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February 1, 2023

10/11/2022 5:29:00 AM
Gloria May Mikkelson

Gloria May (Cloke) Mikkelson, 81, of Rhinelander passed away peacefully at home, on Friday morning, October 7, 2022, with her family at her side and under the care of Compassus at Home Hospice.

Gloria was born on Sept. 25, 1941, in Blackwell Junction, the daughter of William and Viola (Kloach) Cloke. She was united in marriage to Robert Lee Mikkelson on Oct. 22, 1960, he preceded her in death on May 3, 1997.

She is survived by her daughters, Diana (Scott) Roou, Jodi Forster, and her son, Cory (Jennifer) Mikkelson, brother, Gilbert Anderson, two sisters, Julia Mikkelson and Barbara (Paul) Janke, grandchildren, Aaron Mangerson, Cristina Kallio, step-granddaughter, Stephanie Roou, Mandy Beaudry, Justin Forster, Elizabeth Cook, Robert Mikkelson, Thaylen Mikkelson, and foster granddaughter, Mary.

Also surviving are 14 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ida Cloke-Anderson, father, William Cloke, infant sister Catherine Cloke, husband Robert, infant son Robert James Mikkelson, and brother, George William Cloke.

She was a longtime and devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Gloria loved working as a teacher's aid at three different schools, West Side Elementary, Newbold Elementary, and lastly Crescent Elementary. The children at these schools kept her young.

Gloria then transitioned to working at the Pioneer Park Historical Museum, where she enjoyed interacting with many people. She learned all she could about the one-room schoolhouse when she worked there, in order to pass on her knowledge to visitors. She did this when she worked in the CCC building, and the main building with the gift shop, and the train depot.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to donate to any children's organization because Mom really had a heart for children.

The visitation for Gloria will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 320 Lincoln Street, Rhinelander from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service. Rev. Rod Ankrom will officiate.

Immediately following the service, the family cordially invites everyone to join them in the church hall for a luncheon and fellowship.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2022
Article comment by: Michelle Fenske (Hill)

I had no idea Aunt Glor passed. Aunt I called her... was a true Blessing. I am so sorry for your loss.
Much Love.

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