Obituary – Patricia Louise Stevens

FORDYCE — Patricia Louise Stevens, 81, Fordyce, died April 6, 2013, at her residence.

Visitation and a Vigil Service were Tuesday at the church. Visitation will resume one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be April 10, at 10:30 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fordyce, with Rev. David Fulton officiating.

Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Fordyce.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Stevens, Wes Goeden, Brett Goeden, Ryan Goeden, Kyle Stevens, Alex Carstens, Jesse Carstens, Holly Wortmann, Heidi Marsh, Kelsey Stevens, Sara VanderTuig and Emily Stevens.

The Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, is handling the arrangements.

Patti was born March 17, 1932, at Fordyce, to William H. and Catherine (Mauch) Wiebelhaus. She grew up on a farm north of Fordyce and attended elementary school and two years of high school in Fordyce. She graduated from Holy Trinity High School, Hartington. Patti married Jeremiah “Jerry” Stevens Sept. 25, 1951, at Fordyce. They lived in Hartington and she taught country school until they moved to Fordyce in 1960. Patti was a clerk in the Fordyce Post Office and then was promoted to Postmaster. She retired Jan. 3, 1997.

Patti was an active member of St. John the Baptist Church and guild, and was the sacristan for many years. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers.

She loved to garden and tend to her roses. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and liked to play cards. She loved to visit with her Fordyce friends and greatly appreciated their attendance at her 81st birthday party. She especially loved her grandkids and great-grandkids and spoiled them with cookies and suckers.

Pat is survived by five children and their spouses, Doyle and Joyce Stevens, Crofton; Denise and Monte Goeden, Yankton, S.D.; Doug and Joni Stevens, Fordyce; Dave and Darcel Stevens, Yankton, S.D.; Michelle and Gaylen Carstens, Norfolk; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers and spouses, Dick and Barb Wiebelhaus, Fordyce; Gene and Marilyn Wiebelhaus, Crofton; Bill and Martha Wiebelhaus, Redding , Calif.; a sister, Gladys Wieseler, St. Helena; a brother-in-law, George Barlow, Olympia, Wash.; and a sister-in-law, Angie Wiebelhaus, Crete.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry, Nov. 15, 1981, at the age of 52; three brothers and their wives, Norbert and Mildred Wiebelhaus, Adrian “Butch” and Phyllis Wiebelhaus, and Cleo Wiebelhaus; and a sister, Thelma Barlow; and brother-in-law Jerome “Digger” Wieseler.