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Mildred Ollinger

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred A. "Millie" Ollinger, 82, of Coralville, will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM 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 Friday, November 23 from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona, with a Prayer Service at 7:30PM.  A general memorial fund has been established.  Millie Ollinger died Sunday, November 18 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a brief illness.

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 October 4, 1949 she was united in marriage to Leo Ollinger.  Millie owned and operated Diamond Mil's in Coralville from 1972 a�" 1990 and was a cook at the Johnson County Jail from 1984 a�" 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, Audrey Ollinger O'Hara of West Branch, three sons, John (Mary) Ollinger of Keota, Nick (Tami) Ollinger of Kalona, Gus Ollinger of Iowa City, one son in law, Jerry (Pat) Strabala of Washington, 10 grandchildren, 4  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.

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I remember Millie as an independent, fiesty woman with a warm smile and a deep love for her family, friends and God. She was a legend in her time and will always be missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones; I am so sorry.

Karen Brown-Wilson Nov 24 2012 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to the Ollinger family.

Kathi Harding McKinn Nov 24 2012 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Millie's passing. We enjoyed seeing her at Saturday evening Mass at St. Thomas More Church and Zach's activities over the years. She will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lou Ann, Bill, Cara and Mike Montgomery

Lou Ann Montgomery Nov 23 2012 12:00 AM

I will miss her on the bus trips. I will miss her Easter Tree. I will miss her.

bob dane Nov 23 2012 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Millie's passing. My sympathies to all of the family. She was a wonderful person. She will be missed by so many. Lois

Lois Akers-Schaller Nov 22 2012 12:00 AM

Audrey and family,Our sympathies in the loss of your mother and grandmother. It's always hard to lose someone you love but knowing others care will hopefully help to lessen the pain and make it just a little easier to go on with life. Cherish the good memories.Jerry and Marlene Liebergen

The Liebergens Nov 21 2012 12:00 AM

I was so sad to hear of Millie's passing..she was a wonderful,givin g and thoughtful woman and I enjoyed being around her alot. She was such a joy to get to know and although I wouldn't see her often when I did it was like we would pick up where we left off. My Condolensces go out to the Ollinger family know that your in my thoughts. Rest in Peace Millie

Deanna Nov 21 2012 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Millie's passing away. We send our condolensces to the family and will keep you in our prayers!

Katie and Josh Pins Nov 21 2012 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful, loving lady. Millie will always hold a special place in the memories of all of our Peiffer family. Millie was always there when Mom needed her and was a blessing for all of us. I will always remember her for her laugh and her smile. And for the great kids she raised!! Millie baked our wedding cake as a gift and was so very much appreciated. I hope you find comfort in knowing that Millie is reunited with her children in heaven. God Bless. Pat

PAT Nov 21 2012 12:00 AM

My prayers for healing in the loss of this wonderful woman are with you all. If it were not for Millie I would not have met the most wonderful man I have ever known. I got to know Millie much better in the past few years and will treasure many memories of her. Will miss her deeply. God bless you Ollinger family.

Betty Jarrard Nov 21 2012 12:00 AM