Mildred Mettler-Tufts

Mildred Mettler-Tufts, 89, a resident of Gables on the Ponds, Random Lake, passed away Tuesday morning, April 11, 2006 at her residence.

Mildred was born on April 15, 1916 in Two Rivers, to the late Mike and Grace (Becker) Wynzynski.

She lived her young life in Two Rivers, and later married Fred Mettler.

Mildred and Fred operated a variety of businesses ranging from a crop dusting business on the lakeshore to a frozen custard stand in Eau Claire.

They eventually settled in West Bend where they started Barton Heating and Sheet Metal, a business they operated for over 20 years.

Mildred worked side by side with her husband, managing schedules and financials for the business.

They also built and operated a number of rental properties in West Bend.

They were active in the local community including the Moose Lodge and Masonic Temple.

Upon retirement the couple moved to Sun City, Ariz. where Fred passed away in 1984. Mildred later married John Tufts Sr., originally from the Milwaukee area. They lived in Sun City for over 20 years.

John Tufts Sr. passed away in July of 2004.

Mildred returned to Wisconsin in June of 2005 to be closer to family and friends.

She had been a resident of The Gables on the Pond in Random Lake since that time.

Survivors include two nep-hews, Roger (Deanna) Halverson of Wayne, Pa. and Dean (Sheila) Halverson of Manitowoc.

Also surviving are other relatives and friends, including close family friends, Don and Karen Schneider of Adell.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Fred Mettler; her second husband, Jack Tufts; and her sister, Wilma Halverson who passed away in August of 2005.

Friends may call at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home, 628 N. Water St., Manitowoc, on Thursday, April 13, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m.

Deacon Paul Kieffer will officiate with burial to follow in Pioneer Cemetery in Two Rivers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gables on the Pond, Random Lake.

The family would like to recognize the Gables on the Pond for its family-oriented care which was provided to Mildred.