In Memory of

Vicki J. Mischke

April 27, 1949 - September 21, 2023
From: Gowrie, IA | Originally: Gowrie, IA

Gowrie- Vicki Joanne Mischke, 74, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City following a short illness.  

A visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, September 25, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church, Gowrie. Private family services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Gowrie Township Cemetery. Palmer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vicki was born April 27, 1949, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was the second of five children born to Harold and Betty (Payne) Hintch. She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1967. On September 19, 1970, Vicki was united in marriage to the love of her life, Darrel Mischke, at Zion Lutheran Church in Gowrie, Iowa. A small reception was held in the church basement, with Hasty’s ice cream cups. They celebrated 53 years of marriage together while she was in the hospital. Vicki and Darrel were thoroughly enjoying their retirement years together, relishing in many fishing adventures and vacations with the family. Just this past summer, they went to Colorado with the Jepsen family and Minnesota with the Martens family. She also spoke often about a memorable trip to Florida with Rob and Jill and was hoping to do it again soon. Vicki loved a good bargain so weekly shopping trips together to Aldi and Menards were ritual. Simple country road trips, scouting out new hunting spots for Darrel, was also a favorite. They were each other’s best friends.

 Together they had three children- Rob (Jill) Mischke of Fort Dodge, Rachel (Kurt) Martens of Bondurant and Angie (Troy) Jepsen of Farnhamville. Vicki was beyond proud of her children. She loved to brag about their accomplishments to anyone who would listen, always saying how lucky she was. Advice from mom was frequently needed- whether it was about cooking, raising kids or marriage- she was always just a phone call away. Besides her own children, Vicki ran an in-home daycare for 30 years, raising more than 50 kids. She was a sought after daycare provider in Gowrie. When she retired in 2013, many of her former daycare kids were there to show their love and appreciation. Vicki was also “mom” to so many of Rob, Rachel and Angie’s friends growing up. She made everyone feel at home at the Mischke house.

Family gatherings and holidays were some of her favorite times. She was looking forward to a big, family fish fry in the coming weeks. She cooked and prepared for days and always wanted everything to be perfect. The loud laughs and music coming from the four-season room could be heard for blocks. If Michael McDonald was playing, her eyes were closed, and she was singing along and swaying. Seeing him twice in concert was something she cherished.

Vicki was an amazing cook. From pies and cookies, to potato salad and pumpkin bars, you would often hear someone say, “these aren’t Grandma’s pumpkin bars or this isn’t Mom’s potato salad.” Her recipes will live on but will never be the same. Vicki took great pride in her meticulous home and yard. She enjoyed her beautiful flowers and plants.

Vicki’s grandchildren were her pride and joy. She never missed a sporting event or a music concert. She would beam from the stands, proudly wearing Jaguar and Bluejay gear. Grandma’s giant hugs and cooking were the best and will be greatly missed by Chad (Laura) Carlson, Nick (Dani) Carlson, Ryan Carlson, Noah (Onica) Jepsen, Seth Jepsen, Aden Jepsen, Owen Martens and her only granddaughter, Elsie Martens, as well as great-grandchildren Rial, Archie, Gus, Cayl and Cade Carlson and two great-grandbabies on the way.

Also left to cherish her memory are her sister, Connie Trusty, brother Mark (Marsha) Hintch, sister, Pam Scharf, and aunt, Arlene Hintch. Many nieces and nephews also adored Aunt Vic.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Scott, whom we have no doubt, she is currently  sharing a cold beer with.

Memorials may be left to family discretion.

Private Family Services
Zion Lutheran Church
Gowrie, Iowa
Monday 4:00to 8:00 PM
September 25, 2023


Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 9:33 PM
“We are so very sorry to hear of Vicki's passing. ”
- Deb Gevock

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 8:00 AM
“We are so very sorry for your family’s loss. ”
- David and Tina McCarty

Monday, September 25, 2023 at 7:08 PM
“So sorry for your loss. You and Vicki were such great friends of mom and dad. Love you both. ”
- Shanda Millard

Monday, September 25, 2023 at 4:59 PM
“Darrel and family, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Rob & Kate Hasty

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 10:41 PM
“Heartfelt condolences to Rob-Jill and all of the family. Joanne and I are thinking of you at this time of sorrow. ”
- Clayton Will

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 8:10 PM
“Darrel and family, we send our love to all of you. Vickie was such a good friend to us and great neighbor to our family. We shared so many fun times together. My mom and dad always kept a watchful eye on your family as you snd Vickie helped so much with my parents as the became older. We consider you all as part of our family and will miss Vickie very much. I am sure my parents will soon keep a watchful eye on her. Hugs to you all.

