Lillian ‘Pete’ Mikkelson

Nov. 30, 1936 – Dec. 28, 2009

    Lillian "Pete" Mikkelson of Big Bend, formerly of Rhinelander, found peace Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, after a courageous battle with heart disease, but her will and strength live on in the hearts of all who knew her. She was born Nov. 30, 1936, in Rhinelander, to Charles and Virginia (DeNoyer) Smith.
    Lillian is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Douglas M. Mikkelson; mother-in-law, Beulah Mikkelson of Rhinelander; her daughters, Terri Smith of Ironwood, Mich., Dawn (Brad) Minor of Cartersville, Ga., JoEllen (Dave) Schneider of Hartland, Marikay (Tim) Dulka of Big Bend and Tracie (Harvey) Kuehl of Genesee; her son, David (Roxanne) Mikkelson of Appleton; sisters, Shirley (Leroy) Petersen, Darlene (Dewaine) Mattek, Yvonne (Gilbert) Daugherty and Marti (Mat) Smith; brothers, Donald (Rosemary) Smith, Louis (Margo) Smith, Charles (Kathy) Smith, William (Julie) Smith and Douglas (Pam) Smith; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Virginia; father-in-law, Nels Mikkelson; and brothers, Jimmy and Roger Smith.
    Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, Carlson Funeral Home, 134 N. Stevens St., Rhinelander. Visitation continues from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Jan. 2, at the funeal home, with the Rev. James Mickelson officiating. Interment will be in Forest Home Cemetery in Rhinelander.
    In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Foundation in Lillian’s name would be appreciated.
    Carlson Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 715-369-1414 or visit online at