Obits – Dennis W. Mielke

Dennis W. Mielke, age 72, of Cologne, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2013 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church (210 Church Street East), Cologne with Father Gregory Abbott as celebrant of the Mass; visitation was Monday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and one hour prior to the Mass at church; interment Church Cemetery.
Dennis was born on June 23, 1940 in Watertown the son of Willmar A. and Sarah E. (Templin) Mielke. On April 30, 1960 Dennis was united in marriage to Mary Salden at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne. Mary passed away on Feb. 22, 1991. On March 22, 1993 Dennis was united in marriage to Doris Cebulla in Glencoe.
Dennis is known and loved for his individualism, his sense of humor and his loyalty to family and friends. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy and developed his passion for the air and the sea. He returned to Carver County to manage his family farm putting innovations into place that later became accepted practices. Without hesitation, he switched careers midlife and became a successful realtor. He had an adventurous spirit and loved piloting his plane and captaining his beloved boats.  He was very proud to become a “Winter Texan” enjoying his winters in South Padre, Texas. It was more than just the warm temperatures and the cool waters of the Gulf that he appreciated. He saw himself in the bold, individualist, frontier mentality that to him personified the spirit of Texas.
Dennis was preceded in death by his wife Mary Mielke; parents Willmar and Sarah Mielke; brother Alan Mielke.
Dennis is survived by his loving family wife Doris; children Cheryl (Colin) Robertson of Lagrang, Ill., Tim (Debra) Mielke of Wheaton, Ill., Barry (Susan) Mielke of Lester Prairie, Robin (Kirk) Ney of Omaha, Neb.; Julie Cebulla and friend Eddie Leggenhager of Texas, John and Jimi Cebulla of Texas; grandchildren Ian Robertson, Sean Robertson, Matthew Mielke, Nicholas Mielke, Anthony Mielke, Erin Mielke, Alex Mielke, Ellen Mielke, Anna Mielke, Evelyn Mielke, Laura Ney, Kayla Ney, Juliana Cebulla, Victoria Cebulla and Christina Cebulla; great-granddaughter Sentina Mielke; brother and sisters-in-law Dean and Joan Mielke of Midlothian, Va., Jackie Mielke of Plymouth; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Roseann and Larry Schabel of Iowa, Kathy and Mike Bergmann of Walker, Michele and Clarence Hudinski of Chaska, William and Dawn Salden of Cologne; mother-in-law Lorraine Kelzer of Waconia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Carol Kelzer of Iowa, Joe and Debbie Kelzer of Mayer, Paul and Kathy Kelzer of St. Louis Park, Jerry and Lora Kelzer of Waconia, John and Marcie Kelzer of Randall, Donna Herman of Chaska, Ron and Julie Kelzer of Mayer; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers Duane Wolff, Fred Beier, Augie Kreye, Larry Scherber, Duane Lind, Virgil Hedtke, Dale Farber.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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