Shirley Wiemers, 72, of Greenleaf, Kan., passed away Thursday, August 14, 2008, at Belleville Health Care in Belleville, Kan. A funeral was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16, 2008, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Greenleaf. Pastor Chris LaBoube officiated. Jared Hatesohl played the organ while the congregation sang “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Abide With Me”. Pallbearers were Don Bruna, Kirk Beeman, Jerry Wiemers, Duane Scardina, Warren Bledsoe, Royce Rothlisberger. Burial was in the church cemetery. Shirley was born July 27, 1936, in Greenleaf, Kansas, the daughter of Ernest and Myrtie (Johnson) Bledsoe. She was confirmed in the Christian faith on September 9, 1956 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf, by Rev. Hugo Hoyer. On October 21, 1956, she married Harold Wiemers at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The service was conducted by Rev. Hugo Hoyer. During her life, Shirley worked for Washington County U.S.D. 223, as John Eyer's Legal Secretary for many years, as a cook for the Washington County Hospital and as the bookkeeper for the family milk-hauling business. She was an active member of the congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and participated in the Lutheran Women Missionary League. She was a former Greenleaf City Council member and also participated in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 37 years, Harold; and one brother, Walter Bledsoe. Survivors include five daughters, Dianne Kramer and husband Douglas of Belleville, Kan., Nadine Smith of Lost Springs, Kan., Karen Stewart and husband Clifford of Washington, Kan., Jackie Traylor and husband Mark of Olathe, Kan., and Janece Vathauer and husband Scott of Barnes, Kan.; one brother, Milton Bledsoe and wife Kathy of Washington; four sisters, Sharon Bruna of Barnes, Linda Alexander and husband Kenneth of McPherson, Kan., Lenore Samuelson and husband Roger of Ellsworth, Kan., and Leila Justis of Greenleaf; and thirteen grandchildren, Jamie, Ryan and Brett Kramer; Megan and Caitlin Smith; John Brown, Adam and Emily Stewart; Bethany, Graham and Michael Traylor; and Frannie and Tyler Vathauer. A memorial fund has been designated to Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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