Patricia Aileen Mielke

East Tawas, Michigan
October 15, 1949 - December 14, 2019


Friday, December 20, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Service Location

Tawas United Methodist Church ~ Tawas City, Michigan


Saturday, December 21, 2019
11:00 AM at the Tawas United Methodist Church

Obituary Notice

Patricia Aileen Mielke, a resident of East Tawas since 1978, formerly of Port Huron, passed away peacefully at her home under the loving care of her family and hospice. Patricia was born on October 15, 1949 in Port Huron to Robert A. and Carolyn E. (Powell) Barker. She earned her master’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan and worked as a school teacher for 18 years, in Port Huron and Iosco RESA. In 2002, Patricia stepped away from her loved teaching profession because of cancer. For the next 18 years, despite the limitations of cancer, she continued to do the things she loved with family and friends. She loved her times at a family cottage in Grand Bend and playing games. She spent many hours doing the things that brought her joy: helping others, sewing, needlework, reading, watching the birds at her feeders, cross country skiing, and hiking. She was an active member of the Tawas United Methodist Church and volunteered countless hours with the United Methodist Women group. She married her husband and best friend, James Mielke on September 23, 1978 in Port Huron and the couple celebrated 41 beautiful years together! Patricia is survived by her beloved husband, James Mielke of East Tawas; 3 sons, Benjamin (Stephanie) Mielke of Auburn Hills, Jonathan Mielke, and James Mielke of Salisbury, North Carolina; 1 brother, Dr. Robert (Colleen) Barker of Traverse City; dear cousins, Cheryl and Laura Frank, and Kathy Schneider; nephew Scott (Sarah) Barker of Gulf Breeze, Florida; and many special friends. Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Carolyn Barker; and her grandparents, Robert and Matilda Powell. Her family will welcome friends for visitation at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Tawas United Methodist Church in Tawas City with Reverend Kris Kappler officiating. A time of visitation will be held at the church on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of her funeral service. Cremation will take place after the funeral and she will be laid to rest at a later date. Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider either the Iosco County Homeless Shelter (Emmanuel Mission) or a charity of your choice in Patricia's name. An online guest registry is available to leave a message of condolence and support at


Iosco County Homeless Shelter (Emmanuel Mission) or a charity of your choice in Patricia's name.


We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious Pat. She was full of such love, peace and joy and will be truly missed.
— Mike and Debbie McCarley
We are so sorry to learn of Patty’s death. She was a true warrior and gave so much to so many. We will miss her.
— Lee and Jo Aplin
To Rob & Colleen and Scott & Sarah,
Our sincere condolences go to you both regarding the loss of such a special sister and dedicated aunt. Pat was a high school friend of mine and although I have not seen her for many years, Rob has kept us updated of her progress. How sad to lose someone whom you all loved so dearly. Please know that prayers and love go in your direction.
— Sandi and Chuck Witzke
What a beautiful lady and a wonderful teacher. She loved her students.
— Lee and Sally Krueger
Dear Dr. Rob,

We are very sorry to hear about your sister. You and Pat's family have our deepest sympathy and prayers during this very difficult time. May she rest in peace with the Lord for all eternity.

