Wiederholt says goodbye to RSM Schools

Thursday, June 4, 2020
LeAnn Wiederholt

After spending twenty-two years at Remsen St. Mary's Schools, Administrative Assistant and Lunch Coordinator, LeAnn Wiederholt, has decided it's time to retire.

“My husband retired from his position as Transportation Director at Cherokee Schools, and I thought that this would be a good time for me to join him. Plus, it is time.” stated Wiederholt.

When asked about any plans for retirement, Wiederholt said, “We plan to visit our grandchildren more and to get caught up around the farm.”

Wiederholt is looking forward to having more time to herself, “I look forward to having a whole day or a whole week ahead of me to plan just for myself without any other work commitments.”

Prior to joining RSM, Wiederholt worked in Des Moines and Bronson. “After graduation from secretarial school in 1973, I worked as an inventory assistant at a company in Des Moines. This company had yet to use computers so everything we did was manually imputed. We moved to Lawton, Iowa, in 1974, and I became the secretary at the Bronson Elementary for two years. When our children began to arrive, I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom; but in 1992, I was asked to help out at the Remsen Veterinary Clinic. I thoroughly enjoyed my years there working with the veterinarians and the farmers. When the secretarial position opened up at St. Mary's High School in 1998, I was fortunate to be able to work in the same school where our children attended. This summer marks my twenty-second year at RSM.”

Wiederholt is excited to spend more time with her family, which are spread throughout the country, “I married my high school sweetheart, Mike, forty-seven years ago. We have four sons and two daughters, all graduates of Remsen St. Mary’s Schools. Our oldest son, Ted and wife, Dawn of twenty-one years, live near Washington D.C. They have six children; Jack, Clara, Sam, Evelyn, Amelia, and Emmett. Ted is a Captain in the United States Navy and is working for the Navy Staff at the Pentagon where he manages the development of the Navy’s five-year budget plan. Before working at the Pentagon, Ted was the commanding officer aboard the USS SHOUP, DDG 86 from 2016-2018. Ted’s wife, Dawn, is a middle school science teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School, Triangle, Virginia. Daughters Evelyn, Amelia, and son, Emmett, attend the same school rising in grades seventh, fifth, and kindergarten respectively. Oldest son, Jack, and daughter Clara, are both graduates of St. John Paul the Great High School in Dumfries, Virginia. Jack attends college at Montana State University as a rising sophomore, and Clara will join her brother at MSU as a freshman this year. Son, Sam, will be a sophomore this fall at St. John Paul the Great High School.

As an Air Force family, our second oldest son, Scott, and wife of nineteen years, Pam, and family currently live in Hawaii, stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Oahu. However, this summer, they will leave the islands and travel across the mainland to the state of New Jersey. There, they will take up residency where Scott, a Colonel in the Air Force, is slated to take command of the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Pam stays busy keeping up with activities for their four sons and also works as a Physical Therapist. Sons, Mason and Henry, just completed their junior and freshman year respectively at Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Son, Caleb, completed seventh grade at Aliamanu Middle School in Honolulu, and son, Simon, completed fifth grade at Hickam Elementary School, also in Honolulu.

Our third son, John, and his wife of thirteen years, Kellie, live in Newport, Minnesota. John is a business consultant in the area of financials, insurance and new program initiatives, and Kellie works in the logistics department at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Shakopee. Daughter, Ingrid, is a rising seventh grader at Oltman Middle School in Cottage Grove; daughter, Greta, is a rising fifth grader and son, Thomas, will attend third grade - both students at Newport Elementary in Newport.

Our daughter, Maria, and husband, Matt Echaniz, live with their five children in Chesapeake, Virginia. A graduate in public relations and marketing, Maria is a busy wife and homemaker, and Matt is a certified financial planner and divisional vice president for Lincoln Financial Advisors in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their daughter, Isabel, is currently in sixth grade; son, James, is in fourth grade, and son, Matthew, is in second grade; all attend St. Matthew’s Catholic School in Virginia Beach. Their two sons, Luke, age three, and Kolbe, age six months, are at home.

On the west coast, our son, Michael, and his wife of six years, Angelica, reside in Pacific Grove, California, with their three children. Lt. Commander Wiederholt is currently in the Naval Reserves; Naval Operational Support Center, San Jose, California. He also is a Monterey Bay Property Management Agent in Monterey where Angelica is also employed as a property manager and inspector. Their daughter, Rebecca, is fifteen and will attend Pacific Grove High School next fall as a sophomore. Son, Joshua, age six, will be a first grader at Forest Grove Elementary in Pacific Grove; and daughter, Mackenzie, age three, is at home.

Our youngest, daughter Amy, lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with her husband of seven years, Devin Clay. Amy is a nurse employed at Avera McKennan Emergency Department. She is also studying to be a nurse practitioner with plans to attain her doctorate this year. Her husband is a civil engineer for the private firm of JSA Engineers in Sioux Falls.

Besides keeping up with our children all over our country, Mike and I love to care for our farm acreage; and we both share a love of antiquing and traveling to historical places. Even though I am retiring from my office job at RSM, I still plan on continuing to play the organ and piano for school masses and parish liturgies.”

There are many thank you's Wiederholt would like to extend, “I want to thank Mrs. Marlene Goecke who put in a good word for me when I applied at RSM. She is, and always will be, a solid and supportive friend! I also have to thank my dear friends and co-workers at Remsen St. Mary's - you know who you are! Many times, they covered for me when a new grandchild arrived or a special occasion came up and my kids asked grandma to fly out for a few days. The staff at RSM helped me unconditionally, adding my duties onto theirs, and for that I am truly grateful. I am fortunate to work at an institution that puts family life first, and RSM certainly advocates that.”

Wiederholt remembers many memorable moments from her time at RSM Schools, “I have so many from my years. From the interactions with the staff at RSM, the musicals that I was privileged to be a part of, the graduation ceremonies, and watching the students grow from timid kindergartners to new parents in the system are just a few treasured memories. But I would have to say that being part of the most beautiful prayers services and liturgies that we have at St. Mary’s have been the most memorable for me. To witness answered prayers and to have our own chapel to pray in on a daily basis are opportunities that I will probably miss the most when I retire.”

“I would like to thank all of the students that I have had the privilege to get to know these past twenty-two years. Their youth and enthusiasm, and their hope for the future have given me hope that yes, everything will be okay. They have been like children and grandchildren to me, and I am grateful for the many wonderful memories during my time at RSM.” expressed Wiederholt.