March 11, 2013


Wilma Louise Blecha, 95, formerly of Ulmer, died Monday March 4, 2013, at Morning Star Assisted Living in Rapid City, S.D.

A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lake View at 10 a.m. Friday March 15, with Pastor Donald Petersen III officiating.

Following the service a luncheon will be held in the church stewardship hall. Visitation will be at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lake View March 14 from 5-7 pm. A private burial will be held at Luckow Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, S.D.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be directed to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Celebration Fund.

An online guest book is available at

Wilma was born Oct. 17, 1917, on the family farm south of Ulmer.

Wilma attended a one room country school on the south end of their farm and attended High School at Auburn . Following graduation she attended a Business College in Davenport . She married her husband Vance Blecha in 1940.

Wilma returned to the Ulmer area where she and her husband purchased Ulmer Food Market. She was appointed postmaster in 1954. She worked for several of the post offices in the small communities around Ulmer finishing in Breda when she retired. She was an active member of the Lutheran Church and was committed to the Dorcas women's group being an elected officer and serving as its historian.

Wilma was involved in LWML and attended many of the national conventions. Her hobbies were collecting antiques, attending auctions and she established the yearly Ulmer Flea Market that was held Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. She also belonged to a peniculi card club for many years and enjoyed and went to many of the Iowa football games.

She is survived by her son James Blecha of Hill City, S.D., and wife Beth; three grandchildren, Jose, Susana and Hollie Vittetoe and her husband Troy; and two great-grandchildren Claire and Ila Vittetoe of Iowa City.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hans and Sophie Mohr, Brother Arnold and her husband Vance.