Mildred Gladys Willeke

August 10, 1938 ‒ April 25, 2020

Cardington, Ohio

Mildred Gladys Willeke, age 81 of Cardington, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Marion General Hospital.

Mildred was born August 10, 1938 in Alexandria, Ohio, the daughter of Beverley Lee and Lucy Gladys (Lahmon) Ferrell.

Mildred was united in marriage to Franklin Dean Willeke on May 10, 1960. Mildred and Franklin shared 57 years of marriage until he preceded her in death on November 5, 2017.

Mildred was a devoted homemaker to her husband and 5 children. She loved to bake and was a wonder chef. At one time, she and Franklin owned and operated the 36 West Diner in Delaware. In their earlier years, Mildred and Franklin enjoyed western line dancing. Most of all, she was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. Having everyone together filled her heart with joy and watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren overwhelmed her with pride.

She is survived by her children: Lucy (Todd) Bailey of Punta Gorda, FL, Rita Willeke of Delaware, OH, Carl Willeke of Cardington, OH, Ralph (Nancy) Willeke of Port Charlotte, Fl, and John Willeke of Columbus, OH; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mildred is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Franklin D. Willeke.

Services will be held privately for the family.

The Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Gilead is honored to serve the Willeke family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


  • So sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained yet another angel from our family. I cherish the childhood memories visiting Uncle Frank and Aunt Millie and all of the kids. Prayers for the family as you go through this difficult time.

  • Sending my condolences to the family. I have so many memories to keep in my ❤️ Uncle Frank and aunt Millie was sweet and wonderful people. They have gone to heaven to be with others in our family but they will never be forgotten♥️May they rest in peace

  • I’m so glad that I got to meet her, she was a very sweet lady and always hugged me. I’m so sorry and you all are in my prayers at this time of sorrow my god keep his arms wrapped around the family.