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Wendt, Elaine Magdeline (Thielen) (1933 - 2021)

WENDT, THIELEN, KNOBEL, BARTA, PRIESTLY, SCHUNING, SCHULTE, FINKEN, HANSON, MADDOX, KLEIN, BURK, BUCK, KNAUSS, BERRY, DOTZLER, GOESER, OLSEN, ZIMMERMAN

Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 4/22/2021 at 18:31:44

Name of deceased: Elaine Magdeline Wendt (nee Thielen)

Aged: 87 yrs, 10 mo, 23 days

Residence: Portsmouth, Shelby County, IA

Born: April 23,1933; Portsmouth, Shelby County, IA

Died: March 18, 2021; Myrtue Medical Center, Harlan, Shelby County, IA

Funeral services: Private Family Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, March 22, 2021; St. Mary Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Portsmouth, IA; burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Portsmouth, IA

Survived by: Children, John (spouse, Mary Ann (Koch)) Wendt of Panama, IA, Larry (spouse, Jeana (Knobel)) Wendt of Ceresco, NE, Peg (spouse, Bob) Barta of Salado TX, Bev (spouse, Rich) Priestly of Salado TX, and Traci (spouse, Trent) Schuning of Portsmouth, IA; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; siblings, Agnes (spouse, Paul) Schulte of Carroll, IA, Ray (spouse, Judy) Thielen of Elkhorn, NE, Gemma Finken of Olathe, KS, Shirley (spouse, Bob) Hanson of Omaha, NE, Mary Maddox of Harlan, IA, and Charles (spouse, Lydia) Thielen of Lincoln, NE; nieces; nephews; other family members and friends

Predeceased by: Parents, Ray & Adeline (nee Klein) Thielen; husband, John “Buzz” Wendt; children, Karen Burk, Susan Buck, and Lucy Knauss; sons-in-law, Pat Burk and Steve Buck; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Wendt; grandchildren, P.J Burk, Adam Barta, Nick Wendt, and Brad Knauss; great-grandchildren, Abby Buck and Georgia Berry; siblings, Dolores Dotzler, Alvin Thielen, Nicholas Thielen, Monica Goeser, Doris Olsen, and Gene Thielen

Education: Attended grade school and graduated from high school at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Portsmouth, IA

Religious affiliation: Catholic

Military service: n/a

Marriage: John “Buzz” Wendt; Feb. 25, 1952; St. Mary's Catholic Church, Portsmouth, Shelby County, IA

Employment: Elaine's aunt, Cecilia Zimmerman, had a café in Portsmouth, and Elaine became the proud owner of the renamed Elaine's Cafe for many years. Later, Elaine gave up the cafe and worked at the Rocket Bar until she began a business of No Sweat Fitness Centers and Low Cal Cookie Company with her brothers. Their business venture grew to 4 different locations over time until she finally retired.

Hobbies/Interests: Vacationing with friends and family; time spent with their children and grandchildren.

Sources: harlanonline.com; kjan.com; pauleyjones.com


 

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