Mildred M. Birkett

April 28, 1926 - October 27, 2018

Mildred M. Birkett, age 92, of Colby, WI, died peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague, MN.  Mildred was born on April 28, 1926 in Freemont Township, WI to Walter and Viola (Dahl) Foemmel.  She was raised in the Chili, WI area and graduated from Loyal High School. She married Willis Birkett on July 24, 1946 in Granton, WI and the couple made their home in Colby, WI, where they raised their seven children.  Mildred’s interests and activities revolved around her family and the making of her home.  She was a member of the Homemakers Club in Colby and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and knitting.  She gardened and loved cooking and canning the fruits of her garden and was known for her dinner buns.  She was a woman who always looked for the positive in life and enjoyed nothing more than time spent with her family.


Mildred is survived by her children, Roger (Patty) Birkett of Madison, WI, Dale (Marcia) Birkett of Fall River, WI, Susan (Leo) Joubert of Waterville, MN, Duane (Terry) Birkett of Kronenwetter, WI, Sherri (Dave) Ohnsted of Duluth MN, Lynette (Christian) Brandt of New Prague, MN; sister-in-law, Olive Foemmel of New London, MN; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Willis, on February 23, 2004; son, Arlan Birkett; sister, Irene Smazel; brothers, Walter and Gilbert Foemmel.


There will be a graveside service on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM at Colby Cemetery in Colby, Wisconsin.

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Terri Birkett
1 year ago

My condolences to Mildred’s family and friends. RIP Millie…

1 year ago

My deepest condolences to the Family on the lost of your dear loved one our average life span is 70yrs or 80yrs if especially strong (Psalm 90:10) Ms Birkett lived beyond that living a full life may you find comfort in God’s promise that we will be able to see our loved ones again (John 5:28,29)

Jon Genier
1 year ago

My condolences to Mildred’s family. May the hope expressed at Job 14:13-15 give you some comfort for your great loss.

Brenda & Scott & Lee Baker
1 year ago

Oh – so sorry for your loss. Glad she was able to come to Duluth again for Cory’s graduation party. She raised a wonderful family. God bless her and give you all peace.

Vicki and Steve Peterson
1 year ago

Our deepest sympathy Sue , Butch and family. May she rest in peace and I am sure she was thankful for all the time and love you shared with her.

Roberta Worley
1 year ago

I have fond memories of playing croquet in her yard. Aunt Mildred had a wonderful quiet disposition. I’m thankful I was able to see her back in 2008. I will miss her greatly.

Mary Joubert
1 year ago

My sympathy to the Birkett Family..She was a sweet lady that i knew of her…..

Dixie Johnson
1 year ago

My condolences to all of the family. I’m so glad I had an opportunity to see her a few times these past years. She reminded me so much of Viola Foemmel with her looks. She will be missed.

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