Barbara J. Wieskus
BARBARA J. WIESKUS, 67, of Petersburg passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at her home. Funeral service will be on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church in Jackson with Pastor David Brown and Pastor Eugene Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Union Stateline Cemetery – Dickinson County, Iowa.
Visitation will be on Friday, 7-6-2012, from 5 to 8 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home and on Saturday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.
BARBARA JEAN WIESKUS was born on August 9, 1944 in Jackson, Minnesota, the daughter of Homer and Betty (Dilley) Ruskell. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1962. On December 27, 1968, she was united in marriage to Dean Wieskus at the United Methodist Church in Jackson. After marriage, they made their home in Petersburg. She had worked at WESCAP, FCA and Wal-Mart. She had driven truck for Monson Trucking in Lakefield and Holiday Express out of Estherville. She had been the scorer for area race tracks. Barb passed away at her home on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the age of 67 years, 10 months and 22 days.
Barb was a life long member of the United Methodist Church in Jackson, where she had been baptized and confirmed. Barb was an AVID Sprint Car fan for over 43 years. She was affectionately known as the Howard Cosell of Sprint Cars. She would travel all over the United States to watch them from Arizona to Ohio to here in the Midwest, such as Huset’s, Knoxville and Jackson.
For many years she has dealt with a blood disease called HHT. Even though she would have to get weekly to monthly blood transfusions she kept on the go following grandchildren and racing. After being diagnosed in February 2008, Barb became a breast cancer survivor. In May of 2009, she suffered a stroke that took her speech. It also took her ability to walk but she regained that ability. In August of 2009 she suffered another stroke which slowed her from attending many race events. With Dean’s loving care she was able to live at home.
Barb is survived by her husband of 43 years, Dean Wieskus of Petersburg, 2 daughters, Sue (Gabby) Lusk of Jackson and Sara (Troy) Nothdurft of Sioux Falls, SD; 6 grandchildren, Derrik, Cole and A.J. Lusk , Shawn (Peder) Lunde, Allison and Blair Nothdurft; her mother, Betty Ruskell of Jackson; her sister, Kathy Wempe of Terrill, IA and in-laws, Joe (Elaine) Wieskus of Jackson and Marie (John) Seeman of Marshall, MN.
Barb was preceded in death by her father, Homer and in-laws, John and Gladys Wieskus.
Blessed be the memory of Barbara Jean Wieskus