Mildred E. Schlei,  96, lifetime resident of Burlington, died Nov. 20, 2011, surrounded by her loving family at Arbor View Communities.

She was born Nov. 27, 1914, in Burlington, to the late Joseph and Rose (Tabis) Kiekenbush. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School, class of 1933, which was the first four-year graduating class from this school.

On Nov. 28, 1942, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she married Harold W. Schlei. He preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1987.

She was a homemaker and long time Avon representative as well as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was an avid gardener, excellent baker, and a loving grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and friends, as well as playing countless games of cards and domino’s. She loved to walk and up until her 80s would take daily walks, these included three-mile jaunts around the lake.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue (Dennis) Spankowski, Burlington; grandchildren, Bryan (Pam) Spankowski, Burlington, Dana (Adrian) Wisniewski, Boulder, Colo., and Britt (Blair) Spankowski, Burlington; great-grandchildren, Vincent, Blake, Caleb and Lillian; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her brothers, Raymond (Greta) and Wallace (Florence) Kiekenbush; and sisters, Ramona Brandes and Jane Warren.

Visitation is Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory, 625 Browns Lake Drive, Burlington, followed by funeral services at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rev. James Volkert will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials to St. Mary’s Grade School are suggested.


  1. Bryan & Pam Spankowski

    Grandma Millie, you are an amazing person, and will be missed.

  2. We moved in across the street from Mildred in 1999 and she welcomed us with warmth and kindness. Our entire family feels privileged to have known her and her family. She always encouraged us to be active and stay part of the White Oak (Bohners Lk) neighborhood. Peace be with you ~ Forever.