Wayne — Glendora Wieseler, 82, Wayne, died Feb. 26, 2017, at her home at Brookdale-Wayne.
Visitation was March 3 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wayne.
Mass of Christian Burial was March 4 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Wayne.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home, Wayne.
Glendora Catherine Wieseler, daughter of Florian and Margaret (Pinkelman) Backman, was born Aug. 18, 1934, on a farm near Wynot. She was baptized, received her first communion and confirmed at Sacred Heart Church, Wynot. Glendora attended school in Wynot, graduating in 1951. After graduating high school, she attended a year of secretarial college in Sioux City, Iowa. Glendora married Alvin Wieseler April 26, 1955, at the Sacred Heart Church, Wynot. Soon after the wedding, the newlyweds purchased a ranch outside of Niobrara and for many years they farmed the land, milked cows and managed a large herd of Herefords. During this time, Marilyn was born in 1956, Carol in 1957, Mike in 1958, Cathy in 1963, Shelly in 1965 and Chris in 1967. In 1968, the drought finally took its toll on this young couple and at that point they decided to purchase the Wayne Livestock Market and moved their family to Wayne. A few years after moving, the last child, Cory was born in 1972. Alvin managed the sale barn and Glendora ran the café on Tuesdays. Farmers got word that Glenny’s breakfasts were beyond amazing and convinced her to open the café for breakfasts only, five days a week. The cafe’s early mornings continued for many years, even after the sale barn had closed. When Alvin left the sale barn, he decided the road was calling him. While he was trucking, Glendora managed both her large family and the café, but also decided to add a new business venture into the mix. She and friend, Renee Jensen, opened “The Tanning Hut.” The Tanning Hut was eventually moved into Glendora’s basement and managed from there. After 25 years at the café, Glendora decided to hang up her apron and close the café, but continued to help people maintain their summer glow. She then worked for Quality Foods until her retirement in 2001. A few years after Alvin died in 1997, she was reacquainted with her high school sweetheart, Ron Keegan. They planned to be married, but Ron passed away before nuptials were celebrated. Glendora was notorious for her rocky mountain oysters, gizzards and macaroni salad. Her house was always open for kids and friends alike.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Wayne Eagle’s Club #3757.
Glendora is survived by her seven children, Marilyn (Scott) Niemann, Longmont Colo.; Carol (Curtis) Kalkowski, Niobrara; Mike (Sherry) Wieseler, Westminster Colo.; Cathy Wieseler-Myers, Carbondale Colo.; Shelly Wieseler and fiance, Kurt Kardoskee, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Chris and Kirsten Wieseler, 88Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and Cory and Amy Wieseler, Elkhorn; grandchildren, Taran Niemann, Cassie (Jody) Stark, Camie (Tom) Pinkelman, Calie Kalkowski and fiance Jeremy Hazen, Cade Kalkowski and Jessica Gragert, Jeremiah and RaeAnn Wieseler, Cheyenne and Madison Myers, Sam and Gracen Wieseler, Whitney, Bo and Brilee Wieseler; great-grandchildren, Harley and Taylen Stark and Hunter Pinkelman; brother, Butch (Jeri) Backman, Wynot; and sister, Georgie (Jerry) Thunker, Crofton; sister-in-law, Jeanette Wieseler, St. Helena; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Glendora is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, in 1997; parents, Florian and Margaret; mother- and father-in-law, Ed and Helen Wieseler; two brothers-in-law, Gene Wieseler and Donovan Wieseler; and special friend, Ron Keegan, Yankton, S.D. Memorials may be directed to the Wieseler family for later designation.