Mass of Christian Burial for Ella Weitl, 91, was held Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. Rev. Steven Brodersen, celebrant and Rev. Emmanuel Agwuoke Concelebrant. Casket bearers were John Weitl, Jerry Havermann, Scott Opsahl, Steven Klaus, Jesse Weitl, Eric Opsahl, Josh Weitl and Zachary Weitl. Gift bearers were Jorja Weitl and Jeremy Opsahl. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of the arrangements.
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Ella Regina, daughter of Ben and Amelia (Miller) Riesberg, was born Aug. 31, 1921 on the family farm in Carroll County, near Carroll. She grew up on the family farm with her large family and attended Holy Angels in Roselle, graduating from eighth grade. Ella helped on the farm until she was united in marriage with Alfred Weitl on Oct. 1, 1940. They were married at Holy Angels Church in Roselle.
Ella and Alfred made their home on a farm in Audubon County from 1940 until 1966 when they moved to their present home west of Templeton. Ella was a homemaker and active farm wife. They raised a lot of chickens and she used the eggs in her baking, which she loved to do. She also used the milk from their cows for her large family and in her baking. She cultivated a large garden and canned the produce, especially apples. In addition, she grew gladiolas for use in the church. Her garden became a park for her kids and grandkids with many interesting vegetable and flower beds. Everyone fondly remembers her delicious 'buns'.
Ella and Alfred were members of Sacred Heart Parish in Templeton and Ella was a member of CD of A.
After the death of her husband on July 4, 1995, Ella remained in their home until she could no longer live at home. In 2008, she became a resident of the Manning Plaza Nursing Home where she died on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at the age of 91 years 11 months and 17 days.
Besides her parents and husband, Ella was preceded in death by her son Allan Weitl in 2010; brothers: Herbert (Mary) Riesberg, William (Marie) Riesberg, Eddie Riesberg and Albert Riesberg in infancy; sisters Irene Riesberg and Laura (Andy) Hoffman; brothers in law Merle Heider and Teddy Langel and son in law Bengi Havermann.
She is survived by her children: Howard (Sharon) Weitl of Audubon; Noreen Havermann of Fort Dodge; Doris (Bernie) Hirman of Elk River, Minn.; Jan (Paul) Klaus of Forest Lake, Minn.; Gary (Mary) Weitl of Templeton; Sharon (Ken) Wicker of Independence, Mo.; Gene (Polly) Weitl of Audubon and Dave (Kris) Weitl of Pine, Colo.; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters Hilda Heider of Humboldt and Claire 'Bonnie' Langel of Carroll; many other relatives and friends.
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 23 to Sept. 22, 2013