Dolores F. Meifert, “Tuddie”, age 95, died at her Port Washington, WI residence on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Dolores was born August 14, 1926 in Gillett, WI to Samuel and Olga Petrick Barke.  She grew up in Gillett where her father was a logger.  As a teenager she was a proud “post peeler”, removing the bark from timber to be sold for building posts.  After high school, she moved to Milwaukee with her sister Grace to find work. 

She met Hugo Meifert at a dance in Green Valley, WI and they were married June 18, 1949 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gillett, WI.  They lived in Milwaukee and Dolores worked as an inspector for the former Phoenix Hosiery Mfg. Co. in Milwaukee for over 25 years.

In 1975, they moved to Fredonia, WI, building a house on Crystal Springs Drive.  Hugo created art and furniture using horse collars and wagon wheels amongst other farm relics.  Together they enjoyed country life and creativity thrived.  They took many trips through the countryside to find that special piece for the latest project.  They were members of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Random Lake, WI for over 40 years.

Dolores took great pride in keeping an immaculate house and tending to the garden.  In 2010 they moved to Harbor Village in Port Washington.  Hugo preceded her in death August 24, 2010.

She is survived by Emmie Jean Barke of Gillett, WI, her sister-in-law that was more of a sister, cousin Jean Giese and Barbara Hildeman, nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends, including Betty and Jerry Zak. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Hugo and her siblings Arnold, Vernon, Herbie and Grace.

Pastor Bridget Hill will officiate funeral services at Noon Monday, November 15, 2021 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 98 Random Lake Road, Random Lake, WI 53075.  Visitation from 11 am to Noon Monday at church.  Interment Random Lake Union Cemetery, Random Lake, WI.  Memorials to St. John’s United Church of Christ appreciated.

Dolores left one last note for those she loved. “Thank you all so much for everything you ever did for me and Hugo.  See you all in Heaven.  My Love, Dolores.”


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  1. My Dad, Vernon Barke enjoyed talking with his two sisters Tuddie and Grace. He lived in Atlanta and was difficult to travel. I can remember listening to them chat over the phone. What a good time they had. Me and Mary Ann would call and have nice conversations with Aunt Tuddie. She would often wonder why she was still here! Now she’s with God in Heaven and here loved ones! God Bless.

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