Joe R. Wieseler

Joseph (Joe) R. Wieseler, age 85 of St. Helena, Nebraska died on Tuesday, February 09, 2021 at Litzenberg Memorial Long Term Care in Central City, NE.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:30 am at the Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church in St. Helena with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in St. Helena with military rites by the Wynot American Legion Post 31. Visitation will be on Sunday, at church, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm with a vigil service at 3:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Monday. Facemasks and social distancing are recommended for the visitation and funeral. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, NE. To watch a livestream of the service, please go to

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

Joseph R. “Joe” Wieseler was born on June 22, 1935 to Fred and Katie (Klug) Wieseler at their home in Wynot, NE. 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 US Army, serving 18 months in Germany before being honorably discharged in 1958. On September 26, 1964, he married Romaine Lammers. 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 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 of St. Helena, NE; children, Philip (Kim) Wieseler of Sioux City, IA, Melissa (Steven) VanDeWalle of Cedar Rapids, NE, Michelle (Shaun) Busskohl of Yankton, SD; daughter-in-law, Amy Wieseler of Cave Creek, AZ; sister, Beatrice Dickes of Fordyce, NE; 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 on December 10, 2019; brothers, Jerome “Digger”, Ralph, Lawrence “Manny” or “Larry”, Arthur “Artie”; sisters, Marcella “Sally” Anderson, 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 & Monica Wieseler, Deb (Michael) Anderson; and nephews, Bill Burbach, Michael Anderson, and Danny Gale.

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8 response to "Joe R. Wieseler"

  1. By: Paula Frank Posted: February 10, 2021

    I am sorry for your loss. He was a great man who helped raise a great family. Wishing that I could be there for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. By: Mary Gale Hyde Posted: February 11, 2021

    We adored our Uncle Joe! Even though we lived across the country, he always kept in touch and included us in his joking and teasing when we did visit. We admired him and will miss him.

  3. By: Kriss Thury Posted: February 12, 2021

    My sympathies to you, Romaine and the entire family. I have thought about you both many, many times and all the shenanigans that Joe accomplished at The Center. It just hasn’t been the same around here without you both. Take care and always keep smiling.

  4. By: Kristi (Bruening) Baker Posted: February 12, 2021

    My deepest sympathy to Romaine and family. I still remember going to visit on Sundays. I learned how to play Go Fish at Joe and Romaine’s.

  5. By: Laverta Mauch Posted: February 13, 2021

    You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Joe. He was such a good caregiver . i used to see you both at the Wellness Center.. i enjoyed his sense of humor. Keep him in your memories. May God bless you and provide you with the grace and strength to deal with the grief.

  6. By: Brian Krause Posted: February 15, 2021

    My deepest sympathy to Romaine and family. I got to know Joe and Romaine while working at the Yankton Center. Joe was a heart of gold, and treated everyone with the upmost respect. He loved to joke, and goof around, and thats what I will always remember. RIP Joe

  7. By: Connie K Luke Posted: February 15, 2021

    I am so sad to see that Joe passed away. What a great guy! I have stories I could tell but don’t want to write them here. I work in Yankton & would love to share how we met Joe with a family member sometime. What an awesome guy! I just found out a couple weeks ago where he & Romaine were after reaching out to Paulette on Facebook after our Christmas Card came back. Joe was a truly awesome guy with great love & passion. He will be terribly missed. He loved Romaine so much. I can be reached at 605-660-0374 if anyone is interested. Had I known I would have tried to make it to the service. Prayers & Hugs to all. I will keep Joe in my heart forever. He left a lasting impression on me & my family.

  8. By: Diane Nelson Posted: February 17, 2021

    Sending my heartfelt sympathy to you. Many great memories growing up & spending time at your farm house. Can still hear your dad singing “It’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way” & Michelle & I playing the piano. The Rose was a favorite. May Joe rest in peace with Russ in the loving arms of Jesus.

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