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March 27, 1932 ~ June 22, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
Betty Colleen Wienke, 91, passed away (June 22, 2023) peacefully at home with her loving family by her side.
Betty was born to Edgar and Lois Fernandes in Newman, IL on March 27, 1932. She grew up on the Fernandes Family Farm outside Newman, where she was raised learning the value of hard work and the love of family.
Betty attended school in Newman, IL. She married John C. Wienke on August 28th, 1948 at the Newman Methodist Church. They had two children, Pam and Stan. Betty took great pride in being a mom and a farmer's wife. She maintained a meticulous home and helped run the Wienke Family Farm. All the while she worked at Thornsboroughs, the Allerton Diner and the Broadlands Grocery Store.
After her husband passed away, Betty worked at Homer Hardware and in Champaign at Do It Best Hardware. She was very well known for her wit and her ability to help anyone. In fact, she maintained her independence and worked until she was 90. Betty loved keeping busy and being with her friends and family.
In the past year, she moved into Brookdale Assisted Living in Urbana where she truly enjoyed having fun everyday. She was a hard worker with a loving soul.
Betty is survived by her son Stan and his wife Katie. Betty had 7 grandchildren. Scott (Amanda McWilliams) Schaub, Jason (Ashley Apgar) Wienke, Jenna (Tyler) Flessner, Johanna (Paul) Foran, John (Heather) Wienke, Jud (Kenzie) Wienke and Haven Hatfield. She had 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her daughter Pam Wiltfang her brothers, Charles, Donald, Harold, Kendall and sister, Marilyn.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 390 CR 2400 East, Broadlands. Pastor John Sharp will officiate. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Broadlands. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Freese Funeral Home, 202 W. Main St., Sidney, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of Broadlands in her name.