Barbara J. Wieskus

On July 2, 2012

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

10 Guestbook Entries for “Barbara J. Wieskus”

  • I was sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. You have my sympathy on you loose.

  • Sue,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. She was a courageous woman and an inspiration to all who knew her.
    Sue Downing

  • My cousin Barb was someone who always brought laughter to the family gatherings. She will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to Dean, Susan , Sara and their families.

  • Barb was a woman of strength and compassion. She brought happiness wherever she went. Her laugh was infectious and her eyes, simply mesmerizing.

    The world has lost a very special person, and will never be able to fill the void that has been left behind. Be strong, and do her spirit the honor of carrying on her legacy of undiminished joy and passion.

  • Dean an family Sorry to hear of Barb’s passing, you have my sympathy, take care. Evelyn {Dick Wempe sister}

  • God’s blessings to the Wieskus family as you mourn the loss of Barb. She was an amazing woman. She had a passion for racing that no one could ever duplicate. Past and present racers and their families were lucky to have known her. I always looked forward to seeing Barb at Jackson many years ago. My deepest sympathy to you.

  • So sorry to hear about barb’s passing away. I will miss a former classmate and friend.

  • Dean and family,
    So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She was great to work with at the tracks and fun to visit with. She had a wealth of racing info in her head. If you had a question about racing she was the go to person. I live in Sioux Falls now and I saw her in a store out here one day and we had a nice visit. Memories keep them close and you all have a lot of those to share,
    God bless you at this sad time.

  • So sorry to hear of Barb passing away. We will miss
    her dearly she always kept us up on all the
    news. S’he also helped me run my computor.
    We have many good memories
    We bless all of you in this sad time.

  • So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing away.
    We will dearly miss hear.Oour sympathy goes ouat
    to the family.She always kept up on all the racing
    Bob & joyce carmichael

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