Joseph R. “Joe” Wieseler

ST. HELENA — Joseph R. “Joe” Wieseler, 85, St. Helena, died Feb. 9, 2021, at Litzenberg Memorial Long Term Care, Central City.

Visitation and a vigil service were Sunday, at church, and continued one hour prior to services Monday.

Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 15 at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church, St. Helena, with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Services were also live streamed at WintzRay/live.

Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, St. Helena, with military rites by the Wynot American Legion Post 31.

Pallbearers were Luke Wieseler, Jim Wieseler, Stan Wieseler, Ron Wieseler, Steve Wieseler and Jim Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Joe’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Facemasks and social distancing were recommended for the visitation and funeral.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Joseph R. “Joe” Wieseler was born June 22, 1935, to Fred and Katie (Klug) Wieseler at their home in Wynot. He went to St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and then attended the two-year high school at St. Helena. He finished his high school education at Wynot High School in 1953. Joe farmed with his father until 1955, and when it was too dry, he went to work at the Lewis and Clark Dam. In 1956, Joe joined the U.S. Army, serving 18 months in Germany before being honorably discharged in 1958. He married Romaine Lammers Sept. 26, 1964. Joe farmed but also worked part time at the St. Helena Store, Yankton Livestock and Bruno’s Store. In 1985, he began working as a guard at the Yankton (S.D.) Trustee Unit of the South Dakota State Penitentiary and continued his employment there for 24 years.

Joe was a member of the Yankton VFW and the Wynot American Legion Post 31.

Joe is survived by his wife, Romaine, St. Helena; children, Philip (Kim) Wieseler, Sioux City, Iowa; Melissa (Steven) VanDe-Walle, Cedar Rapids; Michelle (Shaun) Busskohl, Yankton, S.D.; daughter-in-law, Amy Wieseler, Cave Creek, Ariz.; sister, Beatrice Dickes, Fordyce; grandchildren, Chelsi Tjeerdsma, Noah and Parker Wieseler; Michael, Ashley Oquist, Caitlyn, and Paul VanDeWalle; Luke and Grace Wieseler; Rachel, Savannah, Brett, and Zach Busskohl; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Russel, Dec. 10, 2019; brothers, Jerome “Digger,” Ralph, Lawrence “Manny” or “Larry,” Arthur “Artie;” sisters, Marcella “Sally,” Lucille Burbach, Gertrude Gale; sister-in-law, Mary Louise Hochstein; brothers-in-law, Joe Burbach, Donald Dickes, Bob Anderson; granddaughter, Tessa VanDeWalle; nieces, Cindy Gale, twins Mary and Monica Wieseler, Deb (Michael) Anderson; and nephews, Bill Burbach and Michael Anderson.

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