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Dorothy M. Vielweber-Wagner

Dorothy M. Vielweber-Wagner
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.

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  1. Cissy Sullivan says:

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. Always such a sweet smile to greet you with. The heavens have gained a new star. Rest in peace.

  2. Rob & Charlotte Shaw says:

    Sorry for your loss, Dorothy will be miss by many. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  3. Vic & Lee main says:

    My condolences to all the families we will miss this wonderful lady

  4. Colleen Sauerwein and Debbie Main says:

    Our sincere condolences and prayers to the family. What a great lady and you will be missed by many.

  5. Mark Stehl says:

    Dorothy was such a nice person. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Vielweber and Wagner families and their friends during this difficult time. 🙏🏻

  6. Diane Boschert says:

    So sad she was a great lady and I enjoyed our time interviewing for the News Brief so into life and what it had to offer her and her family! She will be missed ❤️ hugs to all🤗may you have many special memories in your hearts forever ❤️

  7. Mike and Dawn Buettner says:

    Words can’t describe Dorothy. What a great lady. She raised a great family. I can remember many days at dad’s store where she also had to play mom for my brother and I. The world is dimmer today with her loss, but overall much brighter because of her and all the things she did.
    Our condolences to Judy, Jim and Mary Jo and their families. I know there will be no lack of great memories to rest upon.

  8. Mary Ann Kelly Slorahn says:

    Hugs to you and your family,

  9. Peggy Kessler-Emery says:

    The world has lost a beautiful, incredible Angel on earth. You could not find a more lovely or finer lady than Aunt Dorothy. She has always been so very special to all us Wilderman kids. We will miss her so very much. She has done so many good things including having come up with all the genealogy of the family. Thanks to her we know where we came from even though we don’t always know where or what we are doing. She definitely will never be forgotten. Love forever!

    • Sue Ann Werner says:

      Dorothy was my neighbor for a few years, and one of the nicest humans I have ever met in my entire life! Her sense of humor was phenomenal and every memory of Dorothy comes with a smile. She will be very much missed. ❤️

  10. Ron & Kim Hampton says:

    Rest easy sweet Dorothy~our condolences to Judy, Mary Jo, Jim, Mel & all of Dorothy’s family.

    • Robert & Lynn Harbison says:

      So sorry for your loss. Dorothy always had a smile on and what a beautiful smile it was. She will be missed by so many.

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  1. Rest easy sweet Dorothy~our condolences to Judy, Mary Jo, Jim, Mel & all of Dorothy’s family.

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    • So sorry for your loss. Dorothy always had a smile on and what a beautiful smile it was. She will be missed by so many.

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  2. The world has lost a beautiful, incredible Angel on earth. You could not find a more lovely or finer lady than Aunt Dorothy. She has always been so very special to all us Wilderman kids. We will miss her so very much. She has done so many good things including having come up with all the genealogy of the family. Thanks to her we know where we came from even though we don’t always know where or what we are doing. She definitely will never be forgotten. Love forever!

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    • Dorothy was my neighbor for a few years, and one of the nicest humans I have ever met in my entire life! Her sense of humor was phenomenal and every memory of Dorothy comes with a smile. She will be very much missed. ❤️

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  3. Hugs to you and your family,

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  4. Words can’t describe Dorothy. What a great lady. She raised a great family. I can remember many days at dad’s store where she also had to play mom for my brother and I. The world is dimmer today with her loss, but overall much brighter because of her and all the things she did.
    Our condolences to Judy, Jim and Mary Jo and their families. I know there will be no lack of great memories to rest upon.

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  5. So sad she was a great lady and I enjoyed our time interviewing for the News Brief so into life and what it had to offer her and her family! She will be missed ❤️ hugs to all🤗may you have many special memories in your hearts forever ❤️

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  6. Dorothy was such a nice person. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Vielweber and Wagner families and their friends during this difficult time. 🙏🏻

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  7. Our sincere condolences and prayers to the family. What a great lady and you will be missed by many.

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  8. My condolences to all the families we will miss this wonderful lady

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  9. Sorry for your loss, Dorothy will be miss by many. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

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  10. So very sorry to hear this sad news. Always such a sweet smile to greet you with. The heavens have gained a new star. Rest in peace.

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