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Gertrude (Gert/Gertie) Wiese died on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at West Wind Village in Morris, Minnesota, at the age of 93.
Gertrude Eldene Wiese was born to John & Grace (Hubbard) Eckstein in Hancock, Minnesota, on August 23, 1924. Gert graduated from Hancock High School and then attended Glenwood Teacher’s College. After earning her teaching license, she taught at District 44 Country School in rural Hancock, Minnesota.
On July 26,1946, Gert was united in marriage to Frank Wiese, Jr. Frank and Gert were married for 71 years, blessed with three daughters. Frank and Gert were lifelong residents of Hancock where they owned and operated Wiese Oil. While Frank took care of the station, Gert was a homemaker after the birth of their children. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, knitting, baking, embroidery, and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed listening to music, never hearing a George Strait song she didn’t love. Gert was affectionately known as “Grammie” and “Nana” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She bestowed upon them one of the greatest gifts in life which was her undivided attention. She spent countless hours attending their events, playing board games, coloring, and watching Disney Movies with them.
Gert was preceded in death by her parents, John & Grace, half-siblings, Lillian Huntley, Eugene Eckstein, Sophie Jensen, Pete Eckstein & James (Bud) Eckstein; sisters, Vera Isbell, Betty Keller, Dorothe Decker, Donna Skimland & Kathryn Patton.
She will forever be missed by her husband, Frank Wiese, Jr., West Wind Village, Morris; daughters, Roberta Carter, Benson, Wendy Jessop, Wadena, & Jodi (Rollyn) Zeltwanger, Hancock; grandchildren, Jennifer (Lee) Westrum, Chris (Taryn) Carter, Stephanie (Michael) Mohs, Nicole (Chad) Severts, Jeff (Jennifer) Zeltwanger & Matt (Sejla) Zeltwanger; great grandchildren, Abigail & Allison Westrum, Ethan and Camryn Carter, Grace, Emma & Ava Mohs, George, Alexander and Sophia Zeltwanger; sister, Lois Morey, Fullerton, CA; brother, Jack (Arlene) Eckstein, Brooten; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date for immediate family. Cards of condolence may be sent to Frank Wiese Jr., West Wind Village, 1001 Scotts Avenue, Morris, Minnesota, 56267. A special thank you to the exceptional staff of West Wind Village for the care provided to “Gertie” over the past four years.
Arrangements are with the Pedersen Funeral Home, Morris.
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