Herman Joseph Wieneke was born on April 16, 1945 to Edmund and Rose (Dollander) Wieneke in Luverne, Minnesota. He was baptized on April 22, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Lismore, Minnesota. He attended school at St. Anthony’s and graduated in 1963, with perfect attendance over all twelve years. On June 8, 1968, Herman was united in marriage to Eileen Olson at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth, Minnesota. The couple made their home on a farm near Lismore where they raised their three children. Herman worked as a dairy farmer for 35 years and lived a simple, busy and very full life, tending to the animals and land.
On Friday, May 26, 2023 while surrounded by his family at his home in Ellsworth, Herman went to be with the Lord at the age of 78 years, one month and ten days.
Herman was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth and was a member of Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, collecting Case tractors, watching bull sales online, working in his shop, planting trees and caring for the flowers. He also loved yearly family vacations to the Clay County Fair. He will be remembered for the love he gave to his children, ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed them each as infants. He was affectionately known as “the baby whisperer.”
Herman is lovingly survived by his wife, Eileen of Ellsworth; three children, June Nasby of Ames, Iowa, Andrew (Michele) Wieneke of Lismore, and Suzanne (Jereme) Lenz of Ellsworth; ten grandchildren, Marriah (Brandon) Aggen, Morgan (Carter) Ziebarth Faith Nasby, Drew Cheskie, Jackson Nasby, McKenzie (Neal) Mulder, Mason Wieneke, Anthony Lenz, Cecelia Lenz and Maggie Lenz; nine great-grandchildren, Hadley Ziebarth, Coy Aggen, Stetson Ziebarth, Charlotte Cheskie, Ava Aggen, Hazel Cheskie, Wren Mulder, Grant Aggen, Clayton Ziebarth, and grandpup, Champion; brothers, Elmer Wieneke, Jacob (Teresa) Wieneke, Frank (Deb) Wieneke, Ray (Shirley) Wieneke; sister, Lois Schmidke; sister-in-law, Roberta Wieneke; and other family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Rose; siblings, Jerome Wieneke, Arlene Steen, Carl Wieneke, and Harold Wieneke; sister-in-law, Judy Wieneke; and brothers-in-law, Ronald Steen and Larry Schmidke.
A private family service was held.