Mildred Louise Isenberg Wise

March 10, 1931-Sept. 12, 2021


Mildred Louise Isenberg Wise, a lifelong resident of Crawfordsville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at the age of 90.

Born March 10, 1931, at Crawfordsville, she was the daughter of William Harold Isenberg and Roma E. Bundy Isenberg, both preceded her in death. She graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1949. Mildred married Robert W. VanCleave Sr. and Raymond A. Wise. Both preceded her in death.

Mildred was a member of the Smartsburg Christian Church, Ladies Aid and Order or Eastern Star. She enjoyed 4-H, volleyball, softball, bowling and watching her children and grandchildren play sports. Mildred was employed by Montgomery Ward, Dekalb and Davidson’s Greenhouse.

Surviving family members include: five children, David A. VanCleave of Crawfordsville, Robert W. VanCleave Jr. of Crawfordsville, Deborah A. (John) Higgins of Crawfordsville, Constance S. (David) Hasty of Rocky Face, Georgia and Steven H. (Tami) VanCleave of Pendleton; 14 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Mildred was preceded in death by three brothers, Roger Isenberg, Lloyd Isenberg and Donald Isenberg; sister Betty Isenberg; granddaughter DeAnna VanCleave Garcia; two great-great-grandsons, Braeden and Caydin Kirts; great-great-granddaughter Katy Benge; and nephew Lloyd Isenberg Jr.

Visitation will be from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Burkhart Funeral Home. Eastern Star services will begin at 1 p.m., followed by funeral services. After the service, she will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery North.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mildred Wise can be made to the Smartsburg Christian Church, 434 N. C.R. 400E, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

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