Mildred Anna Long went home to be with Jesus Wed. April 25, 2018. She was born November 29, 1923 in Pittsburgh, PA, and moved near Washington D.C. when she was in high school.
She married her first husband, Leonard R. Haller, Oct. 27, 1942, and he was killed during WWII in France. They had one daughter, Lynda Rae Pellegrini (husband Fred).
Mildred married her second husband, Rudolph W. Long, Aug. 1, 1946. They were together until Rudolph’s death in 2011. They had one son, Rudolph W. Long, Jr, and one daughter, Karen J. Perry (husband Duane).
The family moved from Maryland to Southern CA in 1957. Rudolph, Mildred, and Karen moved to Lodi in 1968.
Mildred joined the Order of the Eastern Star after moving to Lodi. She served in many positions, including Worthy Matron (twice) and Deputy Grand Matron.
She was a homemaker, loving wife, and mother. Mildred excelled in needlecraft arts, and won Best in Show for Counted Cross Stitch at the Idaho State Fair.
Mildred had a beautiful voice and performed as soloist many times. She loved to travel, with her last extensive trip a month long visit to national parks with her daughters and son-in-law.
Her main love was for Jesus Christ and His Church. She became a member of Lodi Avenue Baptist Church in 1968. She served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s camp counselor.
She is survived by daughters Lynda Rae and Karen, son Rudolph Jr., eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and a great-great granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by first husband Leonard R. Haller, second husband of 65 blessed years Rudolph W. Long, father Kenneth C. McCloskey, mother Clara McCloskey (nee Peters), and sister Eileen G. Denney.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, May 2, at Lodi Avenue Baptist Church, 2301 W. Lodi Ave with Pastor Mike Winslow officiating. Committal will follow at Lodi Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 1, at the Donahue Funeral Home from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The family offers thanks to Kindred Home Care and Kindred Hospice for the loving care given to mom in her last days. A special thank you to Mildred’s honorary third daughter, Ionie Lugg, for her time ministering to mom through all her suffering with breast cancer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lodi Ave. Baptist Church or Breast Cancer Research.