Wilma Elaine Heidtke, 87, of Austin, Minn., died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City. Funeral Services were held Monday, Sept. 12, at First United Methodist Church in Austin, Minn. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.
Wilma was born Feb. 19, 1924, to Otto and Lottie (Bly) Heidtke. She married Erwin Lawrence Gill on June 6, 1944, in Spring Valley, Minn. They moved to Austin and Wilma worked at Hormel for a few years before giving birth to her two children. After the birth of her kids, Wilma stayed home to raise them. Once the kids were raised Wilma went back to work for the Austin Community School district as a cook.
Wilma loved to give to others, bake, crochet, make kitchen towels, washcloths and most of all she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and close friends. Since April of this year, Wilma lived with her daughter in Solon and then in July she moved to Emerson Point in Iowa City.
She is survived by a son; Phillip (Linda) and their daughter Emily Gill, a daughter; Debra (Paul) Miller and their children Valerie (Greg) Michek, Katie (David) Falco, Natalie Miller, Nathan Miller and Austin Miller. Great grandchildren; Ashton, Nolan and Jaycee Michek, Dominic and Jillian Falco, and a special friend Rita Heyer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother George Heidtke, a sister Doris Renslow and special friend Martin Heyer.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com .