Mildred Sarah Bartel was born Oct. 8, 1932, in Liberty Township, Vernon County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Hugh and Vangie (Ogden) Harris. She attended, and graduated from, Viola High School. During her school years, Millie was active in cheerleading, band, choir, student council and was crowned the Vernon County Dairy Princess. After high school, Millie worked as a receptionist for a local doctor.
On Jan. 20, 1951, Millie and Walter Bartel were united in marriage at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Viroqua, Wis. Millie and Walt began their married life together on a farm near Readstown, Wis., where Millie raised their young family and helped manage the farm.
The family later moved to Iowa and eventually settled in Le Mars in 1965. Millie worked at Artistic Floral until she and Walt established Bartel Floral in the late 1960s. Millie, Walt and their family served the Le Mars community until 2005 when they retired from the floral business.
Millie was an active member of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars and assisted the parish with funeral dinners.
She enjoyed participating in Red Hat Society activities.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Jim Bartel of Le Mars; son, Tony Bartel and his wife, Desi, of Glenwood, daughter, Pam Rolling and her husband, Russ, of Oyens, son, Steve Bartel, of Castana, daughter Michelle Meyers and her husband, Jim, of Sioux City, and daughter Marcia Conley and her husband, John, of Shawnee, Kan.; grandchildren, Justin (Angel) Weidman, Brian (Shevon) Bartel, Andrea (Geovanny) Pantoja, Kayla Bartel, Eric Bartel, Scott (Shanelle) Rolling, Stacey Kliever, David Rolling, Ashley Bartel, Rachelle (Chad) Kiepe, Curt (Heather) Meyers, Mariah Meyers, Ryan Meyers, Elizabeth Conley, J.P. Conley, Caroline Conley; great-grandchildren, Haley, Dillon and Elijah Weidmann, Liliana Pantoja, Mason Harper, Trent, Sarah, Amber and Brooke Kliever, Kylee and Brycen Rolling, Landon Kiepe, Taryn and Kellan Meyers; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; an infant brother; and three sisters, Almeda Jean Harris, Joan Ray and Donna Starrat.
Mass of Christian burial was 10:30 a.m. today (Friday) at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Paul Eisele celebrating the Mass. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation began at 2 p.m. Thursday with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. There was one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Friday.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family through mauerjohnsonfh.com.