Ida Mary (Albrecht) Wewel was born to Paul and Ida (Kleinschmit) Albrecht on July 22, 1918 at
Menominee, NE. Ida was the youngest of the family of 2 boys and 6 girls. Menominee was a
German catholic settlement nestled in the rolling hills south of Yankton, South Dakota and the
Missouri River. It was here the family home and farm was located. Menominee, at that time,
was established with St. Boniface Catholic Church, St. Boniface Catholic School, a grocery
store, gas station, and several family homes. Ida’s family were faithful members of the church.
She attended school there, 1st through 8th grade with the staff of faithful Benedictine nuns from
the Sacred Heart Convent, Yankton, So. Dakota. The Albrecht home was one mile from
Menominee and the children walked to and from school every morning and evening. Upon
graduating from the 8th grade Ida received an honor for obtaining the highest overall grade
average of the 275 8th grade students. At the age of 14 Ida’s mother passed away and then Ida
came to Stuart, NE to reside with her sister and continued on in high school there. After
graduating from high school she began her teaching career. With the Normal Training she
received, she was qualified for rural school teaching. She taught several rural schools for the
next ten years in Holt and Cedar Counties. During the summer months she attended Wayne
State College to further her degree. During this time she met a handsome young man named
Raymond F. Wewel from Newport, NE and they were united in marriage in 1944. They settled
on the Wewel ranch south of Newport and made their home there. She continued teaching until
their children were born. They were parents to Roland Raymond, Westelle Ann, and Harvey
Joe. After Raymond’s death in 1985, Ida purchased and established a home in Stuart, where
she has resided until her move to Parkside Manor the last 2 years. As a member of St.
Boniface Church in Stuart, she served many years as Sacristan, Lector, Eucharistic Minister,
and was a choir member for over thirty years. God was foremost during her lifetime and her
great Faith is her legacy to all.
Ida’s greatest joy was serving her Lord. She spent countless hours cleaning, decorating and
flower arranging at church. She laundered and pressed altar linens, cared for vestments and
made ready sacred vessels in helping prepare the church for countless services over the years.
Ida had a great passion for the Lord.
She spent much of her life helping Raymond on the ranch and in the fields. She prepared
numerous meals for hired field workers. Ida was a member of the Christian Mother’s Association
and her pies were sought after as fundraisers and by the grandchildren. Ida took great joy in her
grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Ida is survived by her daughter Westy Nelson and grandchildren Gere’ Stevens, Mike Nelson
(Heather), Jon Nelson and Joey Nelson (Tarah). She is also survived by her son Harv Wewel
(Kathy Brayton) and grandchildren Andrew Wewel (Dena), Emily Bauer (Bryce), and Scott
Wewel (Alyssa). She is also survived by her grandchild Brad Hahn (the late Roland’s son).
Great grand children are Neva Stevens, West Nelson, Harper and River Nelson, Jon and Frank
Nelson, Lincoln Wewel, Mason, Molly and Miles Bauer, and Jack Wewel.
Ida was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Ida Albrecht, husband Raymond, son
Roland, son-in-law Steve Nelson, brothers Pete and Leonard Albrecht, sisters Crescentia
Loecker, Gertrude Goeden, Loretta Kaup Wewel, Leona Kruse, Hilda Loecker Obermire, neices
Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE.
Visitation: Monday June 12, 2017 from 6 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart with a 7pm Rosary at the funeral home Monday evening