Funeral services for Genevieve "Genny" Wedeking, 96, were held Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at the Nemaha United Methodist Church. Rev. Karl Schiltz officiated the 10:30 a.m. service.
Pallbearers were Dale Mooney, Dick Mooney, Damon Mooney, Dan Connell, Vic Novak, Donald Wedeking, Neil Wedeking and Lance Wedeking.
Burial was at the Nemaha Cemetery. Farber and Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Wedeking passed away Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Genevieve Thelma, the daughter of A.H. and Mary (Richardson) Parker, was born Dec. 27, 1904, in Warren County, Mo. She was baptized at Central Methodist Church in rural Warren County. As a small girl, she attended school and lived in New Truxton with her parents. In 1919, the family moved to Iowa, first to Schaller and then Nemaha, where she completed her schooling.
In 1923 she was united in marriage to Ernest Wedeking at her parents' home. To this union four children, Januita Genevieve and Donald Phillip, who both died at birth, and Martin and Marlene, were born.
Mrs. Wedeking was a loving wife and mother. Her family always came first with her. She loved to entertain as long as she was able. The coffee pot was always put on and food prepared as soon as anyone was coming. She loved to cook and bake. She was a helpmate to "Shorty" throughout their 71 years of marriage, helping him pick corn in the early years or assisting with "the books" when he worked for Standard Oil and as school board treasurer.
In 1923 she joined the Nemaha Methodist Church where she was a faithful member and worker throughout her life. She was also a member of the Ladies Aid Society, WSCS and United Methodist Women since 1923, during which time she diligently served church dinners and acted as treasurer of the women's organizations of the church.
She was active throughout the community, being a member of the Diamond Birthday Club, We-Few Club, Nemaha Womans Club and Reading Club. In later years when she could no longer see to read, she spent many hours listening to tapes of dozens of books each year. She also liked to bowl and was still bowling at the age of 95.
Mrs. Wedeking always remembered birthdays and anniversaries, sending cards to folks near and far. She was a kind, gentle woman who always wanted to give to others rather than taking for herself.
Mrs. Wedeking was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father John Pruett; her husband "Shorty" and two children.
She is survived by one son Martin of Nemaha; one daughter Marlene and her husband Nyles "Bud" Myers of Storm Lake; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters: Ruth and her husband Marvin Mooney and Nadine Cavanaugh; one step-sister Ruth Mohr; many nephews; nieces; cousins and friends.