Arlene Wietzke, 84, Whitewater, Wis.

2018-03-01

Arlene Marie Wietzke, age 84, of Whitewater, Wis., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24.  
A Memorial Service was held at the Christus Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Delavan, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.
A funeral service will be held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 229 South Sixth Street, Le Sueur, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3.
Visitation will be held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3.
The Committal Service will follow the service at the St. Paul’s Cemetery, Arlington.
Arlene was born in Green Isle Township on Friday, Oct. 13, 1933. She was the daughter of Richard Lueck and his wife Martha, nee Wentzlaff. She became a child of God and a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Green Isle, through Holy Baptism as an infant.
She attended various country schools, graduating from eighth grade and confirming faith in her Savior at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and school, rural Arlington. At the age of 45 she achieved her GED from the State of Minnesota.
On March 28, 1951 she was married to Vernon Wietzke at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Arlington. Together they farmed a portion of the Wietzke family farm in Kelso Township, rural LeSueur, and the Lord blessed them with two children.
During her lifetime she helped farm, and later did most of the farming while her husband worked for the Green Giant Company. Then still later she worked at the Crystal Farms egg plant, the Green Giant company honing knives in the canning factory and packaging Meals Ready to Eat for the armed services.
After the death of her husband, she sold the farm and moved to Whitewater, Wis., where she joined her son’s church, Christus Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Delavan, Wis. Her faith showed very much throughout her life. In her early years, she taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir. Later she served as a reporter for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society and also made layettes for African babies for the Mission Society at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Arlington.  There she also reported happenings for Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, to the Mission Society.  
She loved playing cards and games, and was best known among her family and friends for being an excellent baker, specializing in her extremely high chiffon cakes.
On Feb. 24, the Lord in his infinite wisdom called her from this temporary home to her eternal home with him in heaven, permitting her to reach the age of 84 years, four months and 11 days.
Mourning her death but awaiting the glorious resurrection are her children, the Rev. Bruce (Diana) Wietzke of rural Delavan, Wis.,  and Valerie (Richard) Rocheleau of Rochester; grandchildren, Matthew (Lindsay), Jacob (Katrina), Joshua and Benjamin Wietzke, and Sarah (Joshua) Coffey, all of Beaver Dam Wis., Rebekah (Jay) Nelson of Reeseville Wis., Timothy (fiancé Carolina Maniscalco) Wietzke of West Bend, Wis., Kristen (Joshua) Jones and Justin (special friend Dana McDaniel) Rocheleau, all of Rochester; 12 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Wietzke of Valentine, Neb.; one brother, Roger Lueck of Arlington; one brother-in-law, the Rev. Wesley Bruss of Butterfield; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Vernon, in 2015 after 64 years of marriage. Also her parents; one brother, Richard Lueck, Jr.; one sister, Geraldine Bruss; two brothers-in-law, William & Eldon Wietzke; and one sister-in-law, Lila.

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