Gwendolyn R. Johannes, 100
Blue Earth – Gwendolyn “Gwen” R. Johannes, age 100, of Blue Earth, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, Father Parrott officiated. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery in Blue Earth. Gwen’s service is recorded at www.pattonfh. com/obituary/gwen-johannes.
Gwen was born on March 5, 1921 on a farm near Sanborn, Iowa to Richard and Ruby (Green) Niewendorp. She was raised on the farm and educated country school and high school in Sheldon, Iowa. Gwen attended two years of teacher’s college at Iowa State and began teaching. On June 7, 1948, Gwen married Leonard Frank Johannes in Ashton, Iowa. The couple moved to Blue Earth in 1954 and Gwen lived there ever since. After moving to Blue Earth, Gwen worked at Rog & El’s Red Owl as produce manager.
Gwen was a member of SSPP Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Luke’s, and after Gwen was admitted there, she was known as their social butterfly.
Gwen loved her family dearly. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jill (Larry) Weckwerth, of Wells, and their children, Mike and Clower Weckwerth (Chase), of Apple Valley, Sarah and Trevor Nelson (Shawn and Lily), of Maplewood, Eric and Kristin Weckwerth (Reid, Brennan, Kate, and Griffin), of Rochester, and Guy and Kaitlin Weckwerth (Brady and Adelyn), of Akeley; daughter, Jane (Barry) Wittenkeller, of Burnsville and their children, Brian and Ariel (Sage, Trey, and Travis), of Apple Valley, Kristin and David Meyers, of Blaine; daughter-in-law, Deb Johannes, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and her children, Chris, of Pullman, Washington, Nicole and Mark Roberts (Emma and Wyatt) of Alaska, Wisconsin; and three foster grandchildren, Claira, Callie and Cassie.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in 1980; son, Lynn in 2013; two granddaughters, Alison and Emily Wittenkeller in 1988; and her only sister, Gwelda.