Reminder: Rita Wiederholt (1/14/22) | The Mars Daily Sentinel

  Reminder: Rita Wiederholt (1/14/22) |  The Mars Daily Sentinel

Following graduation, Rita worked at Wells Dairy in production for one year and then worked for three years at Le Mars Savings Bank.

After her children were in upper grade elementary and high school, Rita worked at K-Products in Le Mars and Orange City, for nine years. Then Rita began working at Fareway Grocery in Le Mars. She later went to work cleaning houses.

Rita will be lovingly remembered by her children; Mark (Crystal Whitmore) Wiederholt of Moville, Mary Ellen Cabeen of Le Mars, and Theresa (Dean Jones) Nilles of Knoxville; grandchildren, Carrie (Steve) Pinkerton of Des Moines, Chad (Tiffany) Nilles of Appleton, Wisconsin, Jessica (Chris) Steffens of Le Mars, Jennifer (Jason) Kuiken of Le Mars, and Travis (Kristina) DeLaney of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Coultan and Blayton Nilles, Jason Stobs, Brady, Ethan and Emily Kuiken, Lydia and Parker Steffens, Jazmine and Autumn DeLaney, Aurora, Zander and Jacob Flemming; her sister, Sister Janet Delperdang of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.

Her greatest pastime was playing cards. She belonged to several card clubs, the Senior Center, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. Rita volunteered at church helping with funeral dinners.

Story Highlights

  • Rita Wiederholt was born on a farm north of Oyens, on March 14, 1930, to Peter and Minnie (Meis) Delperdang. She was raised on that farm and attended grade school at St. Catherine’s School in Oyens. She then went to St. Joseph’s School, now Gehlen Catholic, in Le Mars, where she graduated in 1947.

  • Rita and Urban Wiederholt were united in marriage on April 17, 1950, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Le Mars. After their marriage, they farmed the home place north of Oyens for 13 years and then moved into Oyens where they lived for 37 years before moving to Le Mars in 2000. Urban died in 2005.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Urban; her parents; son-in-law, Tim Nilles; an infant brother, Nikolis Delperdang; sisters, Mildred (Joe) Kinney, Dorothy (Robert) Konz; and her brothers, Ralph (Dorothy) Delperdang and Francis (Rita) Delperdang.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17, at All Saints Catholic Parish-St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a rosary at 5 p.m. with a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church before Mass. The Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars is assisting Rita’s family with funeral arrangements.

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