DAVENPORT — Mildred E. “Millie” Tofanelli, 96, a resident of Davenport, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park, Davenport. Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division St., Davenport. Burial will take place at Davenport Memorial Park. The family will greet friends 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 N. Main St., Davenport with a rosary at 6 p.m. that all are invited to pray. There will be an additional visitation Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass in the gathering space at the church. Memorials may be made to the Our Lady of Victory–Save Our Windows Campaign.
Mildred E. Goellnitz was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Davenport, a daughter of Herman and Elsie (Peters) Goellnitz. She was united in marriage to John J. Tofanelli on Aug. 24, 1940, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2001. They shared more than 60 years of marriage.
Millie had worked at Sears, Roebuck & Co. and later retired from the City of Davenport Finance Department after many years.
She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, and a former member of St. Alphonsus Parish. She enjoyed her weekly euchre card club, baking, known for her excellent ravioli, molasses cookies and banana bread, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Millie was deeply compassionate and caring, even when she was ill, she was always putting others first.
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She is survived by her children and their spouses, John and Beverly Tofanelli, Bloomington, Illinois, Joan Whitacre, Decatur, Illinois, and Julie Retzl, Davenport; grandchildren, Chad (Brandi) Retzl and Nick (Mandy) Retzl, Chrissy and Suzie Whitacre, and Sarah and Erin Tofanelli; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Ethan, and Carson Retzl; a half-brother, Herman Goellnitz, and a half-sister, Corinne Goellnitz.
Millie was preceded in death by her loving husband, John; her parents, and an infant brother. May they rest in peace.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Millie’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.