March 30, 2022

LaVerne Leona Wiesemann, 95, of Staunton, Ill., died peacefully at Heritage Health in Staunton on March 21, 2022. She was born in Edwardsville on July 14, 1926, the second daughter of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Dannenberg) Fischer. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Worden. She married Ottmar “Casey” Wiesemann on June 6, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton and he preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1983.

She worked at local nursing homes in Maryville and Edwardsville. She also worked as a cook at Trinity Lutheran School in Worden and was a school bus driver and cook for the Worden School District. She also served as village treasurer in Worden, and was caretaker at Williamson Funeral Home in Worden for many years. She loved to dance, play bingo and cards, be the cook for family outings, work in the garden – canning her garden vegetables and making homemade wine. She was an avid wrestling fan and would never miss a St. Louis Cardinals game or an Illinois Men’s basketball game.

She is survived by her four children, Shirley (Stan) Hollaway, Kenneth (Chris) Wiesemann, Linda Painter, Danny (Karen) Wiesemann; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Adelia Hosto and Clara (Art) Thimsen; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Florian and Lloyd Fischer; sister, Viola Fey-Vesper; daughter-in-law, Diana Wiesemann; and son-in-law, Darrell Painter.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, March 30, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. Family and friends should show support for her teams by dressing casual in Cardinals or Illinois attire. Funeral services will begin at 12 noon with LaVerne’s great-granddaughters, Devin Painter and Emily Taylor, officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials are suggested to Heritage Health Activity Fund. Condolences may be left online at http://www.williamsonfh.com.

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