Obituary – Wilma Cecilia Wortmann

Wortmann, Wilma


HARTINGTON — Wilma Cecilia Wortmann, 82, Hartington, died July 17, 2014, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.

Visitation and a Vigil service were Sunday at Holy Family (Sts. Peter and Paul) Catholic Church, Bow Valley, and continued one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial was July 21 at Holy Family (Sts. Peter and Paul) Catholic Church, Bow Valley, with the Rev. Eric Olsen and Rev. Rodney Kneifl officiating.

Burial was in the Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Bow Valley.

The Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, was in charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters, the Christian Mothers and the card club.

Active pallbearers were Steve Wortmann, Mike Wortmann, Tom Wortmann, Steven Wortmann, James Wortmann and Andrew Stratman.

Wilma was born Sept. 16, 1931, at Crofton, to William John and Hilda Sophia (Clausen) Bruns. She grew up on a farm east of Bloomfield and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1949. She worked for Dr. Kohtz, Bloomfield, until her marriage to Roman Wortmann Sept. 10, 1953, in Bloomfield. They made their home on a farm southeast of Bow Valley. In 1984, Wilma began caring for an elderly couple in Crofton for a few years. She then worked at Sacred Heart Hospital as a messenger and then worked in the pharmacy at the hospital. She worked in the medical records department at the Yankton Medical Clinic until Jan. 8, 2000. She has been a resident of the Golden Living Center since Oct. 28, 2009.

Wilma was a member of the Holy Family (Sts. Peter and Paul) Catholic Church and was an EME. She was a member of the Christian Mothers, a former 4-H leader for 25 years, and enjoyed cooking, gardening and tending to her flowers. Her greatest joy was caring for her family and spending time with the grandkids.

Wilma is survived by her husband, Roman, Hartington; eight children and their spouses, Steven and Kitsy Wortmann, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ellen and Scott Hochstein, Skiatook, Okla.; Michael and Jackie Wortmann, Norfolk; Marcia and Jon Kathol, Fayetteville, Ark.; Tom and Cecilia Wortmann, Elkhorn; Julie and Ron Stratman, Bennington, Kan.; Janet and Scott Schrempp, Hartington; Amy and John Giorgio, Elk Point, S.D.; 20 grandchildren; three sisters, Viola and Gaylen Suhr, Lincoln; Arlis Erickson, Norfolk; Mary (Barger) and Art Huber, Lesterville, S.D.; a brother, Robert and Judy Bruns, Bloomfield; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Fink, Bloomfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Jennifer Wortmann; a sister, Shirley Fink; and two brothers-in-law, Gary Erickson and Marlin Barger.