HARTINGTON — Gladys Marie Wieseler, 93, Hartington, died May 28, 2023, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial will be June 1, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church, St. Helena, with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, rural St. Helena. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Chad Wieseler, Ryan Wieseler, David Wieseler, Travis Cooke, Craig Jansen, T.J. Jansen, Trent Jansen and Eric Wieseler. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, Nicole Haberer, Renae Schindler, Shawna Cooke, Ali Sathe, Shelby Bruening, Danielle Wieseler, Kristin Manninger and Denae Brazda. Visitation will be Wednesday, at church, from 5-7 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday, one hour prior to services.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Gladys Marie was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Fordyce, to William Herman and Cathryn Marie (Mauch) Wiebelhaus. She grew up in the Fordyce area and attended elementary school there. She graduated from Mount Marty High School, Yankton. Gladys married Jerome Bernard “Digger” Wieseler Feb. 15, 1949, in Fordyce. She and Jerome farmed near St. Helena. Gladys has lived at that location for the past 73 years. They milked cows for many years along with raising livestock, chickens and grain.
Gladys was a member of Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church and held an hour of adoration for many years. Her faith was of utmost importance to her and she led by her example. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events and other activities. Gladys was a great cook and many felt her chicken was the best around. She loved to bake pies, raising a big garden, canning, quilting and crocheting afghans, which many of the family have as keepsakes from her talented ways. In her younger years, she and Jerome played cards and belonged to a bowling league.
Gladys is survived by her seven children and their spouses: Dale (Karen) Wieseler, Yankton, S.D.; Debbie (Gene) Cooke, Volin, S.D.; Randy (Lois) Wieseler, Omaha; Sharon (Melvin) Jansen, Fordyce; Keith (Lois) Wieseler, Yankton, S.D.; Kevin (Mary) Wieseler. Hartington; Jim Wieseler, Yankton, S.D.; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two brothers, Gene (Marilyn) Wiebelhaus, Fordyce, and Dick (Barb) Wiebelhaus, Fordyce; sisters-in-law, Angie Wiebelhaus, Crete, and Martha Wiebelhaus, Redding, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, William and Cathryn Wiebelhaus; husband, Jerome, June 23, 1997, at the age of 72; siblings, Thelma (George) Barlow, Pat (Jerry) Stevens, Norbert (Mildred) Wiebelhaus, Butch (Phyllis) Wiebelhaus, Cleo Wiebelhaus and Bill Wiebelhaus.