Header Logo

Ila Mihm

ila mihm
Ila Rose Mihm age 100, of New Hampton, IA, died Friday, October 27, 2023, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. James Goerend celebrating the Mass. Interment will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Lawler with Chris Douglas, Charlie Mihm, Connor Mihm, Adam Seiler, Sammy Seiler, and Lindsay Brown serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Katie Hanson, Shanna Savageau, Callie Hover, Amy Ries, Jesse Mihm, Lisa Abe, and the Catholic Daughters of the America's - Lawler. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2023, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Tuesday. Ila Rose Mihm’s very full life began on June 29, 1923. She was born to Anthony John and Katherine Mary Elizabeth (Doerr) Einck in Charles City, Iowa. Ila attended school in Charles City until she was 8 years old when the family moved to a farm outside New Hampton where she attended a one-room school house. While she was working at Fliger's Bakery, Ila met Charlie Mihm (who loved sweet rolls) and they were married on Dec. 27, 1945, at St. Joseph’s Church in New Hampton. They raised their eight children Donna, Denny, Lorri, Jeanine, Charlie, John, Cheri, and Jan on an 80-acre farm outside Lawler. They attended Mount Carmel Church where Ila joined the Catholic Daughters of America 44 years ago. On the farm, Mom maintained a large garden, canned, baked bread and sewed clothes for her children. After Dad was in a serious car accident Mom took over managing the farm chores. The family worked together milking cows and raising pigs and chickens. In 1991 Mom moved to New Hampton and was able to remain in her own home with the loving care and support of her children along with the assistance of St. Croix Hospice Care for the last year and a half. Mom had a wide variety of things she loved: her family, cardinals, roses, the color pink, poetry, gardening, raising flowers, reading, traveling, and playing cards, especially Euchre. She played to win and if she did lose she called it a ‘pity win’ for her rivals (all in fun). She was a passionate fan of Paul Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Barry Manilow, Gary Puckett, the Chicago Cubs, Tiger Woods and Bob Feller, the Royal Family, Zane Grey, and ‘Young and the Restless’. Mom loved children and had a special place in her heart for those she babysat in later years; sharing and teaching them an appreciation for the world around them just as she had done with her children. Her family and friends have described her as energetic, hard-working, fun-loving, always optimistic, youthful, loving, caring, welcoming and having a great sense of humor. Mom’s enthusiasm for life, her love of knowledge, and her curiosity about EVERYTHING made our Mother a joy to be around. Every day was an adventure and she was up for anything. Mom had an insatiable desire to travel. After 50 she traveled through most of the U.S. and several countries. She enjoyed her cruises too. She said ‘I was never on a trip I didn’t like’. (and collected rocks to prove it) In fact, at 99 she convinced us to roll her wheelchair down Main Street for RAGBRAI when it came through New Hampton in 2022. She said it was ‘the best day of her life’. She even made the RAGBRAI website! Mom always surprised us - she learned to like ice cream at 100. Mom touched the lives of all those who were lucky enough to know her and we feel very fortunate to have had her as a Mother. Living family members include her five daughters, Donna Mihm of Vancouver, Canada, Lorri (Dave) Brown of Cleveland, Wisconsin, Jeanine (Ken)Douglas of New Hampton, Cheri (Gary)Thomas of Mason City, and Jan Dickson of Anita; and three sons, Denny Mihm (Marilynn Anderson) of Mason City, Charlie(Shirley) Mihm of Denver, and John (Deb) Mihm of Lawler; her sister Helen Einck of Charles City and sister-In-law Marg Einck of Denver, along with 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charlie L. Mihm in 1979; two brothers, Donald, and Wayne Einck; four sisters, Vera Schmitt, Oril Schmitt, Ardis Wiltse, and Dorothy Carr; brothers-in-law, Matt Schmitt, Bill Schmitt, Bob Wiltse, and Clarence Carr; sisters-in-law Margie Einck and Lea Einck; sons-in-law, Jerry Falck, Ken Jones, Tony Seiler, Dean Dickson; and daughter-in-law, Sharon (Nuehring) Mihm

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. My deepest sympathy to Jeanine Douglas and all the Mihm family! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Cherish the memories! 💕🙏💕

  2. Such a great lady, she will be missed! So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. What a wonderful life!! Always enjoyed my time with Gma Ila!!! RIP Ila!! Thanks for all the memories , sending our sympathies to families ❤️🫂

  4. God’s Blessings to my favorite aunt, Aunt Ila. She was always a special person to me in my life. My most dear wishes to my Aunt Ila’s family as they say goodbye to Her, but not to the memories of her. Let’s remember her smile, her voice, and her laugh.
    Ralph Kauten

  5. Our deepest condolences to Ila’s family! What a wonderful life she lived! May your memories bring you comfort and peace!

  6. Our Deepest Sympathy to the entire family of Ila’s. Prayers amd Thoughts are with you during this difficult time of Loss.
    James & Lyn (Meissen) Bailey

  7. Sending my sympathy to the Mihn family, ILa Rose was a great person and I love to visit with her. Now Charlie and Ilda is back together again. My dad bought seed corn from Chalie and Dad bought a cow for me from Charlie. Good memories.

  8. Extending my sincere sympathy to the Mihm family. I did not know her, but I do know she raised some wonderful kids. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  9. Cheri, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother.

    With sympathy,
    Sarah Nelson, Central Rivers AEA

  10. Family of Rose
    I’m sorry for your Lose. Find rest now that her long life has come to pass. No one likes to lose a mother find peace in the arms of Jesus knowing your mother has reached his arms holding Rose close. I remember times when we talked with Rose a smile and always pleasant to talk with. I commend all the Family who has taken care of Rose until the very end. It’s hard thing anyone can do. God Bless you all for that selfless Loving care Rose was provided.

  11. Cheri I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in your memories and peace in God’s Grace.

    Pat Whitfield

  12. Ila was a warm, kind and strong woman. I enjoyed visiting her in the Spring and that she shared stories about her childhood with me. I feel so blessed to have her share those special memories. We are praying for Jan and the Mihm family.

    With love, Julie Anderson, David and Matthew

  13. Sorry to hear about her passing she was our neighbor on the farm. Nice lady. Will say a prayer for her and her family.

  14. Our sympathy to Donna and her family. She was blest to have her mom all those years. Leroy and Louise Cutsforth

  15. We wish Donna and her family our deepest sympathy. So sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a wonderful lady. Prayers are being sent. Lorraine and Russell Karnik

  16. Angie Laures Jamie Steege Sherry Kramer Crooks Shelley Stalder Sheila O’Brien Rassman Mev Dan-Karen Rosonke Diane N Richard Janet Melvin Bodensteiner Lisa Ries Hilsman Karen Hemesath Kathy Wickman Marlene Richard Tieskotter Peg Brummond Rosie Bruess Rose Baltes Cindy Peters
    If You Want T Shirt
    Order For Here👇👇

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle