June 22, 1933 ~ January 3, 2011
Marie Wilberding, age 77, of Elma, IA, died on Monday, January 3, 2011 at Regional Health ServicesHospital inCresco, IA. Marie Catherine Lechtenberg was born on June 22, 1933, the daughter of John Bernard and Catherine (Brincks) Lechtenberg on a farm near Festina, IA. Marie attended St. Marys Catholic School in Festina. On June 2, 1953, Marie was united in marriage to Glenn Henry Wilberding, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina. To this union ten children were born. Marie and Glenn lived on a farm near Alta Vista for 15 years. They then moved a mile north, which put their address near Elma. The couple enjoyed 57 years of marriage. Marie was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Bernards Parish of Alta Vista and a member of the Rosary Society. Marie enjoyed crocheting, collecting China dolls and spending time with her grandchildren and family. Marie is survived by her loving husband, Glenn of Elma; their nine 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, Barrry 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 Wilberding, Megan Hultman, Kayla Hultman, Joshua Stringer, Jayden Burke, Marina Burke; and ten great-grandchildren, Morgan, Brady, Samantha, Vanessa, Claire, Grace, DJ, David, Michael and Jonah; one sister, Angela Schilling of Wausau, WI and one brother, Robert (Jovina) Lechtenberg of Lawler, IA. Marie was preceded in death by her daughter Judy Kay Wilberding; her parents, Bernard and Catherine (Brincks) Lechtenberg; six brothers, Anthony, Johnny, Lawrence, Alfred, Edwin and Norbert Lechtenberg. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista with Maries grandchildren and great-grandchildren serving as honorary casket bearers, and her grandsons, Stacey Wilberding, Ryan Whalen, Matt Grover, Nick Praska, Joshua Stringer, and Matt Wilberding serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be 3:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, with a rosary at 4:00 pm, and a scriptural wake service at 6:00 pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Chapel in Elma, IA. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel on Thursday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA with Fr. Ray Atwood celebrating.