Juanita Wheeler

September 128, 2013

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Updated: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:53:37 CST

Juanita L. Wheeler, 96, of Grand Island, died Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Rose Lane Home in Loup City.

Services will be at 10:30 am on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. Interment will be in Westlawn Cemetery in Grand Island. Visitation will from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the funeral home in Grand Island. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. Apfel Funeral Home is serving the family.

Mrs. Wheeler was born October 24, 1916 at Guthrie Center, Iowa, the daughter of Harry W. & Ethel M. (Beer) Grove. Her family moved when she was an infant, to Omaha and at the age of 10, relocated to Norfolk. She received her education in the Omaha and Norfolk Public School System.

She was united in marriage to Muriel M. Wheeler, February 4, 1933 at Stanton, Nebraska after which the couple made their home in Norfolk. In 1942, they moved to Grand Island where they remained. She was employed as a clerk and cashier for K-Mart for 10 years retiring in 1982. Mr. Wheeler preceded her in death in September of 1989 after 56 ½ years of marriage.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Elizabeth Circle. She especially loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She enjoyed crafts, knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking and traveling. She made Afghans for all of her family (50 in all).

Survivors include a daughter in law, Carol Wheeler of Grand Island, seven grandchildren: James & Barbara Jaeschke of Loup City, NE., Donald & Ronda Jaeschke of Kearney, NE., Michael & Becky Jaeschke of Kenesaw, NE., Sherry & Don Sorensen of Fairfield, NE., Rob & Janace Wheeler of Beatrice, NE., Dennis & Lisa Wheeler of Miami, Florida, Dave & Edna Wheeler of Olathe, KS, 17 great grandchildren: Christopher & Stacey Jaeschke, Jonathon Jaeschke, Sara Jaeschke, Jacob Jaeschke, Jennifer Jaeschke, Matthew Jaeschke, Kelsey Jaeschke, Jenna Jaeschke, Amanda Sorensen, Jason & Stephanie Sorensen, KayLynn & Joe McCormick, Emily & Joel Thompson, Ashley Wheeler, Jared Wheeler, Carolyn & Matt Jensen, Thomas Wheeler, Brianna Wheeler, four great great grandchildren; Carsen Jaeschke, Abigale Sorensen, Cody W. Sorensen, Jaydon Sorensen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry & Ethel Grove, husband, Muriel M. Wheeler, two sons, Leslie & Robert, daughter & son in law, Betty & Walter Jaeschke, one brother, Marvin Grove & one sister, Maxine Polley.