Dorothy M. Vielweber-Wagner (nee Stroh), passed peacefully into God’s care on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at the Red Bud Care Center in Red Bud, Illinois. She was born in Belleville IL on June 30, 1927.
Dorothy is survived by her second husband, Melvin Wagner of rural Marissa, Illinois. They were married July 17, 2004.
Her first marriage was to Leroy C. Vielweber. She was proud to be a WW II war bride. They were married in 1942. Leroy is the father of surviving children, Judy L. (Jim) Newman of New Athens, Mary Jo (the late Dan) Nuernberger of New Athens and James L. Vielweber (Phyllis) of Freeburg. Also surviving is her Sister-in-law, Florence Schubert of Fayetteville; Stepsons, Larry (Martha) Wagner; Carl (Karen) Wagner, Rev. Don (Nancy) Wagner; Bruce (Penny) Wagner; 21 Grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Henry and Viola (nee Bretsch) Stroh; her sisters, Marilyn (Richard) Barron and Alice Colleen; her half-brother, Arkel (Marie) Wilderman; half-sister, Erbyl (Cleon) Wilson; Son-in-Law, Daniel J. Nuernberger; grandson, John Daniel Nuernberger
Dorothy was dedicated to her family and friends. She brought so much joy to many in her 95 years of life. She was adored, known for her kind, sweet spirit and always thought of others. Dorothy loved to bake for her family, and her creations were always a welcome treat.
Dorothy was an active member of St. John United Church of Christ, serving as a church council member and the St. John UCC Women’s Guild. She was charter member of the New Athens Historical Society, St. Clair County Historical Society, Post 7010 VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Progressive Grange.
Dorothy’s last employment was at the New Athens location of the Lenzburg Farmer’s Co-op, which helped prepare her for country life as a farmer’s wife. She was also a historian, studying genealogy records and researching many area families. She travelled to Germany twice to research, visit churches, cemeteries, and castles, opening the archives of her beloved family.
Dorothy’s departure from this earth reminds us that angels are always walking with us and watching over us.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 28 from 9 am-11am at St. John United Church of Christ, 301 South Market St. in New Athens, IL.
Funeral services will be immediately following. Burial will be held at the New Athens Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ or New Athens Historical Society.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.