Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, SD with Rev. Michael Enderle officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Clear Lake. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd in the Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake, SD and will resume Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Mildred Ida (Maass) Dumke was born in a house near Albee, SD where she was the seventh of 12 children born to Ed and Louise (Hillman) Maass. She was raised on the Youel farm south of Albee where she attended the Murphy Grade school and the Marietta High School. Following her education, she worked for many area families. Her family moved to several farms during her childhood and later moved to a farm one mile north of Clear Lake, SD.
On June 30, 1936 Mildred was married to Louis Dumke at Brandt, SD. They first lived on the Dumke farm near Rush Lake east of Altamont. They then moved to the Karl Fromm farm before moving to a farm north of Tunerville and then in 1944 moved to the farm northeast of Tunerville. Here they farmed and raised their family. In 1979, they retired from farming and moved into Clear Lake, SD. On October 28, 1992 Louis passed away. Mildred remained in her home until moving to the Deuel Manor Apartments in 1999. In September of 2005 she moved into the Hidewood Estates. In April of 2011 she entered the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake, SD where she passed away on Monday, January 30, 2012 at the age of 97 years.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, SD. She was also a member of the 212 club for many years. Mildred enjoyed flowers and gardening. She spent most of her life dedicated to caring for people and was the same loving and caring person to the end.
Mildred in lovingly remembered by her children: Larry (Audrey) Dumke, Watertown, SD, Curtis (Annette) Dumke, Waconia, MN, Gail (Gary) Jaeger, Goodwin, SD, Lori (Jim) Peterson, Brandt, SD and Rose Rhead, Sioux Falls, SD; eight grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren; sister, Sylvia Hartsel, Clear Lake, SD; sister-in-law, Leona Engen, Clear Lake, SD and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Louis, parents, daughter Myrene Hoftiezer; six sisters: Grace, Mary, Edna, Mabel, Ruth and Doris; 4 brothers: Walter, Arthur, Elmer and Benjamin.