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Ilah Janice Anderson Weiblen
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Birth: Aug. 11, 1921
Death: May 5, 2011

May 9, 2011 - Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Ilah Janice Anderson Weiblen, 89, a longtime Dubuque resident and native Iowan, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Ann Arbor, Mich. She had been ill for several years with Alzheimer's disease.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dubuque. Private interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Dubuque. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2659 Kennedy Road. Friends also may call from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Ilah was born on Aug. 11, 1921, in Northwood, Iowa, daughter of Irene Anderson Schlutsmeyer and Alvin B.C. Anderson. After a childhood in Northwood and Waverly, she graduated from Waverly High School and attended Wartburg College in Waverly.

Prior to her marriage to William H. Weiblen on May 30, 1943, she worked for two years in her stepfather's store, Schlutsmeyer's Dry Goods and Ladies Apparel in Waverly. She and Bill began their married life in Bryan, Ohio, where Bill served his first congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church, as pastor and where their children were born.

When Bill became a Lutheran chaplain in the Air Force, Ilah and family moved first to Cotuit, Mass., and then, when Bill was stationed in Korea for a year during the Korean Conflict, returned to Waverly. After Bill's return from Korea, he was called as assistant pastor to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waverly. Ilah and Bill continued their life in Waverly until 1958, when they moved to Erlangen, Germany, for Bill to complete his doctoral studies. Ilah and Bill moved to Dubuque upon their return from Germany in 1960. In Dubuque, Bill served as a professor and later president of Wartburg Theological Seminary and Ilah was also employed at the seminary. He preceded her in death.

Ilah was active in her church, Holy Trinity Lutheran, and at the seminary. She worked tirelessly to secure Namibia's independence from South Africa. For her years of dedicated service to this struggle and to the students and programs of Wartburg Seminary, she was honored with the Loehe Award in 1989.

Surviving are her son, William A. (Barbara), of Hudson, Mass., and daughters, Carolyn Gelpke (Robert), of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Faith (Donald) Trapp, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; four grandchildren, Laura (James) Weiblen Wiper, Charles (Jennifer) Weiblen, Erik (Abigail) Olson and Jon Olson; four great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dr. Paul and Katie Weiblen; and a sister-in-law, Betty Weiblen.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; her brother; sisters-in-law; and brothers-in-law.

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  William Harlan Weiblen (1919 - 2004)
Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: May 09, 2011
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Ilah Janice <i>Anderson</i> Weiblen
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