Mildred Wirta, 98 of Wadena, dies

The memorial service for Mildred Wirta, 98 of Wadena, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena with Pastor Meltzer presiding. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Mildred was born to Walter and Mary (Mattela) Niemela May 21, 1920 in Biwabik, MN. Mildred Amanda Niemela was united in marriage with Eino Wirta March 8th, 1947 in Ely MN, where they resided for many years.
Mildred was a long time active member at First Lutheran Church of Ely, and she enjoyed serving on various committees. She found joy in spending time with her family, quilting, knitting, embroidering, baking, gardening, playing cards and Farkel.
In May 2015, Mildred moved from Ely to Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, where she lived until July 7, 2018, when she died peacefully and entered into God’s Kingdom of Glory.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eino; sisters: Minerva and Marian; and nephew David Brown.
She is survived by her son, Richard (Susan) Wirta; grandchildren: Eric (Holly) Wirta, Jason (Melissa) Truax and Tonia Auerbach; great-grandchildren: Ryan Wirta, Kaylee Wirta, Blake Wirta, Benjamin Truax, Reese Truax, Madeline Auerbach, Charlotte Auerbach and Elizabeth Auerbach; nephews: John (Marge) Brown and family, Inga Brown and family, Tom (Linda) Brown and family; along with cousins, and a close family friend and care giver, Bill Grivette.
Honorary urn bearers will be Mildred’s grandchildren.
Burial will be held in the Ely Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21.
Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church in Ely, (915 E Camp St, Ely, MN 55731).
Arrangements with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services Wadena, MN (