Ralph Wieling

ralph wieling
Ralph J. Wieling, age 86, of New Hampton, IA died Thursday, June 19, 2008 at the New Hampton Care Center. Ralph J. Wieling was born on March 22, 1922 to Joseph and Frances (Bengfort) Wieling near Festina, IA. He attended Festina school and later Ralph helped on the family farm until 1946. He was united in marriage to Magdalen Frances Myers on August 21, 1945 at St. Marys Church in Waucoma, IA. After their marriage the couple farmed near Waucoma until 1973. Ralph & Magdalen then moved to New Hampton where he was employed as a security guard at Sara Lee until his retirement in 1988. Ralph enjoyed handy man work for his friends and neighbors, dancing and traveling. He was a member of St. Josephs Center-Holy Family Parish, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and Chick-A-Squares Square Dancers. Ralph is survived by his wife Magdalen of New Hampton; five children Mary (Dwaine) Redler of Bellevue, NE, Janice (Jim) Meyer of Ft. Atkinson, IA, David (Merilee) Wieling of Winterset, IA, Susan (Denis) Tasker of Oelwein, IA, Karen (Mark) Haugland of Duluth, GA; 16 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and one sister Anna Janechek of Decorah, IA. He is preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; and one brother.     Cemetery:  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton with grandsons Eric Wieling, Nathan Wieling, Steve Redler, Danny Redler, Rick Redler, Bill Redler, Chuck Meyer, Chris Meyer, and Jason Meyer serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00PM to 8:00PM on, Monday, June 23, 2008 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton with a rosary at 4:30pm and a scriptural wake service at 6:00pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30AM on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at Holy Family Parish, St. Josephs Center, in New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt as celebrant. Ann Bennett will be organist and Joyce Shatek will be the cantor, hymns will be Be Not Afraid, Amazing Grace, Only A Shadow, and Prayer of St. Francis.

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  1. Thinking of you at this time of sorrow. Mag- I will always remember your kindness when I started working in the kitchen at school. I also worked at Sara Lee when Ralph was a guard. I would have to show my ID card when walking into work and remember the smile and friendly hello from Ralph and his co workers like Booby Adams.

  2. Mary and all your family, I am sorry to hear of your fathers passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Mary,
    So sorry to hear about your Dad.
    May God bless you and your family.
    My prayers are with you.


  4. Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy, Shelly and family

  5. Dear Fanily,

    Am sorry to hear about your husband and Father.
    Phyllis keeps us informed of of the family thru the e-mail.
    Love and Prayers to you all
    Edna and Al

  6. Janice and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this Difficult
    time. Our days together at Sara Lee will always
    be remembered. Your dad will be missed!
    Thinking of You,
    Edna Schwickerath

  7. Mary, so sorry for the loss of your father. Please know, as this difficult time, you are in so many thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with the strength and comfort you need to cope with your grief. Lana

  8. Mary, Dwaine and families,
    We were so fortunate to be able to meet your father and famlies on happy occassions. Your father will always be with you in your hearts. Remember the fun and wonderful times you all shared together. He is now smiling down upon you with love from God’s tender arms in heaven. God bless you and hold you.
    Dale & Alvina

  9. Mary, So sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Love, Donna

  10. I will miss Ralph’s strong presence at our Silver Advantage programs at the Sr. Center and know he will be missed on the bus trips too. It was always a joy to hear his special stories. His love of family was abvious and his sense of humor was delightful!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mag, and your family.

    With sincere sympathy, Francie Crawford

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