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Ruth Ann (Goldstein) Mielke

May 30, 1936 ~ November 10, 2021 (age 85)


Ruth Ann Mielke, age 85, of Three Oaks, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

Her life began May 30, 1936 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, one of two children born to Irving and Tobaya Goldstein.  She married George Albert Phillip Mielke June 24, 1967 in St. Joseph, Michigan.  After forty-one years of marriage, he preceded her in death October 16, 2008. 

Ruth Ann Loved her grandchildren, children, and her dog Jojo. She enjoyed gardening, playing piano, as well as feeding and watering the birds. She especially liked bluebirds. She was an excellent baker - her specialties were blueberry/cherry, pecan, pumpkin and lemon meringue pies. She liked the morning sun, puzzles, and cryptograms. One of Ruth Ann’s prized possessions were her grandmother’s rose bushes, which still are growing today.

Ruth Ann graduated from Benton Harbor in 1954. She went on to become an accountant and worked for Midwest Timer for a number of years. She left work to become a stay-at-home mom, raising her two children. Ruth Ann returned to work in the late 1980’s and became a cook at several restaurants and even cooked for the high school.

Ruth Ann will be greatly missed by family and friends.  She is survived by one daughter, Rebecca (Dennis Huey) Finney of Jackson; one son, Philip (Kelly) Mielke of Galien; four grandchildren, Taylor (Jake Knapp) Mielke, Sara (Mike Peterson) Mielke, Amber (Matt) Henney, and William Finney; six great grandchildren, Ryan, Stevie, Mia, Jayden, Arabella, and Luna; one brother, Ron Goldstein of Coloma; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Family and friends will gather Sunday, November 14, 2021 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm in Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Ruthann be made to The Berrien County Cancer Services, 3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph, Michigan, 49085.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
November 14, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel
106 Ash Street East
Three Oaks, MI 49128

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