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Mildred Kathleen (Millie) Funke


1917 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mildred Kathleen (Millie) Funke Obituary
Mildred (Millie)
Kathleen Funke

Our beloved Mother, Nana and Great-Nana left this world peacefully on August 23, 2016. Mildred Kathleen Christensen was born on March 2, 1917 to Harry and Emma Christensen at Lake Nordon, S. Dakota. The first 15 years, she and her parents lived on a farm and she attended the one-room schoolhouse which was located on a corner of their farm, and was appropriately called the "Christensen School." In 1932, the family moved to Alpena where she graduated from high school. She was employed at her father's grocery store.

In 1939, she married her high school sweetheart Charles Funke. They had three children, Donald Dean (deceased), Diane Lee and Charles Darwin.

They moved to Huron and were in the grocery business. In Parker, they owned a market and in Tripp, they owned a restaurant.

Millie her husband Charles, children, Diane and Darwin, parents, Harry and Emma, and Aunt Mable Ausman, moved to Gardena, CA from Huron, South Dakota in 1953. Moving from South Dakota to California, Mildred picked up the nickname "Millie." In 1955 they bought a home, where she lived until her passing. Her husband, Charles G. Funke passed away in June 2002 after 63 years of marriage. To help fill the void of his passing, her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren were always there to help and love her.

Millie worked at the Gardena Valley News for many, many years, and also sold Avon for 35 years. She loved to bowl and was active in UCT, scouts, church, PTA, Royal Neighbor's Lodge, DeMolay's, Job's Daughters, and the YMCA. She enjoyed working, and took great pride, in her beautiful backyard full of flowers, and also knitted and crocheted many afghans and lap robes for people. After retirement, she worked weekends in the office at Roosevelt Memorial Park, where she did a wonderful job with bereaved families. She loved all of her jobs and had a knack of making everyone feel special. She had so many friends from all of her jobs and loved to visit with all of them. She and Charles loved to entertain people in their home and patio. Millie was a talented cook and Millie the "cookie baker" was always on hand to bake cookies for Darwin's car club members, all of her friends, and of course, most of all, for Charles. She also took cookies and goodies to her many neighbors and friends and visited with people who were ill. Millie was truly beautiful inside and out.

She was preceded in death by her beloved, wonderful husband Charles, and a son, Donald Dean. She leaves behind a son, Charles Darwin Funke from Utah; a daughter, Diane Straughn (Gary) from San Pedro; two grandchildren, Don (Visnja) Tyler, and Nancy Lee Ruhl (Britt); four great-grandchildren, Emilie and Aidan Tyler and Eric and Tyler Lee; two cousins, Gary Haas and Kay Hood; her beloved and dedicated caregiver Rainbow Palmer, and her guardian angel Sherri Francl.

There will be a Celebration of Her Life at Roosevelt Mortuary on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be private. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, 2016
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