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Arzella Wipplinger, 1913-2014

Arzella Clara Wipplinger, 101 1/2, of Kiester died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at The Shepherd’s Inn of Wells. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery and the Rev. Katie Pals will officiate. Please see www.brussheitner.com to leave online condolences. Bruss-Heitner Funeral home of Wells is assisting the family.

Arzella Wipplinger

Arzella Wipplinger

Arzella Clara was born May 16, 1913, the daughter of Paul and Emma (Piel) Erdner in Easton. She was baptized and confirmed at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wells. She attended school through the eighth grade at District No. 107. She attended Wells High School for about two years. Her ambition was to be a country school teacher but that never came to be as she dropped out of school to work on the farm.

She was united in marriage to Helmer John Wipplinger on April 24, 1938, in the parsonage of Evangelical Lutheran Church by the Rev. Ganchow. Together the couple farmed on the Wipplinger Homestead until moving into Kiester in 1983. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester and the former St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was active in the ladies circles (WELCA). After moving to town, she spent her time quilting and reading. She left behind many beautiful quilts, all hand-stitched.  Her passion was her family and her love of farming. She enjoyed gardening and being in the outdoors.

Arzella is survived by her children Karen (Dale) Lindeman of Lakeville and Lyle (Darla) Wipplinger of Kiester; seven grandchildren, Kristine Lindeman (Derek Mazurek) of Stillwater, Sharleen Lindeman of Hugo, Mark Lindeman of Lakeville, Amber (Jordan) Gunderson of Inver Grove Heights, Charity (Chad) Quickstad of Portland, Ore., Samuel Wipplinger of Kiester and James Wipplinger of Williston, N.D.; and seven great-grandchildren, Skyler and Sidney Bengston, Katie, Thane, Braden and Coen Gunderson and Gabriel Quickstad.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Helmer, in 1993; infant son; four sisters, Lorna, Edna, Esther and Margaret; three brothers, Ed, Herbert and Paul Erdner; sisters-in-law Emma Pankow, Freda Miesenhalter, Bertha Ziebell and Anna Anderson; and brothers-in-law Bernard, Ernest, Thomas, George, John and Conrad Wipplinger.