Clara Solchenberger (nee Sipla) passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2013,
into the arms of the Lord at the age of 91. Mildred was born Jan. 15,
1922, in the town of Adams and was the youngest child of the late Anton
and Marie (nee Linhart) Sipla. On June 1, 1942, she was united in
marriage to Fred L. Solchenberger of Adams when he was stationed in
Brownsville, Texas while serving in the U.S. Army. They were blessed
with 35 years of marriage and one child, Lois, who was not only a
daughter, but Mildred s best friend. After her husband s death on April
6, 1978, Mildred chose to continue residing with her daughter’s and son
in- law’s family rather than moving to their retirement home in Adams.
While living in Milwaukee, Mildred worked for Better Living and then she
worked at Harnischfeger on Orchard Street until she retired after 22 1/2
years. While working at Harnischfeger, she then moved to Oconomowoc and
later to West Bend. It was during this time that Mildred missed working
and decided to return to the workforce with Goodwill Industries for a
total of seven years, both in West Bend and Fond du Lac. She retired
again at the age of 70.
Mildred was involved in many activities and ministries at her church,
Immanuel United Church of Christ in West Bend. She volunteered in her
spare time at The Threshold Gift Shop and West Bend food pantry. Mildred
was a member of TOPS in West Bend. She was also a member of the Order of
the Eastern Star since 1951. In addition, she was a member of the
Western Bohemian Fraternal Association since childhood.
Mildred lovingly cared for her two grandsons and four
great-grandchildren whenever she could. She traveled all over the
country with friends and family. Mildred spent many hours working
outside gardening, enjoying flowers, crocheting
afghans/sweaters/booties, angels, and snowflakes. Mildred enjoyed being
active and always said there were not enough hours in a day to get
She is survived by her daughter, Lois (Paul Jr.) Salinas; two grandsons,
Paul (Kelly A.) Salinas, Robert (Kelly J.) Salinas; and four
great-grandchildren (who were all the love of her life), Brenden
Salinas, Jaden Salinas, Gabriel Salinas and Millie Salinas, all of West
Bend. She is further survived by her brothers-in-law, Glen (Vel)
Solchenberger and Philip Langer, as well as many other nieces, nephews,
relatives, and dear friends.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; sister, Anne (Homer)
Barr; brothers Edward Sipla, Carl (Louise) Sipla, Otto (Rosalie) Sipla,
and Emil (Betty) Sipla; brothers-in-law, Edward (Evelyn) Solchenberger
and Lyle (Carol) Solchenberger; and sistersin- law, Esther Roller and
The family would like to thank the Kathy Hospice, especially Kathleen,
Debra, Debbie, Sister Donna and Rebecca who were all there for Mildred
and her family. Also, a special thank you to Renee for coming to cut and
style Millie’s hair. It made her feel very special. Additionally, the
family is grateful to Pastor Rich Vincent for his weekly visits and
prayers, as well as all the cards and prayers from Mildred’s church
family at Immanuel United Church of Christ. Both Mildred and her family
thank everyone for the many flowers and beautiful cards that were sent.
She remarked how beautiful they all were and could not believe how many
people cared for her.
A funeral service in remembrance of Mildred will be held on Thursday,
Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 501 Walnut St.,
West Bend, with Pastor Rich Vincent officiating. Visitation will be at
the church on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Cremation
will follow and Mildred’s cremated remains will be buried in Fordham
Cemetery in Adams.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Kathy Hospice, 3232
Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, WI 53095.
Myrhum - Patten Funeral & Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the
family. Online condolences may be expressed at