Glenn Wilberding

glenn wilberding
Glenn Wilberding, age 82, of Elma, IA died Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at his home in rural Elma. Glenn Henry Wilberding was born on November 5, 1928 to Anthony and Marie (Vanderah) Wilberding on a farm near Haverhill, IA. Glenn moved with his family in 1942 to a farm near Alta Vista. He attended St. Williams High School in Alta Vista graduating in 1946. He helped on the family farm before joining the US Air Force. After Glenn’s return from the military he was united in marriage to Marie Lechtenberg on June 2, 1953 at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina, IA. To this union 10 children were born. Glenn and Marie farmed near Alta Vista for 15 years before moving to their present farm one mile north. The couple enjoyed 57 ½ years of marriage. Glenn also worked as a security guard at Sara Lee in New Hampton for 21 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, tinkering on the farm and playing with his grandchildren. Glenn was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and the Alta Vista VFW Paul Johann Post #4069. Glenn is survived by his children; Cyril (Ruth) Wilberding of Riceville, IA, Sue (Mike) Whalen of East Bethel, MN, Deb (Tim) Grover of Pleasant Hill, IA, Pat (Chris) Praska of New Hampton, IA, David (Kathy) Wilberding of Adams, MN, Gary Wilberding of Elma, Barb (Kraig) Hultman of Des Moines, IA, Brenda Wilberding of New Hampton, Jenny (Randy) Burke of Elma; 22 grandchildren, Stacey Wilberding, Luke Wilberding, Barry Wilberding, Amber Nevland, Kim Whalen, Ryan Whalen, Emily Bainter, Abby Grover, Matthew Grover, Nick Praska, Ted Praska, Katy Kuehn, Amy Becker, Matthew Wilberding, Tammy Frank, Jacob Wilberding, Jessica Wagner, Megan Hultman, Kayla Hultman, Joshua Stringer, Jayden Burke, Marina Burke; and great-grandchildren, Morgan, Brady, Samantha, Vanessa, Claire, Grace, DJ, David, Madilynn, Michael, Jonah, Emma, Makinley and Mason; one sister-in-law, Angela Schilling of Wausau, WI and one brother-in-law, Robert (Jovina) Lechtenberg of Lawler, IA. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Marie; his daughter Judy Kay Wilberding; his brother, Cyril and stepmother, Emma. Cemetery: Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Alta Vista with Stacey Wilberding, Ryan Whalen, Matt Grover, Nick Praska, Joshua Stringer and Matt Wilberding serving as casket bearers. Military rites will be provided by Alta Vista VFW Paul Johann Post #4069. Memorials may be directed to the family. with a 4:00pm rasoary and a 6:00pm scriptural wake service at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Friday. at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA with Father Ray Atwood celebrating.

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  1. Brenda and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I know how close you both were. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  2. Deb: So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. This has been quite the year for your family. Please know that you and your family have my sympathy.

  3. Gary and the Wilberding family – I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. Glenn and Marie were always so kind. That generation is going quickly. Please accept my deepest sympathy, and my thoughts are with you.
    Ann Grober

  4. Gary, Pat and rest of your family You have our sympathy on your loss but I’m sure he and your mother are happy together again

  5. Pat, Chris and family,
    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to you all on your loss of a father, father Inlaw, and grandpa. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lyn Bruns

  6. So sorry to hear the loss of Glenn. His memories will continue on in your life. May you find comfort knowing that he lived a good life!

  7. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Glenn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at the very sad time.

  8. You have our condolences for the loss of your father. We have wonderful memories of your father when we worked at Sara Lee. I was always grateful to him for changing a tire for me when I was pregnant. He was truly a gentleman.

  9. Brenda, Pat, and Family: Sorry for the loss of your father. Let your friends, family, and faith help you get through these difficult times. Recall all the great memories and spend time with those you love reliving them.

  10. Thinking of the Wilberding family as the next days and weeks will be trying and tough. You know it is part of life but we just are never really ready for it.

  11. Thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you Brenda and family. You all have been through a lot this year. May your memories bring a smile to your face and warm your heart during this sorrowful time.

  12. To all the families of Glenn, a very kind and loving man. Will always remember the Sara Lee days and go into work and he would greet you with a smile. He will be missed. You have our sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. We are so sorry to hear of Glenn’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you…all the way from NC. I will keep you all in my prayers…for strength, courage, comfort, and peace.
    Phyl & family

  14. Writing to let you know that my Father wishes he could attend Glenn’s Funeral. However, at age 92, he is not able to travel very well. He’s also suffering from pneumonia right now. We were all so sorry to hear of your loss. Signed — Patricia Vanderah Parker and Vincent E. Vanderah

  15. Grandpa, your gentle spirit and kind smile is something I will never forget. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful mom and an amazing family. Give Grandma a hug. We love you and will miss you so very much!

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