Olivia J. Wiltgen, 92, of Le Mars, formerly of Spirit Lake, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, following a brief illness.
The former Olivia Josephine Ludwig was born Dec. 23, 1911, at Oyens, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Staebell) Ludwig.
She married Cyril Wiltgen on Nov. 11, 1937, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City. The couple lived in Le Mars where Cyril was a longtime building contractor and owner of Wiltgen Construction Co. In 1968 they moved to Spirit Lake and resided on East Lake Okoboji. Her husband Cyril died May 23, 1980. Mrs. Wiltgen continued to live on East Lake Okoboji until last year, when she moved to Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Olivia was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Christian Mother's Society, and a 50-year member of The Catholic Daughters of America.
She enjoyed perch fishing and snowmobiling at the Lakes. She was also an avid Hawkeye basketball fan.
Survivors include her five children: Betty Murphy of Omaha, Neb., Tom Wiltgen and his wife, Jolene of Le Mars, Dick Wiltgen and his wife, Marilyn of Spirit Lake, Ron Wiltgen and his wife, Cheryl of Le Mars, and Judy and her husband, Dr. Joe Robinette of Tacoma, Wash.; 23 grandchildren: Jean Murphy, Debra Oman, Colleen Siracuse, Maureen Olson, and William Murphy, Jr., Brian and Chad Wiltgen, Chuck, Danielle, John, and Mark Wiltgen, Ryan Wiltgen, Cheri Herbst, Robb, Ronda, Rik, Lisa, Kari, Erik, and Alex Wiltgen, and Jeff Robinette, Melissa Sloan, and Katie Robinette; 30 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Dolores Zeig and Marie Kellen, both of Remsen; two brothers: Gordon Ludwig of Viborg, S.D., and Ron Ludwig of Alton; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; twin siblings in infancy; a sister Betty in childhood; three brothers: Cletus in childhood, and Fritz and Eddie Ludwig; a son-in-law Dr. William Murphy; four sisters-in-law: Dolores, Shirley, Helen, and Maxine Ludwig; and two brothers-in-law: Cloyd Zeig and Vern Kellen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Visitation is today (Monday) at St. Joseph's Church after 2 p.m. A Christian Mother's rosary will be held at 4 p.m., a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. and a Catholic Daughters rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday morning for one hour prior to the Mass. The Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be six grandsons: Bill Murphy, Ryan, Robb, Brian, John, and Mark Wiltgen. Honorary pallbearers will be three grandsons: Chad, Rik and Erik Wiltgen.