Doloris E. Wedul, 101
Winona – Doloris Evelyn (Lippert) Wedul died on Friday, February 24, 2017, at home as she wished. In her own bed. In her own time. Cared for by her own children.
Doloris was born September 10, 1915, on a farm 4 ½ miles west of Bertha. The second child of Katherine (Klaseus) Lippert and Adolf Otto Lippert, she outlived her brother J. Arwin Lippert and sisters Dorothy (Joseph) Blashack, Doris (Bernard) Kelley, and Florence Lillian.
Doloris began country school with her brother at age 4. She was salutatorian of their high school class of 1931. After a Teachers Training course in Fergus Falls, she taught in country schools for 3 years before going to Moorhead Teachers College, where she met Melvin O. Wedul, truly the love of her life. They were married on December 1, 1939. They moved to Winona in 1946 when Melvin joined the faculty at Winona State University, then known as TC. Doloris finished her Bachelor’s degree at WSU while raising five kids.
Doloris will be remembered for her hospitality, her homemade bread, her cakes delivered to the Lutheran Student Center, the annual neighbors corn feed in her backyard, and the mittens she knitted for her Lincoln School pupils so they could go out on the playground even on cold winter days.
At Central Lutheran Church – 71 years a member – she worked hard for the pipe organ, made Lutheran World Relief quilts, knitted prayer shawls and for decades taught Sunday School, including one year with her baby son Mark in a basket next to her.
Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sons of Norway, welfare babies, special ed. kids, exchange students – all knew her attentions. For her descendants, she leaves a lofty legacy to aspire to – a strong sense of duty, a sense of fairness, compassion for the underdog, welcoming of strangers, standing up for what’s right, intolerance of the sleazy or evil, an innate sense of decency, dignity, reverence and respect.
Doloris is survived by her children: Sylvia (Steven J.) Pecsenye, Strand (Patricia Rader) Wedul, Mark (Judith Busdicker) Wedul, Lita (Odd) Haddal, Chad (Judith Kinowski) Wedul; grandchildren: Magda Pecsenye, Steven Michael Pecsenye, (Amanda), Kimberly Wedul (Jeff Durkin), Ted Wedul (Angie), Andrea Wedul, Leah Wedul, Leif Wedul, Maren Sofie Haddal, Chad Christian Haddal (Risa), Paal Haddal, Sarah Urbick, Katherine Wedul; great-grandchildren: Robert French, Thomas French, Madison Durkin, Liam Durkin, Ella Wedul, Luke Wedul, Haakon Haddal, Alexis Urbick, Ella Urbick, Grace Urbick.
She is also grieved by exchange son Guillermo Barrera and family, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews as well as neighbors and friends who call her “Mom” or “Grandma.”
Doloris was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and siblings, and exchange son Djamal Aminoedin.
Funeral Service will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour prior to service. A visitation will also be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home. Interment will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com
Doloris E. Wedul, 101