Alvina Werner Schreck Wendl, 105, of Omaha, Nebraska, and formerly of Dedham and Le Mars, Iowa, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in Omaha, following a brief illness.
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham. The celebrant was Father Patrick Behm, assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners. Music was by Cindy Bauer and the St. Joseph Choir. Lector was Ted Longnecker. Gift bearers were Mary Mordino, Joan Thomas, Mark Wendl and Mike Wendl. Casket bearers were Ron Meiners, Mark Werner, James Bird, Dennis Lappe, Dave Kitt and Bill Schreck. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Dedham. Funeral arrangements were under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Online condolences may be left for Alvina’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Alvina was born on Oct. 12, 1914, in Dedham, Iowa, a daughter of John H. and Anna (Tigges) Werner. She attended elementary school at St. Joseph in Dedham and later graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Templeton in 1932. She worked for Schreck Co. General Store in Dedham from 1934 until 1939.
On June 5, 1939, Alvina was married to Joseph G. Schreck at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham with the Rev. Christopher Huelshorst officiating. Joe died on June 4, 1954. Alvina then baby-sat before working at Werner’s Meat Processing until 1977. The business later became Kitt’s Meat Processing.
Alvina married Leo Wendl of Le Mars and formerly of the Willey and Carroll area on Nov. 26, 1977, at St. Joseph Church in Dedham. They made their home in Le Mars where Leo died on May 23, 2001. Alvina continued to reside in Le Mars until April 2011, when ill health caused her to move to Omaha with her daughter. Most recently, she was a resident of Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Omaha since 2017.
Alvina was a member of St. Joseph Church in Dedham, Parish Guild, St. Joseph Church in Le Mars, and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Omaha. In 1935 she became a member of the Templeton Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and is a charter member of the Dedham American Legion Auxiliary since 1949. In 2019, Alvina received a certificate from the Legion Auxiliary for being a member for 71 years. For many years, she was a member of St. Rose of Lima Rosary Makers in Carroll and made thousands of rosaries for missions.
Alvina visited nursing homes in Carroll and Le Mars where she led the rosary. She and a good friend also danced with life-sized dolls for nursing home residents in the Le Mars area. As a member of Operation Toasty Toes in Le Mars, Alvina crocheted slippers for the armed forces. While a member of the Omaha Senior Center crochet group, she made hundreds of items for charities.
She enjoyed dancing and often told the story of dancing with Lawrence Welk during one of his band performances in Carroll. Alvina loved to travel and spent 20 winters with Leo in Mesa, Arizona. In the 1970s, she and her daughter, Deanna, toured nine countries in Europe and four islands in Hawaii. Following Leo’s passing, Deanna and her husband took Alvina to winter in Mesa, visited other states and saw numerous national parks.
Alvina is survived by her daughter: Deanna (David) Herrmann of Omaha; two sons: Marvin (Donna) Schreck of Omaha and Wayne Schreck of Des Moines; her granddaughter Dr. Anna Jo (Dr. James) Bird of Omaha; great-granddaughter Josette Bird; her sister Annabelle Snyder of Carroll; her sisters-in-law Dardy Werner of Carroll and Sister Lydia Wendl, FSPA, of La Crosse, Wisconsin; her brother-in-law Jack Longnecker of Carroll; her stepchildren Mark Wendl of Edgar, Nebraska, Mary (Domenic) Mordino of Prescott, Arizona, Joan (Robert) Thomas of Le Mars and Michael (Paula) Wendl of New York City, New York; 10 step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; eight step-great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; a sister Anna Rea in infancy; her sisters Geneva (Lawrence) Boyce, Mary Ann Longnecker and Dorothy (Webb) Lappe; her brothers: Wilbur (Dorothy) Werner and John Werner Jr.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Paul Snyder, Sister M. Benigna (Theresa) Schreck, FSPA, Sister M. Paulinda (Mary) Schreck, FSPA, George (Minnie) Schreck, John (Frances) Schreck, Frank (Clara) Schreck, Louis (Clara) Schreck, Michael (Clara) Schreck, Paul (Elma) Schreck, Alphonse Wendl, Paul (Irene) Wendl, Agmella (Henry) Meiners, Sister Joan Marie (Louise) Wendl, FSPA, and Victor (Marie) Wendl; her stepdaughter Janice Wendl; and her step-daughter-in-law Karen Wendl.