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Edward Peter Wiedenfeld

August 1, 1934 ~ August 5, 2019 (age 85)

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Edward Peter Wiedenfeld, 85, of Onawa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.  

A celebration of life service will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Onawa United Methodist Church in Onawa, Iowa with Pastor Catie Newman, officiating. Burial will follow in the Onawa Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Friday, August 9, 2019, at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.

Edward Peter Wiedenfeld was born on a farm north of Laurel, Nebraska, on August 1, 1934, to George W. and Susan (Schneider) Wiedenfeld. He went to grade school in a country school and graduated from Laurel Public School in 1952.  Ed attended Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, Nebraska, where he played basketball. He farmed, ran a gravel truck, and then graduated from Wayne in 1958.

On April 2, 1958, Ed married his high school sweetheart, Karen Dee Iler, in Laurel, Nebraska. To this union, five daughters were born. 

They moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where he taught industrial arts and driver’s education, and coached boys junior high basketball at Bronson, Iowa, for four years, and when it closed he joined West Monona in its first year of reorganization. At West Monona, he taught math and industrial arts, and coached girls and boys junior high basketball. During the summer of these years, Ed did crop hail adjusting for Fireman’s Fund and Hartford. After 40 years at West Monona, he retired in 1993. Then, he taught one year of industrial arts at Macy, Nebraska. After retirement, he taught driver’s education at East Monona, Whiting, Westwood, and for Auto Pilots in Sioux City. 

Throughout his entire life, Ed was a handy man and did general contracting work for many people.  Ed enjoyed working, watching his daughters and grandchildren participate in sports, playing poker, repairing things, gardening, having coffee and visiting with friends.

Ed is survived by his wife of 61 years, Karen Wiedenfeld of Onawa, IA; daughters, Wendy Wiedenfeld of San Diego, CA, Tamara (Timothy) Seitzinger of Yankton,  SD, Kryste Wiedenfeld of Lincoln, NE, Heidi Wiedenfeld (Alfred Horton) of Lubbock, TX, and Traci (Kenyon) Rasheed of Ladera Ranch, CA; grandchildren, Travis Edward (Amber) Seitzinger, Mitchel Seitzinger, KayCee Seitzinger, Jackson Seitzinger, Tyler Wiedenfeld, Noah Rasheed, Kaden Rasheed, and Aubrie Rasheed; great-grandchildren, Teagan, Quinn, and Owen Edward Seitzinger; sister-in-law, Arlene Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, George W. and Susan (Schneider) Wiedenfeld; brother, George Wiedenfeld; nephew, Quentin Wiedenfeld; parents-in-law, Earl and Mary Iler; and brothers-in-law, Ivan Smith and Leon Iler.

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August 9, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

Funeral Service
August 10, 2019

10:30 AM
Onawa United Methodist Church
1103 13th Street
Onawa, Iowa 51040

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