Jerome Edmund Wieneke, 81, Luverne, formerly of rural Lismore, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A memorial Mass was Monday, Sept. 28, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial with military flag presentation followed at St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne.
Jerome Wieneke was born on Oct. 9, 1938, to Edmund and Rose (Dollander) Wieneke in Leota Township, Nobles County. He lived in Leota until age 5 when his family moved to a farm near Lismore. He attended St. Anthony Catholic School in Lismore, graduating in 1957.
Following his education, Jerome continued helping on the family farm, and a short time later he purchased his own farm southeast of Lismore. In addition to farming, he served in the United States National Guard from February 1958 to February 1964, attaining the rank of corporal.
Jerome married Carol Lenz at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lismore on Aug. 31, 1963. They made their home on the farm. Jerome loved working the land and feeding his cattle. In 2005 the couple moved to Luverne, and Jerome worked at Blue Mounds State Park for five years. He also helped at a local welding shop and farmed when needed with the Lubben family near Leota.
Jerome enjoyed farming, woodworking and gardening. He loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
Jerome is survived by his wife, Carol Wieneke of Luverne; his children Kim (Mark) Diekmann of Chanhassen, Craig (Lana) Wieneke of Castlewood, South Dakota, and Gerri (Jeremy) Tebben of Corsica, South Dakota; six grandchildren, Keela (Josh) Fick, AJ Wieneke, Lexi Wieneke, Emily Diekmann, Riley Tebben and Avery Tebben; a great-granddaughter, Madalyn Fick; five brothers Elmer (Judy) Wieneke, Jacob (Teresa) Wieneke, Herman (Eileen) Wieneke, Ray (Shirley) Wieneke, Frank (Deb) Wieneke; a sister, Lois Schmidke; brother-in-law Doug (Glenda) Lenz; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Arlene Steen; brothers Carl and Harold Wieneke; and his parents-in-law, Art and Emily Lenz.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.