The former Velma Clara Ann Gronemeyer was born June 29, 1920 in Preston Township, rural Craig, the daughter of Fred J. and Caroline (Marienau) Gronemeyer. She was baptized at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston Township and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Craig.
Velma attended country school in Preston Township and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1939.
She began working with the Le Mars Sentinel in 1936, while still in high school. Following high school, she continued to work for the Sentinel.
Velma married Rudolph J. Dreckman June 16, 1941, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. In 1943, her husband Rudy began a three-year hitch with the Army Air Corp and the couple moved to California, where he served most of his three years. They returned to Le Mars in 1946 and farmed south of town until 1959.
In 1955, Velma began her 25-year tenure at the Plymouth County Courthouse in the Treasurer's Office, where she spent five years working in the motor vehicle department. In 1960, she transferred to the Clerks Office and several years later was named Deputy Clerk. Her husband Rudy Dreckman died April 14, 1984.
On Oct. 22, 1994, Velma married Leonard Wiltgen.
Velma was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the guild, since 1941. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers Society and the E.O.T. Club.
Velma enjoyed her family, sewing and taking care of her house plants.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard Wiltgen of Le Mars; a son, William (Maureen) Dreckman of Woodstock, Ga.; a daughter, Barbara (Byron) Boraas of Zumbrota, Minn.; 11 grandchildren: Michele Dreckman Jannsens, Melissa Francis, Margaret (Scott) Chinnis, Kathleen (Scott) Stepp, Michael (Tiffany) Boraas, Angela Boraas, Christina (Brandon) Rucker, Steven (Martha) Haack, Pam (J.R.) Browning, Julie Hougland, and Jeff (LeAnne) Haack; great-grandchildren: Zachary and Hannah Janssens, Devon Francis, Sandon, Ty, and Nolan Stepp, Mackenzie, Mason, and Madelyn Boraas, and Riley Rucker; a sister, Loris Heeren of Le Mars, and a brother, Wendall (Carmen) Gronemeyer of Ireton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two newborn infants, Janice and Paul Dreckman; her first husband, Rudy Dreckman; a daughter-in-law, Judy Dreckman; a brother, Lyle Gronemeyer; and a sister, Velgene Hazel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Friday) at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 4 p.m. Christian Mothers rosary service and a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home 9-10 a.m. Saturday morning, followed by the 10:30 a.m. Mass at church.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.