August 19, 2013


Ella Regina Weitl, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Manning Plaza Nursing Home in Manning.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton, with the Rev. Steven Brodersen as celebrant and the Rev. Immanuel as concelebrant. Mass servers will be Jarrett Weitl, Allissa Hupp and Joseph Riesberg. Eucharistic ministers will be Makayla Riesberg and Sherri Harms. Lectors will be Sarah Klaus Ryan, Zachary Weitl, Sara Ferneding and Cathy Oswald. Casket bearers will be John Weitl, Jerry Havermann, Scott Opsahl, Steven Klaus, Jesse Weitl, Eric Opsahl, Josh Weitl and Zachary Weitl. Gift bearers will be Jorja Weitl and Jeremy Opsahl. Music will be "Here I Am, Lord," "Precious Lord," "On Eagle's Wings," "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman," "Amazing Grace" and "Mother's Song" with organist and soloist Jeanne Kerkhoff.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery at Templeton.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning with rosary at 4 p.m. and parish vigil service at 7 p.m.

Ella Regina, daughter of Ben and Amelia (Miller) Riesberg, was born Aug. 31, 1921, on the family farm in Carroll County, near Carroll, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm with her large family and attended Holy Angels in Roselle, graduating from eighth grade. Ella helped on the farm until she married Alfred Weitl on Oct. 1, 1940, at Holy Angels Church in Roselle.

Ella and Alfred made their home on a farm in Audubon County from 1940 until 1966 when they moved to their present home west of Templeton. Ella was a homemaker and active farm wife. They raised a lot of chickens, and she used the eggs in her baking, which she loved to do. She also used the milk from their cows for her large family and in her baking. She cultivated a large garden and canned the produce, especially apples. In addition, she grew gladiolas for use in the church. Her garden became a park for her kids and grandkids with many interesting vegetable and flower beds. Everyone fondly remembers her delicious "buns".

Ella and Alfred were members of Sacred Heart Parish in Templeton and Ella was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

After the death of her husband on July 4, 1995, Ella remained in their home until she could no longer live at home. In 2008 she became a resident of the Manning Plaza Nursing Home.

Ella is survived by her children: Howard (Sharon) Weitl of Audubon; Noreen Havermann of Fort Dodge; Doris (Bernie) Hirman of Elk River, Minn.; Jan (Paul) Klaus of Forest Lake, Minn.; Gary (Mary) Weitl of Templeton; Sharon (Ken) Wicker of Independence, Mo.; Gene (Polly) Weitl of Audubon and Dave (Kris) Weitl of Pine, Colo.; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters Hilda Heider of Humboldt and Claire "Bonnie" Langel of Carroll; many other relatives and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, Ella was preceded in death by her son Allan Weitl in 2010; brothers: Herbert (Mary) Riesberg, William (Marie) Riesberg, Eddie Riesberg and Albert Riesberg in infancy; sisters Irene Riesberg and Laura (Andy) Hoffman; brothers-in-law Merle Heider and Teddy Langel; and son-in-law Bengi Havermann.