Elaine Wichtendahl

June 17, 1934 — June 10, 2018


WHITTEMORE — Funeral services for Elaine Wichtendahl were celebrated on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Whittemore with Rev. Mark Resner officiating. Burial was in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Elaine Ruth (Meyer) Wichtendahl received her crown of eternal life on Sunday, June 10, 2018. She was born on a farm in rural Whittemore to Edna Schultz on June 17, 1934. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Whittemore. She married the love of her life, Delbert Wichtendahl on July 20, 1952, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. To this union they were blessed with four children, Vernon, Steven, Paul and Carmen.

She was a faithful organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church from 1979-2014. She enjoyed playing cards, sewing, knitting and crocheting and her family lovingly called her “Blazing Needles.” Elaine worked at Zumach’s AG Foodstore, Dr. LeRoy Strohman’s Dentistry, The Travel Agency and Schuchert and Erickson Eye Doctors and many years as the church secretary.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Delbert of Whittemore; children, Vernon and Twila of Lotts Creek; Rev. Steven and Cheryl of Guthrie Center; Paul and Mary of Good Thunder, Minn.; Carmen and Bill O’Brien of Marion; grandchildren: Angela (Josh Rusch) Wichtendahl, Emily (Nick) Crimmins, Suzanne Wichtendahl, Jonathan (Dana) Wichtendahl, Aime Jo Wichtendahl, Sara (Shawn McGuire) Wichtendahl, Courtney Wichtendahl, Corban Wichtendahl, Shayla O’Brien and Melaina O’Brien; great-grandchildren: Leo, Philip, Kaden, Aveline, Vendela, Haley, Steven, Flynn, Brenden and Evan; brother, Eldon (JoAnn) Meyer and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Edna (Schultz) Meyer; grandson, Michael Wichtendahl; granddaughter, Kelly O’Brien and a great-grandson, Victor Crimmins.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Whittemore handled arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.


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