Wilma A. Sabelka

wilma sabelka
Wilma A. Sabelka, age 95, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab with her family by her side. Wilma Angeline Sabelka was born on May 23, 1920 to William and Christina (Soukup) Riehle in Spillville, Iowa. On January 22, 1940, Wilma was united in marriage to Ervin J. Sabelka at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville. She attended rural Winneshiek County schools and farmed with her husband near Reilly Ridge before the couple retired to New Hampton in 1988. The couple liked traveling by bus. Wilma enjoyed cross stitching, embroidery work and playing cards. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. Wilma was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton, St. Mary’s Choir and often volunteered at New Hampton Care Center. She was also a member of Catholic Daughters of America and the Rosary Society. Wilma is survived by her one son, Joe (Mary Jo) Sabelka of Lawler, IA; three daughters, Leona (Florian) Steinlage of West Union, IA, Linda (Bob) Buckridge of Wentzville, MO and Laure (Bob) Rausch of Fort Atkinson, IA; one daughter-in-law, Norma Sabelka of Lawler, IA; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Mashek and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 72 years, Ervin J. Sabelka on December 17, 2012; one son, Bill Sabelka; two great-granddaughters, Haley and Hana Buchheit; her brothers, Conrad, Julius, Norbert and Oscar Riehle and her sisters, Mae Riehle, Alice Kuhn, Christina Lukes and Dorothy Hansen.

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  1. Leone and family,
    You have our deepest sympathy. Cherish all the good times and know that your beautiful mother was a blessing to many. Blessings to you all.
    Richard and Rose Holschlag

  2. Our sympathy and prayers to the Sabelka family. Wilma and her husband always sat behind
    us in church at St. Mary’s for many years. She was just a delightful lady to visit with and I
    often spoke with her at the NH Rehab Center. She will be missed by many. May she rest
    in peace.

  3. So sorry to see that Great Aunt Wilma passed away. Our sympathy to the family. I know Dad was happy to have Aunt Wilma to talk to when he was in the nursing home. I always thought it was neat that She and Uncle Ervin bought my Grandma Catherine Schwickerath’s house when they moved to New Hampton. She will be missed.

  4. Linda and Family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. While you no longer have your angel on earth, you do have another one in heaven.
    Rick and Ivy Hibben and Family
    Evansdale, IA

  5. We want to extend our Deepest Sympathy to the entire family of Wilma Our Prayers and Thoughts are with you during this time of Loss of Loved One! May Wilma Rest in Peace.
    Lyn and Chris Bruns
    And Jack Meissen

  6. Laure and Family -. So very sorry for your loss. Wilma’s challenging journey to heaven has been accomplished. She will forever be a guardian Angel to her children , grandchildren and all the greats . Rest in Peace Wilma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Mary and Dale

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