September 21, 2019

Mildred J. ‘Mickey’ Wangler

Died Jan. 30, 2019


Mildred Jane “Mickey” (Remilong) Wangler, 83, passed away Jan. 30, 2019, at home with her family in Jensen Beach, Fla.

Mickey was born on a raspberry farm Oct. 11, 1935, in Prescott to Helen and Louis Remilong, and was the 10th of 11 children. In her lifetime she both attended a one-room schoolhouse and used an iPhone. Mickey had a strong sense of family values and was a devoted wife and mother. She married Clarence “Sonny” Wangler (1931-1986), with whom she raised three children in Keego Harbor. Mickey’s career included work as a babysitter, bicycle factory worker, restaurant manager and certified home healthcare aide. After Mickey retired she split her time between West Branch and Apache Junction, Ariz., with her second husband Charles Smith.

Mickey could do anything she put her mind to. Above all, she was practical and loving, and lived her life with a strong sense of self, an abundant intellect and a great sense of humor. She enjoyed playing Scrabble, bingo, cards and matchmaker, and was an accomplished seamstress. She loved the outdoors, mushroom hunting, deer hunting, bargain hunting, fishing, boat rides, storytelling and cooking. Her house was a home to all and she always had a delicious pot of something simmering on the stove: bean soup, salsa, goulash. Mickey was one of a kind.

Mickey will forever be remembered by her husband, Charles “Charlie” Smith; children, Jim (Sue) Wangler, Gerry (Sarah) Wangler and Karen (Ron) Brittian; stepchildren, Linda (John) Clute, Chuck (Shari) Smith, Karen (Robert) Hoffman, David (Annette) Smith, Cheryl (Terry) Hargraves, Lisa Almaraz and Kitty Jervis; her grandchildren, Melissa Wangler, Jim (Melissa) Wangler, Tim Wangler, Jake Wangler, Alex Brittian, Sarah (Kevin Avery) Wangler, Joe Brittian and Natasha Brittian; her great-grandchildren, Brendan, Andrew, Connor, Hallie, Juniper and Viola; her sisters, Joanne Walters and Peggy Nelson; and also by her many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and dear friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in Martin County, Fla.


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