Lifelong Burlington resident, Leona
Gertrude Wiedman, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Grace Manor Care Center
in Burlington. She was 86 years old. Leona was born April 30, 1916,
at Smokey Hill to Lillie (Bamesberger) and Henry Fanselau. She was one of
three daughters born to this family . She attended school through the
tenth grade at the Smokey Hill School and later received her GED. On Sept.
2, 1934, Leona married George Wiedman at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of
Bethune. In the spring of 1935, George and Leona moved to Newberg, Ore.,
to escape the drought. While in Oregon, their two sons, Darrell and Garvin
were born. After conditions improved in Eastern Colorado, the family moved
back to their farm north of Burlington.
Leona was a
devout member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Burlington, the church in
which she was baptized and confirmed. Leona always enjoyed the outdoors
and loved being involved in farming and ranching activities. She was also
a good housekeeper, enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting and quilting. Leona
was a very caring person who loved helping other. She especially loved and
cared for all of her family and neighbors.
Preceding Leona in death were her parents, Henry and Lillie
Fanselau. Surviving Leona is her husband, George Wiedman, of Burlington;
her two sons -- Darrell Wiedman of Denver and Garvin Wiedman and his wife Sherry
of Arriba. Leona is also survived by four granddaughters -- Kim Mehalko
and her husband Mark, Vanessa Worden and her husband Doug, Alison Wiedman and
Valerie May and her husband Steve; 10 great-grandchildren -- Laura and David
Mehalko, Heather Wiedman, Canaan and Skylar Forslund, A.J. and Brett Worden, and
Adam, Phillip and Samantha May; her two sisters, Mildred Stahelcker of
Burlington, Geneva Wohlgemuth and her three sons and their families of
Services for Mrs. Wiedman were held
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Burlington.
Pastor Wesley Dunbar officiated the services and burial followed at the Fairview
Cemetery in Burlington. Memorial contributions may be made in Leona's name
to the First St. Paul's Building Fund or to Grace Manor Care Center and may be
left at the Bank of Burlington in Burlington. Funeral arrangements were
entrusted to Love Funeral Home of Burlington.