The Bradshaw Family
— Jackie Bradshaw
Jim: Jan and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We hope you can find some relief from all you have been through.
Don & Jan Reynolds
Victor NY
My condolences to all of Pat’s family. She was a big help to me as a new teacher with the IRESA. She truly stood up for the little guy. May she Rest In Peace.
— Deanne Thompson
Pat was my lifetime friend & neighbor as we were growing up. We had so many memories and good times throughout our friendship. I was very fortunate to have considered Pat as my best and treasured friend. I think back and remember all the neighborhood activities that were always going on, whether at someone’s particular house or at the school playground. All the neighborhood kids were always welcome to join in. The many pj parties Pat and I went to or we had ourselves and the dances. What fun we had. Throughout our adult years we tried to stay in contact. When Pat came home to visit with her mother in Port Huron, she tried to let me know she was in town & perhaps see if we could get together, if only for a couple of hours. It was so nice to sit with Pat at our 50th class reunion. Unfortunately that was the last time I was able to see my treasured friend! Pat, I will miss you but will think of you and the memories we made and shared. Until we meet again, Pat, I love you! - C. A.
— Carol Ann Edgar
We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your dear wife Pat. We had the pleasure of knowing her through our close friend, Rob Barker, her brother. We know she will be greatly missed by all her family.
— John and Anne McKinney
My sincere condolences to Jim and the Boys. She sure fought long and hard. Pat you leave behind a wonderful legacy in your family and friends. Rest in Peace.
— Carla Grezeszak
Jim, We are so sorry to learn of Pat’s passing. She fought long and hard and never let it win. Her smile was infectious and it was always a pleasure to run into her. Hugs to you and the boys.
— Marsha and Rich Hummel
So sorry to learn of Pat's passing. She was such a nice person and had a very kind soul. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven has indeed received another angel.
— Mary & Bob Karr
Deepest condolences to Jim and the family. My wonderful friend, Pat, will be missed by me and many who loved her. Her strength and perserverance inspired all who knew her. I cherished our time together at the Tawas Point, many walks, sharing stories of life and loss. A beautiful lady and precious soul.
— Sharon Huitema
What a beautiful, strong woman in every way. She was feisty and fun through all her hardships without a complaint. She will be sorely missed !
Prayers and thought embrace Jim and the boys through the tough times ahead. We will be there for you Jim.........
— Sue and Stan
I was a childhood friend of Pat’s. I have wonderful memories of us neighborhood kids playing games, ice skating at the outdoor rink down the street, horseback riding at Red’s stable, or landing at someone’s house to listen to records and play cards. As adults we drifted apart but a few years ago, reconnected and started writing each other. My kids said why not just email? Pat and I agreed we enjoyed the old fashioned way of communicating. Her cards were the best, often incorporating pictures her friend took. I will treasure that last card and mourn that I’ll receive no more. We’ll miss you Pat but rest well until we see you again. My deepest sympathies to all her family.
— Cheryl (Kiefer) Smith
Jim, my thoughts and love are with you. Pat was a remarkable Lady. I loved her dearly.
— Mary K Bean
Jim she was a beautiful soul. She will be greatly missed.
— osvaldo plasencia
Rob and Family,
I was so sad to hear of Pat’s passing. Too soon fir certain. Please know that you all are in my prayers . Prayers for comfort and relief and for sweet memories to grow.
Love, Peggy Bennett(Bigger)
— Peggy Benett
Jim and family - I’m so so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.
— Linda Sucaet
Jim, I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. What a great friend and partner you had keeping you in good company there in your peaceful home. My condolences to you and your boys!
— Cody Best
Pat was a very special friend! As we all drifted apart but connected again a few years ago. I too will miss her beautiful cards. I have kept them all. Whenever I went north I would let her know an we tried to get together. I will miss those times as well. Remembering the life of someone so special and sending thoughts of Love an Peace to all her family.
— Kathy (Arnold) Ferriby
Jim, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:1-3, 8‬ ‭
— Jim Russell OHS ‘67
It was only a couple months ago that Marilyn and I met Pat. While we spent just a few hours getting to know her, it was clear why she was so special to you, Jim, and to so many others. She was a gentle spirit with a strong will.
We’re very sad to hear of Pat’s passing and the unimaginable loss that you, your family and friends feel.
Our prayers are with you.
— Marilyn & David McKeehan
Pat meant a lot to me and my entire family. Our kids still talk about their summer trips to Tawas to see Jim & Pat. Lisa loved her so much and always admired her kind, gentle strength. Our deepest condolences to Jim and family.
— Chris DeAngelis and family
Jim: a lady to never forget, we enjoy it during the summer, Spring and Autumn this year, I will never forget her. Always in my heart. Blessing to you Pat.
— Alberto Olivares
I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. I am a former 18th Street neighbor and last saw Pat, Rob and Colleen at Carolyn's funeral. My dear Mom, Doreen Joyce, always kept me up to date about your family. Please know that your family are in my prayers.
— Lesley Kennedy (Joyce)
Jim I am so sorry for your loss. I was glad to have a some to to visit when we last met. My condolence to you family.

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