William “Bill” Joseph Wernimont March 29, 1936-July 13, 2017

William “Bill” Joseph Wernimont

     William “Bill” Joseph Wernimont, age 81, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his son’s home on the Wernimont family farm near Monticello.

     Visitation will be held at the St. Luke Catholic Church, Hopkinton, on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 4-7 p.m., beginning with the Parish Vigil Service. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

     Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the St. Luke Catholic Church, Hopkinton. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello. Fr. Paul Baldwin will officiate. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello has been entrusted with Bill’s services. 

     William Wernimont was born on March 29, 1936, in Delaware County, Iowa. He was the son of Gilbert and Doris (Eggiman) Wernimont. Bill attended Buck Creek schools until the 8th grade, when he left school to take over the farm operation following his father’s back injury. Bill married Ella Mae DeShaw on July 12, 1955, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Hopkinton. They retired from active farming in 2000 and moved to Hopkinton.

     Surviving are two children: Brenda Wernimont, Cedar Rapids, Patrick Wernimont and his special friend, LuAnne Schneider, Monticello; his son-in-law, Dennis Freiburger, Delhi; four grandchildren: Chevy (Maria) Freiburger, Angie (Jay) Britt, Heather Freiburger, and Chantal Petesch; five great-grandchildren: Alex, Aspen, Valentina, Ryleigh and Jacey; a sister, Lora Gudenkauf, a brother Gary (Patsy) Wernimont; and in-laws, Betty McIntosh, Sharon Meyer, Juanita Lake, Diane (Dale) Potter, Robert DeShaw, Steve (Lyda) DeShaw, Lee (Gale) DeShaw, Gary (Deb) DeShaw, Larry (Connie) DeShaw, Earl (Joann) DeShaw, Luella DeShaw, Donna Rae DeShaw.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ella, a daughter, Cindy Freiburger, an infant son, Charles, and also by in-laws: Duane and Carrie (Besler) DeShaw, Virginia “Jen” DeShaw, David Gudenkauf, Duane DeShaw, Jr., Francis DeShaw, Roger DeShaw, Jacqueline DeShaw, Bernadine DeShaw, Roger McIntosh, and Paul Lake. 

     Bill loved life on the farm. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling and taking a drive with Ella and the kids around the countryside on a Sunday afternoon. Bill and Ella also enjoyed going square dancing. Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs Fan. 

     Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.             


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