Deb and Dick Blanchard”
- Deb and Dick Blanchard

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 7:19 PM
“I am so sorry! My sympathy to you and your family, Darrell.”
- Judy Mischke

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 2:49 PM
“My deepest condolences for Darrel, Rob, Rachel, Angie and the rest of Vicki's family and friends. She was a great lady who always made everyone feel at home, in her home. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.”
- Mike DeBruin

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 1:33 PM
“We were saddened to learn of Vicki's passing this past week. Upon reading the obituary of her life, I'm reminded that she left a beautiful legacy and blessed many with her loving ways. You were always such great neighbors to Kearney & Nina Gallentine, and I have fond memories of some BBQ meals shared from either your grill or dad's. Love and miss you Darrel - will be praying for God's comfort at this difficult time of grief. Verlyn Scharn”
- Verlyn &Terri Scharn

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM
“Darrel and family, we were so sorry to hear about Vicki. May you find comfort and peace through your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Detlef and Marcia Gartzke

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 8:48 AM
“Darrel and Family may the Lord grant you Comfort Peace and Strength today and all tomorrows. May you find comfort knowing Vicki is a bright shining light in heaven with her awesome smile. Continued prayers for Vicki’s awesome amazing family.”
- Larry and Kathy Ryken

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 8:01 AM
“Linda and I send our condolences to Darrel and family in this time of need. Prayers for all!”
- steve mischke

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 6:57 AM
“Darrell and family. So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.”
- Dennis and Linda Carlson

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 6:11 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Vicki was an amazing person. I never saw her without a smile. Chase talks so fondly of Darrell and Vicki as well, always welcome when hanging out with Seth. She will be greatly missed.”
- Carla Kamp

Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 5:20 AM
“Sending love and peace in this difficult time from Florida, y’all are in our thoughts and prayers ”
- Mikel Lawman

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 10:44 PM
“Darrel, Rob, Rachel and family, so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in all the wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all…”
- Tim Warrick

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 4:30 PM
“Our hearts go out to all of you after this sudden loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy and love.”
- Mike and Mindy Swieter

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 3:54 PM
“Darrel and family, we were so sorry to hear of your great loss! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
- Rich and Berna Tucker

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:15 PM
“Sending our heartfelt deepest sympathies to the entire family. We are praying God will grant comfort and peace now and in the days ahead. ”
- Troy and Lori Ferrari and family

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 1:23 PM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. Vicki was loved by so many and will be greatly missed. Praying for peace and comfort at this difficult time.”
- Dave & Becky Kalous

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 1:21 PM
“Darrel & family: Sending prayers of healing and remembering the fun times with the best lake neighbors that a person could ask for! 🙏🙂”
- Kurt Brown

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 12:35 PM
“Vicki will be missed. Spent many night's serving her and her wonderful family at Marv's..
Prayers to the Family.”
- Susan Harry

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 12:09 PM
“Vicki was just the best!! The world is a better place because of she was in it. Prayers for Darrel and family.”
- Warren and Pat Mischke

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 11:53 AM
“Darrell and family!! I am so sorry for your loss!!!! All the times we were at the games!!!”
- Mickey

Friday, September 22, 2023 at 5:29 PM
“Sincere sympathy to the family..Darrel and Vicki were great neighbors to the folks for years. Prayers from the Kullbergs.”
- Marty (Kullberg) Pickett

Friday, September 22, 2023 at 1:45 PM
“Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your loving wife Vicki. Wishing you strength for today and hope for the days to come.”
- Dan Murray

Friday, September 22, 2023 at 12:52 PM
“Such sadness with the passing of Vickie.
Extending condolences to the family.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻”
- Clint Van Kley

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