Mildred Virginia (Knopp) Wamberg, 97, of Glenwood, died April 19, 2013, in Glenwood. Services are Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Peterson Mortuary in Glenwood. Chaplain Paul Crane will officiate. Interment will be held in the Glenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Glenwood Public Library or Glen Haven Home.
Mildred was born May 13, 1915, in Glenwood, to Roy C. and Nell (Johnson) Knopp. She was baptized in 1928 at the First Baptist Church in Glenwood. Her dedication to her church included: serving as church organist for 50 years; serving as Sunday School teacher for 48 years, and active membership in the Baptist Evening Guild, the First Baptist Church Board of Education, the Baptist Women's group and the music committee.
She graduated from Fleming High School in Fleming, Colo. Following her high school graduation, she became a teacher in the Raymond, Neb., rural school system. Mildred received her two-year teaching certificate from Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb. and earned her bachelor of arts/education degree and her master's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
She married Donald E. Wamberg, Sr., Nov. 13, 1936, in Holdredge, Neb. and came to Glenwood in 1947. They raised their five children (Susie, Jimmy, Donny, Marty and Steven) on their acreage north of Glenwood. For more than 20 years, Mildred, using the pen name Kay Noel, wrote a weekly column for the Glenwood Opinion-Tribune newspaper titled "Cookies and Cameos," which related the experiences and adventures of her family. She also published two collections of poetry and short stories about her children and grandchildren.
Mildred taught a total of 23 years, 19 years were in the Glenwood Community School System, retiring in 1980. A lifelong resident of Glenwood, she was active in the Glenwood Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she held the Regent's title for three years, the Friends of the Library Club, AWOL Club, National Education Association, Share a Book Club and formed the Pre-School Mother's Organization in 1946. In 1990, she was honored by the Glenwood Rotary Club
as Citizen of the Month and in 1991, the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce presented her with the Good Neighbor Award.
She resided at Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs from 1996 to 2008 and enjoyed various activities there, serving as pianist/organist for their Sunday services for many years. In 2008, she moved to Glen Haven Home in Glenwood, where she resided prior to her death.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Nell (Johnson) Knopp; her husband, Donald E. Wamberg, Sr.; her son, James Wamberg; and her sister and brother-in-law, Marcella and Dennis Collins. She is survived by her children, Susie (Pete) Swihart of Glenwood; Don Wamberg of Atlanta, Ga.; Marty (Hank) Shull of Northwood; and Steve (Annie) Wamberg of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter-in-law Kathy Wamberg of Des Moines; 13 grandchildren: Mark (Jane) Konfrst; Diana Konfrst; Brian (Heidi) Konfrst; Tim Konfrst; Rhonda (Mike) Crouse; Jennifer (Doug) Hall; Kristi Wamberg; Megan (Ryan) Rudolph; Andrew (Angeline) Wamberg; Andy (Debbie) Shull; Katy (Eric) Anderson; Ben Wamberg and Maggie Wamberg; 22 great-grandchildren including David, Jonathan and Timothy Konfrst; Rod and Todd Schoening; Shannon Schoening (Aaron Schwarz); Zach McCord; Ashley and Adam Konfrst; Emily Wagaman; Jeremy (Keara) Wamberg; Ashton and Parker Rudolph; Mary Hodges and Francie Wamberg; Michaela, Maxwell and Mikael Anderson; and Maria, Ally, Gabi and Christina Shull; three great-great grandchildren: Owen and Ethan Schwarz, and Isaac Wamberg; as well as extended family and friends who have fond memories of her.