1935 - 2019

Mildred Brenneman, 83, passed away with her loving family by her side on Friday, March 8, 2019, of complications from congestive heart failure.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at First Mennonite Church in Iowa City. Contributions can be made to Crooked Creek Christian Camp, P.E.O. scholarships, or Pleasant Hill Church restoration in Joe-town.

Mildred Brenneman was born Aug. 27, 1935, in rural Washington County, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Mary (Stout) Salterberg. She graduated from Packwood High School and Iowa Wesleyan College. 

In 1957 Millie was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Dickinson in Packwood. She and Bob lived in Newton, Iowa, where she taught grade school and worked in sales until her retirement. Bob passed away in 1991. 

In June of 1997, Millie and Wallace (Wally) Brenneman married in Newton. They lived in Joetown until moving to Kalona.  

After her move to Joetown she wanted her Newton friends to be able to find her, so she took it upon herself to do research and successfully put Joetown on the map.  She was proud of the village of Joetown and took her role of being married to the owner of the Joetown Garage seriously.  She used her love of gardening to nurture the flower bed on the Joetown corner for all to enjoy.  

She was instrumental in leading restoration of Pleasant Hill Church in Joetown.

 Millie and Wally attended the First Mennonite Church in Iowa City.  She was also a member of the University Club Writers Group and a long-time member of P.E.O. 

Millie is survived by her husband: Wally of Kalona; daughter: Ann Dickinson (Craig) Nida of Ankeny, Iowa; stepsons: Erick (Pam) Brenneman of Joetown and Tom Brenneman of Harrisonburg, Va.; nine stepgrandsons; sisters: Juanita Bray of Prior Lake, Minn., Janine (Doug) Calsbeek of Orange City, Iowa, Sheryl (Ron) Griese of Longmont, Colo., Linda (Rich) Sloma of Des Moines, and Susan Salterberg of Iowa City; brother: Bill (Leslie) Salterberg of Stevensville, Mont.; niece: Rita Bray Bennett, Greensboro, N.C.; great-niece: Erin Bennett, Washington, D.C.; and numerous other nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother: Roger Salterberg; and her first husband: Bob.


The Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona is caring for Millie and her family. www.powellfuneralhomes.com

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