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Gladys Weibel

July 12, 1921 July 4, 2021
Gladys Weibel
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Obituary for Gladys Weibel

Gladys Helen (Wiese) Weibel was born July 12, 1921 on a farm in Round Lake, MN and passed away in Burnsville, MN on July 4, 2021, 8 days short of her 100th birthday.

Gladys’ childhood included stories about playing with her brothers. One day big brothers Harold and Clarence, encouraged little Gladys to jump from a tree onto their horse’s back. The little Gladys fell and broke her arm. She cried inconsolably. The brothers couldn’t convince her to stop, until they decided to give her 7 pennies. One thing she never forgot was the end of the story: Once she stopped crying, they took her pennies back.

Gladys was the oldest daughter of nine children born to Peter and Lela (Bell) Wiese. Lela died when Gladys was 15, leaving her all household responsibilities. This included responsibility for her siblings. Over the years, her sisters and brothers have freely voiced their gratitude for how she carried out this difficult job.

Jerry Weibel, a young war veteran who just returned from WWII, found himself working at Council Oak grocery store in Worthington, Minnesota. While at his job, Jerry was attracted to a sharp looking shopper named Gladys. He hesitated about his prospects, because she was buying a LOT of groceries. To his relief, he found out that she was single and eventually they became engaged. They got married on October 6, 1947 and enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

Over the first 10 years of their marriage, they had five children: LeeAnn, Kathleen, June, Ryan and Donna.

Gladys’ sensitivity to people and their needs influenced her children’s choices of education and career. Donna chose high school special education. Ryan was active in scouts, college leadership and was planning a career in engineering. June was drawn to medical social work. Kathleen worked in elementary school speech therapy. LeeAnn found her calling in the formation of spiritual and human development.

Mother Gladys inspired her children by demonstrating:
a positive attitude,
a respect for others,
a sense of humor,
the welcoming of strangers as well as friends,
the hope and faith in God,
a resilience in the face of adversity,
and a confidence in overcoming the fear of challenge.

While Jerry and Gladys owned and operated East Acres Trailer Park, Gladys was also a full partner with Jerry in their American Family Insurance business. In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife and mother, Gladys also loved traveling with Jerry and the kids, gardening, sewing, baking, quilting, painting, harvesting and preserving the fruits of nature.

Gladys attended a one-room school. She was a life-long learner and proudly completed her GED in 1977. When the children left home, she taught faith education for youth. She also volunteered on a crisis hotline. And both Jerry and Gladys dedicated many years as seasoned leaders in the Marriage Encounter program.

Gladys had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met. She was a creative story-teller engaging her children and grand children and would connect in a remarkable ways with them at all ages and stages of their lives. She was exceptional at listening to everyone. She was fully present as a listener and supporter, giving respect to each person and appreciating each person’s unique strengths. Gladys was fun-loving, humorous, impish and had a spirit that was full of life.

Gladys was a champion to her family members including her sons-in-law and always voiced her support of their jobs and hobbies, and appreciated them as husbands and fathers. Gladys' greatest joy was centered around her husband, 5 children, 3 sons-in-law, 8 grand children and 15 great-grandchildren. Over the years, she spent many memorable hours laughing and telling stories with her sisters.

Gladys is greeted in heaven by husband Jerry, son Ryan, parents Peter and Lela Wiese, siblings Harold (Doris) Wiese, Clarence Wiese, Adelia (Russel) Hawkinson, Robert (Darlene) Wiese, Linda (Jerry) Warden, infant brother Paul, brothers-in-law, Paul Karstens and Arny Kansanback.

She will be deeply missed by her loving family:

Children: LeeAnn Weibel, Kathleen (Larry Goede) Weibel, June (Dale) Weibel-McAtee, Donna (Marty) Bratsch and don Carlo Stanzial, close family friend.

Grandchildren: Jeff (Amber Longtin) Roetzel, Jennifer Weibel and friend David Baker, Patrick (Rebecca Stewart) McAtee, Jonathan McAtee and friend Molly Bredensteiner, Sarah Bratsch, Angela (Luke) Hansen, Jason (Rebecca) Bratsch, and Andrew (Vanessa) Bratsch.

15 great-grand children

Sisters: Luella Karstens and Alice Kansanback

Please join in celebrating Gladys’ life:

Visitation: Friday: July 9th 5:00-7:00PM
Benson Funeral Home,
1225 Ryan’s Road Worthington, MN

Saturday: July 10th 9:30 - 10:30AM
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave. Worthington, MN

Funeral Mass:Saturday:July 10th 10:30 AM
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave. Worthington, MN

Memorials to: LeeAnn’s mission:

Propagation of the Faith
Fratelli Tutti Centro UEPP
55 West Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987

Gladys life was a living legacy of the following verse from Philippians:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

9

Jul

5:00 PM 7/9/2021 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/9/2021 7:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Visitation

Saturday

10

Jul

9:30 AM 7/10/2021 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 7/10/2021 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1215 7th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

10

Jul

10:30 AM 7/10/2021 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1215 7th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Read Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

Read Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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