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Velma Wiethorn, 91, of McGregor, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 4, at 3pm at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 South Tyler Street, McGregor, with Reverend Christine Farrow officiating. Interment will follow in McGregor Cemetery. On Saturday, June 3, from 6-8pm, friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family at Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West 5th Street in McGregor.
Velma LaVerne Westerfeld was born on March 22, 1926, near Osage, the youngest of Louis and Rella Spross Westerfeld's four children, also including Alfred, Charlie, and Edna. She attended grammar school at Osage and graduated from Crawford High School in 1943. While in high school, she met the love of her life, Gilbert Wiethorn. Velma and Gilbert married at Canaan Baptist Church on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1946, forging a loving, strong partnership that continued for 57 years until Gilbert's death in 2003. They were blessed with three children, Billy, Gayle, and Eugene.
Velma was first and foremost a dedicated Christian, a true servant of God. She was baptized in September 1941, at Canaan Baptist Church. After she married Gilbert, she was confirmed on September 29, 1946, at Zion Lutheran Church by Rev. Louis Hannemann, and she immediately became an active member, dedicating much of her adult years to her beloved church work. At Zion Lutheran, Velma taught Sunday School, sang in the choir for 40 years, served as an officer on the church council and Women of the Church, led Bible studies and devotionals, researched church history, and volunteered in countless other ways.
Velma was also a knowledgeable, skilled, and loving farm wife to Gilbert. Together they helped build a farming operation that was not only successful but that conserved and protected the soil, an issue about which she felt strongly. She served on the Soil Conservation Board of McLennan County for many years, a role most often reserved for men. In May 1964, Velma won the State Homemaker Award of Soil Conservation of Ft. Worth Press, an honor that humbled her greatly.
Velma was also an incredibly loving, caring, and generous person to all of her family and many friends. She loved to cook for and entertain her children and their spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as close friends and family. She made everyone feel welcome and at home. As "Grandma" she was beloved for making each grandchild feel special. They all knew that when grandma prayed for their life problems, they would be answered. She often was "the glue" that held family reunions together. She enjoyed genealogy and published four family tree books: Westerfeld, Spross, Wiethorn, and Fehler.
Velma was preceded in death by husband, Gilbert Wiethorn, and by son, Billy Wiethorn. Survivors, who will miss her greatly, include, daughter-in-law, Joan Wiethorn of Richmond, daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Layne Kruse, of Houston, and son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Dee Wiethorn, of McGregor; grandchildren, Travis Wiethorn, of Houston, Justin Wiethorn and wife, Kathy, of McGregor, Kristin Kruse Lotz and her husband, Wes, of Houston, Allison Smith and husband, Ted, of Belton, Katherine Kruse, of Houston, Brad Wiethorn and wife, Shana, of McGregor, John Kruse and wife, Claire, of Houston, Tyler Wiethorn and wife, Ashley, of Longview, Robert Kruse of Houston, and Elizabeth Kruse Shriver and husband, Nick, of College Station; and great-grandchildren, Courtney Wiethorn, Garrett Wiethorn, Avery Smith, Natalie Smith, Peyton Wiethorn, and Davis Kruse. Velma was also survived by sister-in-laws, Helen Wiethorn and Carol Wiethorn, both of McGregor and cherished cousins, nieces, nephews and loving friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Velma's six grandsons: Travis Wiethorn, Justin Wiethorn, Brad Wiethorn, John Kruse, Tyler Wiethorn, and Robert Kruse.
The family wishes to give special thanks to St. Elizabeth's Assisted Living, Providence Park, for the love and kindness shown to Velma during the last two and a half years while she made it her home and to Dr. Gregg Goebel, her long-time family medical doctor. Thank you also for all those who prayed for Velma and offered other acts of kindness during her recent illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 503 S. Tyler St., McGregor, TX 76657.










Arrangements under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, McGregor, TX.