Arnold J. Wieser
1924 - 2021
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Arnold J. Wieser

West Des Moines - Surrounded by his immediate family, the kind and gentle Arnold J. Wieser died at home on Sunday, February 21st while attending online church. Arnie was born September 1, 1924 in Humphrey, Nebraska to Henry and Emma (Kopetzky) Wieser. Arnie was an active member of the Franciscan Community (OFM) for 25 years.

He married Mary Margaret Wilkinson 51 years ago. Arnie was active in civil rights movement in the sixties in Memphis. He helped integrate the Catholic Hospital and the Knights of Columbus. He was very involved in Catholic Education and Faith Formation in the Diocese of Des Moines and Davenport. He was the archivist for the Diocese of Davenport for 16 years. He loved his German singing group, coaching his sons' soccer teams, reading, traveling, hiking and music.

Arnie is survived by: Wife: Mary Margaret Son: Paul Daughter in law: Emily Grandson: Henry. He is proceeded in death by: Parents: Henry and Emma Son: Sean Sister: Henrietta Zack Brothers: Harold, Norbert, Gene, Pete, Luke, Erv, Jim and infant brother Elmer. Because of COVID-19 there will be a graveside service for members of the immediate family on Wednesday at Resthaven. Later in the spring or fall there will be a celebration of life liturgy.

Memorials may be made to St. Ann's, Long Grove, IA, St. Boniface, Waukee, IA or to the family wishes.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2021.
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February 25, 2021
I met Arnie through his wife, Mary, whom was a colleague of mine at Holy Trinity Church & School. He had twinkling eyes, a soft smile, gentle spirit, and kindness that emerged from his very presence. Both were so proud of each other's accomplishments, with their most cherished being their precious sons. I have such fond memories of my time at Holy Trinity, and of working with Mary, and in getting to know the family. Virtual hugs and prayers for all. May your faith sustain and comfort you.
Debbie Murphy
February 24, 2021
Thinking of the kind, humble, gentle spirit that Arnie embodied. We shared a love of books and libraries over the years. Sending prayers and sincere sympathy to all of you.
Mary Head
February 24, 2021
I was sorry to hear about Arnie's passing. You will all be in my prayers. "Eternal rest grant unto him O, Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him."
Fr. Ray McHenry
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