KAREN J. WIEKER
Funeral services for Karen J. Wieker were held on Monday February 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Britton. Pastor Lloyd Redhage officiated. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen.
Karen passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Bethesda Nursing Home, in Aberdeen, at the age of 80.
Karen Joanne Roske was born on February 20, 1939, in Springfield, MN, to Lester and Linda (Kettner) Roske. She attended school in Browns Valley, graduating as the valedictorian of her class in 1957. In the fall of 1957, she enrolled at Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher and to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Two years later, she received a teaching certificate and began her teaching career in Sioux Falls. She continued her education while teaching and obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from NSTC.
After a year of teaching in Sioux Falls, she moved back to the Amherst area where she married the love of her life, Delvin Wieker on June 26, 1960. She continued her teaching career in Britton and Claremont and settled into the Langford School system, teaching there until she retired in 1997. Education was important to her as she instilled and encouraged her students to always do their best. She loved to read and made that an important part of her curriculum.
Karen was the co-founder and officer of the Mar-Day Coteau Reading Council that promoted literacy in local and area schools. She and her teaching partner received national honors for their teaching plan that encouraged the teaching of economics and entrepreneurship in the elementary classroom.
However, her greatest passion was her faith that was the center of her world. She was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Britton and served and led many of the women’s organizations of the church. She was also happy to spend time teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
After retirement, Karen enjoyed spending her time substitute teaching, being a farm wife, gardening, reading and traveling with Delvin until he passed away in 2004. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, and rarely missed a game on TV. She was also a fan and supporter of Northern State Wolves basketball and enjoyed being in attendance to cheer for them.
Due to poor health, she moved from the farm to Bethesda Towne Square Assisted Living Center, in Aberdeen in 2012. She moved to Bethesda Home of Aberdeen in 2014, where she remained a resident until her passing. Karen sincerely appreciated the care she received from the staff at Bethesda while a resident.
Karen is survived by two sons, Kent (Denise) Wieker along with their children Brittany (Holdon) Rivere, and Bradyn Wieker; and son Greg (Rhonda) Wieker along with their children Mikayla and Malek Wieker, as well as a foreign exchange student who she treated as her own, Bjorn (Petra) Schutt of Germany. She is also survived by her brother Warren (Pat) Roske, along with step-sisters, and several in-laws.
Karen was preceded in death by her husband Delvin; her parents Lester and Linda Roske; her step-father Herb Pistorious; and her father-inlaw and mother-in law, Martin and Martha Wieker.
Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Greg Wieker, 3576 Rolling Meadow Drive, Aberdeen, SD 57401.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Price Funeral Chapel of Britton.
An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.pricefuneralchapel.net.