The funeral service for Melva Wiebusch will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake City with Pastor Nathan Cordes officiating. Burial will follow in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Lake City.
Melva Jean Wiebusch, 87, of Lake City, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at her home in Lake City. She was born at home on May 25, 1932, in Chester Township, Wabasha County, to Reinhart and Helen (Betcher) Miller. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake City, and attended rural country school. On June 25, 1954, she married Fritz Wiebusch at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake City.
Melva and Fritz farmed in rural Lake City and she also raised and butchered chickens for 30 years. Melva also was employed at the Jewell Nursery for 32 years. Later, Melva was a kitchen assistant at Bluffview Elementary School, where she was known as the "Lunch Lady." Melva also loved to can vegetables, bake for her family, and made grit-wurst. She loved attending auctions, always arriving one hour early and taking a front-row seat. She enjoyed going on gambling buses with her friends. Melva was a lifetime member of St. John's Lutheran Church and of the Lake City VFW Auxiliary.
Melva is survived by her three children, Sheri (Vince) Sexton of Millville, Connie (Craig) Atkinson and Steven Wiebusch, both of Lake City; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Katie, Staci, Robert, Lance, Jake, and Ashley; and seven great-grandchildren, Emily, Ashley, Parker, Sidney, Ethan, Julia, and Roger; siblings, Leland Miller of Hager City, Delaine (Donald) Klein of Lake City, and Nancy Johnson of Burnsville, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; sisters, Mary Ann, Winifred, Diane, and Judith; and brothers, Arvid, Willard, her twin brother Melvin, Haven, and Baby Miller.
Friends and family may visit on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, and at the church on Thursday from noon until the time of service.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel. Guest register may be signed at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com