Ollinger, Mildred A. “Millie”
A Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred A. “Millie” Ollinger, 82, of Coralville, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Richmond with Father Wallace Helms officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Keota. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Millie Ollinger died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a brief illness.
A memorial fund has been established for St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Mildred Adeline (Duwa) Ollinger was born April 6, 1930, in rural Kalona, Iowa, the daughter of William and V. Fern (Haller) Duwa. She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and on Oct. 4, 1949, she was united in marriage to Leo Ollinger. Millie owned and operated Diamond Mil’s in Coralville from 1972 to 1990 and was a cook at the Johnson County Jail from 1984 to 1997.
She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Iowa City. Millie enjoyed making quilts, embroidering, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, gardening, baking and cooking. She loved Iowa Wrestling, family get-togethers and made many wedding and birthday cakes for family and friends.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna (Vic) Zender of West Branch and Audrey Ollinger O’Hara of West Branch; three sons, John (Mary) Ollinger of Keota, Nick (Tami) Ollinger of Kalona and Gus Ollinger of Iowa City; one son-in -law, Jerry (Pat) Strabala of Washington; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Trilly.
Preceding Millie in death were her parents; her husband Leo in 1998; two daughters, Pamela Strabala and Paula Ollinger; two sons, Samuel and William Ollinger; two brothers, Wayne and Donald Duwa; one sister, Velda Chalupa; and one grandson, Steven Strabala.
Published in The Gazette Nov. 20, 2012.