James I. ‘Jim’ Mielke

James I. “Jim” Mielke of Mukwonago passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the age of 90 years.

He was a proud World War II Army veteran and a retired staff sergeant in the National Guard. Jim was a member of the American Legion Post 375 in Mukwonago. He started the Mielke Water Conditioning Company in the early 1960s in Waukesha; this later became the Water Doctors.

Jim also has worked at the Westhaven Veterans Hospital in Waukesha and later as an engineering steward at Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Hospital. He became a pilot and learned to fly seaplanes and even took stunt flying.

Jim will be missed by his children, Jeff (Susan) Mielke, George Mielke and Pamela (Mike Pankonien) Wundrow; grandchildren, Tracee (Anthony) Brooks, Ryan (Sunny) Wundrow, Nick Mielke, Megan (Jeff) Jilling, Michael (Jassy) Mielke, Andrea (Gabriel) Wahhab and James (fiancée Mel Nugent) Mielke; great-grandchildren, Devonte’ Johnson, Lucy Wundrow, Amelia Brooks, Edlyn Wundrow, Ivan Brooks and Sybella Wahhab; and great-great-grandchild Peighton, plus two on the way. He is further survived by his most beloved and cherished special lady friend, Carolyn Dulka, of over 20 years; sister- in-law, Virginia Krohn; stepchildren, Kathy (Paul) Vincent, Chris (Lee) Krumbach, David (Cathy) Meress and the late Mike (Beckie) Meress; 16 step-grandchildren; special neighbors Dan and Marjean Hedrich and Gary Kjell; and other relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy May Krohn, and second wife, Marian Meress; siblings, Fern, Clyde “Butch,” Robert and Lee Mielke.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Full military honors to follow.

Entombment will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit