Goldie Carolina (Nelson) Wiebke, 97, passed away November 12, 2021. She was born to Hans M. Nelson and Mary E. (Jensen) Nelson in Lincoln, KS on April 17, 1924 and grew up on their family farm along with her older sister Hilga and her two younger brothers Lex and Martin. She graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1942 and taught elementary school in Denmark, KS.
Upon his return from the Navy after World War II, Goldie married Elmer L. (Bill) Wiebke on March 11, 1946 and they began farming in Barnard, KS, then moved to Lincoln to farm until their retirement. Bill passed away September 30, 2015, a few months before their 70th wedding anniversary. They loved travelling and enjoyed their winters with their 5th wheel camper in Texax, Arizona, and Florida, along with many bus trips. They also loved square dancing plus they danced with the Jolly Mixers in Salina. Over the years they played hundreds (thousands?) of pinochle games with family and friends.
As a couple, they volunteered for Meals on Wheels and at the Lincoln Senior Center. As a member of the Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary, Goldie embroidered dozens of tea towels for the group to sell. As a member of the Lincoln United Methodist Church, Goldie once taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and helped with the music at Vacation Bible School. She helped prepare and serve many funeral meals with the United Methodist Women (WSCS). She worked in the cafeteria at Lincoln Elementary School for many years and loved the interaction with the children of the community.
Ahead of all her roles in life, Goldie’s most important work was as a supportive and loving farm wife, mother, daughter, and sister.
After Bill passed away, Goldie moved into Lincoln Park Manor and was very content as a resident in the facility and always appreciated the caring staff.
Preceding her in death were her parents and siblings; her husband; her daughter, Judy Ann Wiebke; her son, Donald L. Wiebke; and her grandson, Dr. Gary D. Courtney. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Larry Courtney of Basehor, KS; her daughter-in-law, Jeanne Ann Wiebke of Lincoln; grandchildren, Shannon (Summer) Wiebke, Kelli Courtney Shelton, Lacie Wiebke Faison, and Keven (Trisha) Courtney, along with great-grandchildren Bryan and Bethanie Courtney, Kenneth Shelton, Levi Wiebke, Tatum Faison, Serenity, Drake, and Giovani Courtney, and Gage and Bailey Bange, and four great-great grandchildren. Also surviving her are her sisters-in-law, Doreen Nelson and Helen Nelson.
Visitation: 1-7 p.m., Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Hall Chapel, Lincoln. Family will be present 5-7 p.m.
Funeral service: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 18, 2021, at Hall Chapel with burial following at Lincoln Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the United Methodist Church of Lincoln, c/o, Hall Chapel, PO Box 37, Lincoln, KS 67455.
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