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Obituary for Rev. Raymond P. Wieling
Rev. Raymond P. Wieling, 90, of Sioux City, Iowa and formerly of Danbury, Iowa died Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City. The funeral Mass will be Thursday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury. Celebrating the Mass will be Rev. Daniel Greving and Bishop R. Walker Nickless with concelebrants being the Sioux City Diocesan priests. Burial will be in the Danbury Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 19 after 3:00 p.m. with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:30 pm., the Rosary for the Souls of Priests in Purgatory at 4:30 p.m. and the Vigil Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury. Armstrong Funeral Home of Danbury and Mapleton has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Rev. Raymond Paul Wieling was born March 1, 1925, at Danbury, Iowa to John and Anna (Fleischmann) Wieling. He was the first born of five children. He attended rural public school, St. Mary's Catholic School and St. Patrick's Catholic High School all of Danbury. As for his seminary education, he attended Trinity College, Sioux City, lowa, St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland, St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota and studied in Rome. He was ordained June 7, 1949, at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City by Bishop Joseph M. Mueller ofξthe Sioux City Diocese.ξ Rev. Wieling was Assistant Pastor to St. Joseph Parish - Le Mars 1949-1954 and Immaculate Conception Parish - Sioux City 1954-1957, Pastor to St. Mary Parish - Oto (attending Hornick) 1957-1959, St. Michael Parish - Kingsley 1959-1967, St. Mary Parish - Alton 1967-1968, St. Joseph Parish - Salix 1968-1990,ξSt. Joseph Parish - Neptune 1990-1995. He retired in 1995 from his pastoral duties but continued to provide covership on weekday and weekend Masses throughout the Sioux City Diocese until 2011.ξ The most important thing in Rev. Wieling's life was his Catholic Faith. His greatest love was celebrating the Holy Mass each day. The love of his faith was seen and shared by those who were blessed to have known him. He had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Souls of Purgatory and was well known for the thousands of Rosaries he made and distributed locally and throughout the world. The majority of the rosaries he made, were made of Job Tears, which he grew himself. He was also well known as a Spiritual Director for many pilgrimages to the Holy Catholic Shrines throughout the world, his involvement in the Pro-Life Movement, the Blue Army. He was also an avid fisherman.ξ ξRev. Wieling is survived by his sisters, Alice Boysen and Dorothy (Vince) Boyle all of Danbury, and Marion "Cat" Trucke of Mapleton, a sister-in-law Maria Wieling of Sioux City and many, many nieces, nephews, relativesξand friends.ξ He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Wieling, a brother Edwin "Pood" Wieling, brothers-in-law Melvin Boysen and Edwin Trucke and Mary Ellen Dahl, who was his Administrative Aide and most trusted confidant.ξξ