Mildred Marie Phillips was born December 6, 1918 to Emma (nee Breitzmann) and Edward Niles Phillips in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She was baptized into the Lord Jesus at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan five weeks later and confirmed her faith at Cross Lutheran Church in Milwaukee on April 9, 1933. Mildred was united in marriage with H. Franklin “Bert” Lange on July 20, 1957 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Their marriage was blessed the following year with the birth of a daughter, Virginia–“Ginny.” In 1988 Ginny married John Daly. He became like a son to Bert, who was happy that John was a dedicated Christian husband. God blessed Mildred and Bert with two grandchildren–Thomas and Catherine.
Mildred was extremely artistic and used that spiritual gift in service to her Lord. After graduating from the old Lutheran High School in 1937, she graduated from Milwaukee State Teachers College in 1944 and taught art in two public school systems–Reedsburg and Delavan, Wisconsin. Later she also taught art on a volunteer basis at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 68th and Forest Home. Plus she taught ceramics part time at MATC for eight years.
Mildred was devout believer in Jesus. This is her own confession of her faith: “I believe that Jesus is my Savior. He alone has taken away my sins, without any good works on my part, but my love for my Lord has prompted me to try to walk in the way he would want me to walk. I have the assurance that my Lord has bought me as His own and has reserved a place for me in heaven.” Mildred was always reading the commentaries from the People’s Bible Study series, enjoying the wonderful insights into God’s Word that they gave her. She received her pastors joyfully whenever they came to bring her God’s Word and the Sacrament.
Mildred was an incredible evangelist, talking to everyone she could about Jesus. She wrote lots of letters, encouraging people to put their trust in Jesus. Especially during the last years of her life she demonstrated contentment and patience as the Lord led her through many difficulties in her health. She has now won the victory over all of them.
Mildred is survived by her daughter, Ginny (John), and her two grandchildren, Thomas and Catherine. She is also survived by her godchild and favorite niece, Linda Phillips, her sister-in-law, Geraldine Phillips, plus other nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Her husband Bert and her two brothers, Everett (Leona) and Myron Phillips, preceded her in death.
She has now gone into glory to be with the Lord and all the saints forever.
BLESSED BE HER MEMORY!
Visitation Saturday at LUTHER HAVEN, 8949 N. 97th St. from 12PM-1PM with a Funeral Service at 1PM. Private interment St. John’s Cemetery.
If so desired memorials to Risen Savior Church appreciated.