Mildred Wikoff

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Mildred "Rintie" Burke Wikoff Mildred, or "Rintie" as she was known to all her friends and family, passed away surrounded by family on Friday, July 18th, 2014, in Alameda, Calif. This remarkable lady was born to Michael and Jennie Grode in 1922 in Menasha Wis. She was born a twin, and her brother Milton died at birth. Rintie was often fond of saying that at her birth the doctor told her parents to "baptize her right away, she's not going to be with us long", as Rintie weighed in at only three pounds. Ninety-two years later, his prediction finally came to pass. Raised in a family of eight siblings, she attended school in Menasha and graduated from Menasha High School. She attended The University of Wisconsin for one year, and when World War II broke out, she served our nation as an employee of The Selective Service System. After the war in 1946 while on a trip to California to visit her brother, an old school friend from Wis. introduced her to his U.S.Marine buddy. With Phillip Burke, a war hero, it was love at first sight. In November of 1947, they married and started a life together in Burbank. Mr. Burke graduated from USC and became employed as Asst. Editor of the Green Sheet Construction Newspaper. Phillip and Rintie Burke had four children, Phillip Michael, Christian Benjamin, Jennie Ellen and Susan Jean. The active family enjoyed many frequent weekend fishing and camping trips together, participated in little league baseball games, bluebird and campfire girls and many other activities. Rintie was proud of receiving a lifetime PTA achievement award. On January 1st, 1962, Mr. Burke died suddenly from a result of old war injuries. Rintie went to work as a part-time reporter for the newspaper that her husband had worked for, juggling a career while raising four children. While at work, she met Kenneth Wikoff, an inspector for the City of Burbank building department. In 1969 they married and lived in Burbank, later Long Beach. They spent their retirement years in Paso Robles until Kenneth passed away in 2012. Throughout her life Rintie loved to entertain with friends and relatives. There are many friends of her children who considered Rintie their "second mom", and her home was always a welcome haven for all and a constant center of activity. She enjoyed square dancing, golf and was always good company. Rintie will be missed, but she is leaving behind a legacy of love and good cheer with all that knew her. Rintie is survived by sons; Mike Burke (Debbie Whitney), Chris (Marilyn) Burke, daughters; Jennie (Richard) Schneider, Susan (Kevin) Colleton, grandchildren; Mark (Roseanna Castillo) Schneider, Brett Schneider, Shannon Colleton and Kelly Colleton, sister-in-law Mardi (Rich) Richard, special niece Geraldine Martin, and many other loving relatives. The Funeral Service for Mildred 'Rintie' Wikoff will be Monday, July 28, 2014 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. For information contact Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Friends of Paso Robles Public Library, 1000 Spring St., Paso Robles, Ca. 93446 and www.keepmemoryalive.org. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 26, 2014
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