March 22, 1922 ~ June 19, 2008
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.