Gertrude Wedel

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 5, 2009

Funeral services for Gertrude Wedel, 90, of Albert Lea and formerly of Hollandale, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Hollandale Reformed Church. The Rev. Neal Ooms will officiate. Interment will be in the Hollandale Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Gertrude died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Good Samaritan Center.
Gertrude VanWilgen Wedel was born May 12, 1919, on a farm in Rock Valley, Iowa. She was the daughter of Teunis VanWilgen and Hendrika Sloppendal. The family moved to Hollandale in 1922, when Hollandale was recruiting farmers to move to the area. They first lived near Geneva and then moved to a farm east of Hollandale. She grew up attending a one-room schoolhouse and working on the farm weeding onions, celery and other produce raised by her father and other area farmers.  Gertrude also clerked at Bill Bradley’s general store in Maple Island. 
In August of 1943 she joined the Women’s Army Corps (WACS) along with her sister, Sharon, and was stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., after basic training in Des Moines, Iowa. She achieved the grade of Tec 5 serving in the motor pool until her discharge in November of 1945.
On Oct. 13, 1945, she married Arthur John Wedel at Abilene, Kan., and moved to rural Hollandale where she lived for 58 years. Art was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, as the rural mail carrier in the Hollandale area for more than 30 years. He died Dec. 24, 2003.
Gertrude was a baptized member of the original congregation of the Hollandale Reformed Church founded in 1922. She continued to be active in the church, sang in the choir, belonged to the Grace Circle and taught both Sunday School and Bible School. Gertrude was also active in the Hollandale Museum Association. She was a homemaker and also worked seasonally at Johnson’s Greenhouse in the spring and Hollandale Marketing Association during the fall harvest. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and loved her family and grandchildren very much.
Survivors include her children, Mary Jane Boettcher (Vernon) of Stewartville, John Arthur Wedel (Bonnie) of Stillwater, Peggy Ann Lingen of Portland, Ore., and Daniel Lee Wedel (Barbara) of Brea, Calif., and Hollandale; grandchildren, Janna Wedel, Brian Wedel, Rhonda Lingen, Katherine Lingen, Lisa Wedel and Michael Wedel; sister-in-law, Hermina VanWilgen; brother-in-law, Evert Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur; sisters, Marie Loverink, Lydia Waalkens, Sharon Lutes and Henrietta Smith; and brothers, John and Tennis VanWilgen.

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