Mildred Ivy O'Connell, age 93, passed away peacefully at Atrium of Appleton on March 25, 2016. Millie was born on July 12, 1922, in Seymour, daughter of the late Henry and Amelia (Tank) Ploger. She was a 1940 graduate of Appleton West High School. Shortly after high school she married the love of her life, Edward O'Connell, in a ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church. They would spend 44 wonderful years of marriage together fishing and spending time at their cottage in Townsend.
Millie was a beloved janitress in the Menasha school system and was also employed at Wisconsin Tissue for over 10 years. When her children were young, Millie taught Sunday school. She was a wonderful seamstress; making everything from Barbie outfits to prom dresses. Millie was known for her sense of humor, kindness and generosity. She was never afraid of a challenge, even learning to drive at the age of 40. She loved music and film. Millie had a good voice and was a natural piano player. Millie was family oriented and adored playing Legos and video games with her grandchildren. Above all, she cherished the time spend with her loved ones.
Millie will be dearly missed by her daughters: Mary (Greg) Richter and Kathy Reiter; her grandchildren Heather (Mike) Stevenson, Vicki (Chris) Sipple, Connie (Brian) Wedin, and Jeff Reiter. She is further survived by her great grandchildren Samantha, Cassandra, Lauren, Ben, Matt, Owen and Dillion; as well as nieces, nephews, relatives and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings; Ester McGuinness, Ralph Ploger and Myrtel Reimer.
The funeral service for Millie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016, at FAITH LUTHERAN Church, 601 E Glendale Ave. Appleton, with Pastor Paul Brinkman officiating. A time of visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmann fargo.com.
Millie's family would like to thank all of the friends and family that kept her in their thoughts and prayers throughout the years.