Mildred Wilson

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Mildred Helen Wilson, 93 of Jesup, died peacefully Nov. 25, with her family beside her at the Buchanan County Health Center – Long Term Care Unit, Independence She was born Dec. 15, 1916, on a family farm near Westgate. She was the daughter of George and Ella (Greening) Schortau. She attended the German Lutheran School at Westgate before traveling to Chicago where she worked as a nanny for a family with three children.
Mildred was united in marriage to John Donald (J.D.) Wilson on March 30, 1940, in Oelwein. She worked at Chamberlain Manufacturing in Waterloo during WWII while her husband was in the service. J.D. and Mildred made their home and raised their children in Jesup. J.D. preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 1996.
She is survived by four children: Becky Galyen of Merrill, Pamm (Jerry) Fratzke of Jesup, Andrew Wilson of Denver, Colo., and Mark Wilson of Jesup, and his special friend Theresa Truog of Littleton; also two grandchildren: Scott Galyen of Des Moines and Adriane (Matt) McKernan of Cedar Falls. She is also survived by six sisters: Ivah Lawless of Fayette, Eleanor Gehrke of Sumner, Helen Rapp of Cedar Falls, Dorothy Sommars of Los Angeles, Calif., Adella (Jerry) Hohmann of Wheaton, Ill., and Alyce (Fred) Pink of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Agnes Michael of Oelwein, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, J.D. she is preceded in death by an infant sister; her son-in-law, James Galyen; two brothers-in-law: Floyd Lawless and Otto Rapp and nephew Stephen Hohmann.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at Grace Lutheran Church, Jesup. Burial will be at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Independence. Memorials will be directed to Grace Lutheran Church in Jesup. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, where there will be a Scripture Services at 7:00 p.m. Monday. Visitation will continue for an hour before services Tuesday at the church. Online condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2010