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Ethel Miller

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Ethel Mae Miller, age 95 of New Hampton, Iowa died Sunday May 16, 2010, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, New Hampton with Pastor Glen Smith officiating. Interment will be in the New Hampton Cemetery with Lee Miller, John Miller, Katie Miller, Krista Miller, Andrew Miller and Tom Schmitz serving as pallbearers. Friends may call 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2010, at the Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday. Ethel Mae Miller was born March 11, 1915, in New Hampton, Iowa the daughter of Andrew and Mathilda (Natvig) Vaala. She received her education in New Hampton, graduating from the New Hampton High School. She then attended the former Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls receiving her teaching certificate. Ethel Mae later attended Upper Iowa University. She taught in Parkersburg and New Hampton schools. On December 29, 1943, in Salt Lake City, UT, she married Lee Miller. To this union two sons were born. Ethel Mae was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Loafers Club, PEO and the Carnigie Cultural Center. In her younger years she enjoyed golfing and then later played many games of Bridge. For the last 20 or so years, on a daily basis, Ethel Mae made chocolate chip cookies and delivered them to the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Survivors include two sons; Kendall (Beatrice) Miller of LeClaire, IA and Alan (Barbara) Miller of Brooklyn Park, MN; four grandchildren, Captain Lee (Julie) Miller, Captain John (Captain Katie) Miller, Krista Miller and Andrew Miller; two great-grandchildren, Cassie and Carson Miller; one cousin, Melba (Vaala) Robinson of Cresco. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee on May 8, 2004; three sisters, Irene Vaala, Gertrude Vaala and Adelaide Petersen; one brother, Gregory Vaala.

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  1. So sorry to hear about your loss. You have our deepest sympathies and our in your thoughts and prayers. Just remember she is in a better place. Joel, Denise and Kylie Franzen


  3. Our family would like to extend our condolences on the death of your mother, Ethel Mae. Lee and Ethel Mae were life long friends of our family. I remember many times shared, from visiting when your family had the New Hampton Motel to fishing in Wabasha. Your mother was a faithful friend until the end, brining coffee and cookies to Mom several times a month. (Mom is now totally blind and house bound). It was always a high point to Mom’s day when they visited! They visited as old friends do and remembered good times and the husbands, whom they miss dearly and are (were) so lonesome for. Mom has only been out of the house once this past year, but I suggested that I would come from my home in Wisconsin to take her to the services. She is very weak and is unable to do so, and is saddened by the fact that she cannot greet you in person. I promised her that I would send our sympathy via the guestbook. Your Mother was a wonderfu person and will be dearly missed! Sincerely with sympathy and fond memories, The Russell Fliger Family Clydene Fliger Bill Fliger Susan and Dennis Peters

  4. We hare at Farm Service Agency always enjoyed Ethel Mae’s visits to the office. She was a delight to wait on and a classy lady. The last time I waited on her she had the cutest Sketcher shoes on and we had such a good time showing them to all the others but she just didn’t think they were that special. We will miss her! You have our deepest sympathy.

  5. To Mrs. Miller’s family – Please accept my sympathy. I fondly remember when Mrs. Miller was my fourth-grade teacher. She was a true inspiration and a wonderful educator.

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