Mildred G. “Millie” (Koetz) Finzel

Mildred G. “Millie” (Koetz) Finzel

Mildred G. “Millie” (Koetz) Finzel, age 96, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:24 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at Luther Manor. To celebrate Millie’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Due to the COVID-19 concerns all who attend will be required to wear a face covering. To honor Millie’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, November 2, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Church, 241 Peosta Street, with Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia, Iowa.

Millie’s livestream feed for her service can be found on St. John the Baptist Church’s Facebook page or by following this link

Millie was born on January 17, 1924, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Michael and Edna (Theilen) Koetz.

Millie graduated from Peosta High School, Class of 1941. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Norbert M. Finzel, on November 22, 1945, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. They were blessed to spend 30 years together, and raise their daughter Janice, before Norbert passed away on May 7, 1976. Millie was proud to be a full time wife, mom and homemaker, as well as helping Norbert with the day to day running of the farm earning her the title of the “Egg Lady”. Her faith was an important part of her daily life. Millie was a long time member of the Church of the Resurrection and their Rosary Society and St. John the Baptist Church. She was always very active, being a member of the 62+ Club taking frequent bus trips with Tri-State Tours. She bowled regularly well into her 90’s and served as the secretary for the Retired Mixed Bowling League. Millie enjoyed gardening, crocheting, sewing, playing cards and Polka dancing. She never sat still! Above all Millie’s family meant the world to her. The grandkids were her pride and joy and they always knew that if mom said “no”, grandma was just across the yard to have a different answer for them. We are deeply saddened at losing our wonderful grandma, great-grandma and sister, but take some comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with Norbert and Janice, and all of her family members in Eternity.

Those left to cherish Millie’s memory include

her grandchildren,
Christa Knapp, Dubuque, IA,
Martina (Chris) Willey, Allerton, IA,
Jenifer (Bill) Lewis, Onslow, IA
and Jay Michael (Steph Heinsius) Lochner, Olin, IA;

her great-grandchildren,
Carlen, Riley, Riana, Clayton, Sam and Grace Ann;

her 4 step-great-grandchildren;

her 3 step-great-great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Francis (Marian) Koetz, Centralia, IA
and Glenn (Madonna) Koetz, Dubuque, IA.

Millie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norbert Finzel; a daughter, Janice (Allen) Lochner; 2 sisters, Marilyn Koetz and Madonna (Harold) Schmitt; and 2 brothers, one in infancy and Joseph Koetz.

Millie’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor for all of their kind and attentive care of Millie.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Mildred G. Finzel Family.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
November 1st, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Funeral service

St. John the Baptist Church
241 Peosta Street, Peosta, Iowa
November 2nd, 2020 at 10:30 AM

5 condolences for Mildred G. “Millie” (Koetz) Finzel
  1. Patsy Schueller says:

    My sympathy to you, Millie’s family. She was a wonderful sister and so kind to my Mom, Madonna.
    RIP, Millie!

  2. Ron Herbst says:

    Just sending my deepest sympathy for your loss. Mildred was just really something. I grew up helping them on the farm and she was just an unbelievable worker, always in a good mood,funny, a good cook, kept the house clean, took care of all the animals and an excellent partner with Norbert. I have nothing but great memories and once again very sorry for your loss. Also sorry I couldn’t attend her service.

  3. PATRICIA THUL says:

    You have our sympathy. She was a great lady. Mildred and my Mom, Ina Hohmann, made wedding cakes together for years, including mine. Always loved visiting with her and Norbert and going fishing on weekends when we were younger. Lots of great memories.
    Ray & Pat Thul

  4. Steven Schueller says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I’m Bill Schueller’s son, Blanche (Fincel) Schueller’s grandson. I have a fond memory of Millie…At dads funeral she introduced herself to myself and my wife and made sure we knew she was a Finzel with a Z! We had a mini family history and how I wish we could have had more time to visit! Again we pray God keep you in his loving hand in this time of sorrow. Steven Schueller

  5. Fr. Paul Otting says:

    I have pleasant memories of Millie from her days at
    St. Mary’s Apartments, where I Celebrated Mass.
    Prayers for her and her loved ones in her
    Fr. Paul Otting

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