WATERLOO–Funeral services for Mildred “Mickey” Pierce, 65, of Waterloo and formerly of Estherville, were held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the Locke Funeral Home in Waterloo with Pastor Bruce Miller of the Heartland Vineyard Church officiating. Interment was at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo.
She died on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center in Waterloo of complications from a lengthy illness.
Mildred Marie Loeschen, the daughter of Carl and Lorna (Kroenke) Loeschen was born on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1942, at the Park View Clinic in Estherville. “Mickey” was a World War II baby and lived in defense plant housing with her parents in Manitowac, Wis., and Bettendorf before her dad was called to war. She was over 3 years old before her dad came home from the war. Mickey started her early education by skipping kindergarten and starting first grade when she was only 4 years old.
She received her entire education in the Estherville schools and graduated from Estherville High School in 1960. After graduation, Mickey worked in Estherville for a year before her marriage in 1961. Mickey married Donald W. Pierce on June 25, 1961, in Emmetsburg. They made their first home in a cozy 8 by 32 trailer house in Pocahontas. Later in 1962, they moved to Estherville where Mickey managed the Cozy Grove motel. By 1964 they moved on to Spencer where Mickey worked at the Spencer Credit Bureau. Later the young couple lived in Des Moines, Webster City, Fairmont and Iowa Falls before settling in Waterloo where they purchased their first home and spent the rest of their life.
Mickey and Don became the proud and loving parents of their son Timothy Ray in 1963 and daughter Melissa Ann in 1981. Her husband Don was taken home to be with the Lord on Dec. 3, 1996.
Mickey was a member of the Heartland Vineyard Church in Waterloo. She came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age in her adult life and was not timid about sharing her faith with others she met in her life. She devoted her life to Jesus Christ and always put the needs of others before her own. When she came to realize her time on this earth was almost over, she eagerly awaited being taken home to heaven and reunited once again with her husband Don. She was born on Christmas Eve and taken home to heaven on Christmas Eve.
She is survived by her son Tim, daughter Melissa, son-in-law Michael Johnson and her grandchildren Kayla and Dylan, all of Waterloo. She also is survived by her mother Lorna Loeschen and brother Larry Loeschen and his wife Susan of Estherville, sister Karen Jordan of Bethel, Minn., brother Charles Loeschen and his wife Jane of Sand Pointe, Idaho, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mickey in death were her husband Don, father Carl Loeschen, grandparents Fred and Pauline Loeschen and Albert and Anna Kroenke.