Wilma Bartels - March 17, 2011
Wilma Irene Bartels, the daughter of William and Carolina (Feikert) Keller, was born at the family home in rural Cheyenne County, Kan., on June 10, 1929.
She departed this life in the early morning hours on Friday, March 4, 2011, in Lincoln, Neb. She was 81 years of age.
Wilma was welcomed into the Lord’s family through baptism on Aug. 4, 1929, by Reverend A.L. Hoemann and was confirmed on June 20, 1943, by Reverend Victor Lemke, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Cheyenne County.
She attended Cheyenne County Public Schools, graduated from St. Francis High School in 1947, and later received a teaching certificate from Fort Hayes State College.
Wilma was united in marriage to Reuben Carl Bartels on Oct. 26, 1952, at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Francis, Kan. The couple resided in Enders, Neb., and were members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wauneta, Neb. They had five children: Ruby Carlene, Rae Jean, Darwin Keith, Cherine Gay and Gayle Ann.
Prior to her marriage, Wilma worked a variety of jobs that included working on the family farm, teaching school, and helping neighbors with household chores.
After her marriage to Reuben, she was a wife, mother, and homemaker.
Following Reuben’s unexpected death in 1964, she worked in the Chase County Treasurer’s Office, the Chase County Clerk’s Office, and was later elected Chase County Clerk. She served as County Clerk for 12 years and retired in 1990.
In addition to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Wilma enjoyed her flowers, gardening, cooking, reading, and brain-teaser puzzles. For many years, she decorated wedding cakes for friends and relatives.
Wilma had an unwavering faith in God and is now at home with her Lord, Jesus Christ.
Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Reuben, infant daughter Rae Jean, parents William and Caroline Keller, sisters Betty Stroup and Hilda Hammond and brothers Raymond, Alfred, Willard and Wilmut Keller.
She is survived by her children, Ruby Nekola and husband, George, of Lincoln, Neb.; Darwin Bartels and wife, Brenda, of Urbandale, Iowa; Cherine Parde and husband, Kevin, of The Colony, Texas; and Gayle Sell of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren, Jeff Nekola and wife, Leslie, Kelly Nekola, Jonalyn and Tyler Bartels, Cassie Sell and Kaili, Justin and Hunter Parde; great-grandchildren, Connor, Tayten and Evyn Nekola and Anthony Parde; sisters, Lela Watts and husband, Don, of Sacramento, Calif. and Alice Filbert of North Highlands, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Elsie Becker, Margie Bartels and Ida Bartels, all of Wauneta; brothers-in-law, Boyd Stroup of Benkelman, Neb. and Don Hammond of Sacramento, Calif.; special niece, Bonnie Majors and husband, Don, of Wauneta; and many much-loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Wilma Bartels were held Saturday, March 12, 2011, 10 a.m. (MT) at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of rural Wauneta, Neb., with Pastor Keith Wellman officiating.
Interment followed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jeff Nekola, Tyler Bartels, Justin Parde, Hunter Parde, Josiah Stroup and Jordan Stroup.
Honorary pallbearers were Kelly Nekola, Jonalyn Bartels, Cassie Sell, Kaili Parde, Connor Nekola, Tayten Nekola, Anthony Parde and Evyn Nekola.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
Online condolences to the family can be left at liewer funeralhome.com or in care of Ruby Nekola, 7735 Erin Ct., Lincoln, NE 68507.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.