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Service Information
United Methodist Church, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, November 5, 2011
2:00 PM

Visitation Information
United Methodist Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, November 4, 2011
4-8 PM

John E. Weldele, age 58, of rural Buffalo passed away on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2011 at The St. Cloud Hospital.

He was born on September 21, 1953 in Buffalo the son of Jerome W. & Lucille Ordorff Weldele.

John graduated from Buffalo High School in 1971. He later attended Jackson Vocational School for two years.

On October 13, 1979, John E. Weldele & Sandra L. Gade were joined in holy marriage in Okabena, Minnesota. God blessed their marriage with two daughters: Lacey & Katie.

John engaged in farming and he also worked for F.H. Schmidt as a foreman for many years until 2008.

He enjoyed family trips with his wife and their two daughters, spear fishing, hunting, playing cards and horseshoes.

John was a member of The United Methodist Church in Buffalo.

Survived by loving wife: Sandy; loving daughters: Lacey Weldele of Roseville & Katie (Bode) Clitherow of Woodbury; a grandson: Boden Clitherow; his mother: Lucille Weldele of Buffalo; sisters: Tonia (Dale) Wagner of Cambridge, Lisa (Craig) Thibodeau of Clearwater, Julie Weldele of Big Lake, Ava Marie (Bruce) Stensby of Buffalo and Jessica (Eric) Handt of Montrose; father-in-law: Lyle Gade of Okabena; a brother-in-law: Michael (Linda) Gade of Darwin; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his father: Jerome W. Weldele, his mother-in-law: Donna Mae (Wolff) Gade and by a niece: Emma Handt.

Funeral services for John Weldele were held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 5th at The United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Pastor Jef Olson officiated. Interment followed at St. Mark’s Cemetery-Pelican Lake.

A visitation was held at the church on Friday, November 4th from 4-8 P.M.

Casket Bearers were Nephews: Jordan Thibodeau, Levi Wagner, Drew Thibodeau, Frank Wagner, Beau Thibodeau, Shennon Thibodeau, Jackson Stensby, Mitchell Handt, Cade Stensby and Tyler Gade.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to

27 Guestbook Entries

  1. Pam Schendel

    Sorry for your loss. John will be missed by many.

  2. Becki Kowalke Rentz

    Our condolences to the Weldele family.

  3. Kevin Gunther

    Sandy and Family, we are very sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Jeannie Putnam

    Sandy – know I am thinking about you during this difficult time. I miss your smiling face at school. Take care of yourself.

  5. Julie Brooks

    Dear Sandy and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss and am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Julie Brooks

  6. Natasha Leach

    Sandy, my heart and prayers are with you and your girls. We miss your smile around the building.

  7. Teresa Corfman

    Sandy and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of John. Even though you know it is coming, I don’t think anyone is ever fully prepared for the reality of them being gone. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  8. Janice Skelly

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God’s blessings on you and your family.

  9. Tom goeb

    Hi! I would like to say how sorry I am to hear about John’s death. Please say hi to Juli and Ava especially. Thanks.

  10. Theresa Spike

    Want you to know that I am thinking of you and the girls. John was a good man and will be missed. He always knew where the fish were and the mushrooms too! My prayers are with you.

  11. Bruce Varner

    Sandy and Family;
    John was a great friend and neighbor. He was always there to help. We all will miss him.

  12. Jeremy & Robin Churchill

    We are really sorry to hear about your loss. We are the children of Dale Churchill. Loss is never easy and our prayers will be with you through these times. May the Lord comfort you and your family.

    Christ is King.

    Jeremy, Robin, Aubrianna, & Gavin

  13. Jessica Handt

    There are no words that express how much I will miss and love my brother. God blessed our family with one brother. I am so thankful he was the one God chose for our brother. I love you Sandy, Lacey and Katie. We will all get through this sad time together. What a wonderful day when we are all reunited again for eternity!

  14. Bonni (Kowalke) Ainsworth

    Sandy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Although I don’t see you often, I remember what a kind, fun and loving family you have. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers to give you strength and peace in the days ahead.

  15. Allison Moser

    Sandy and family–
    I was so saddened to hear about John’s sudden passing. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I will make sure Janeen knows, too. She and Katie spent quite a bit of time together years ago.
    May your years together, raising the girls and spending precious moments together, bring you some comfort in the days ahead.

  16. Terry Peterson

    Dear Sandy and Family,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. John was such a nice man and will be greatly missed.
    Russ and Terry Peterson and family

  17. Suzette Habisch

    Sandy and Family ~
    I am sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Katie (weese)Hurley

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you family.

  19. Becky(Hines)/Rick Elsenpeter

    To John’s family; John and I survived country school and high school together. I remember him on the bus taking his front tooth out and trying to freak people out! Ha. What a guy! I am sure he was a terrific Dad, husband, and brother–and he was a good friend as we were growing up. I am shocked to hear of his death. I saw him in his truck last week, I thought going towards home as I was going to work. May you lean on God to give you comfort at this most difficult time. Our thoughts are with you. I will always remember his smile and kind words. I just heard about John’s passing tonight and am still in shock. Take care.

  20. Roger Pattee

    I went to Buffalo High with John. I extend my condolences to his family for his loss.

  21. Janice Marschel

    May God hold you gently, comfort you softly and give you peace during the following weeks and months as you walk this difficult path of your life.

  22. Kim Koehnen

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May it comfort you to know that your co-workers at BCMS are here for you!

  23. Cynthia Hebron Clark

    Dear Ones – My heart goes out to you and I wish I could pick up a tiny piece of your grief for you. I know you will be comforted by your great faith.

  24. Judy Sandeen

    My heart goes out to you all as you deal with your tremendous loss. May you find strength in God’s promise of eternal life and comfort from those around you in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

  25. Jan (Kramer) Pride

    I was reading the Buffalo paper on-line, I live in the state of Virginia now, and saw that John passed away. I am shocked! I didn’t know and I am so sorry! He was too young! You and your girls are in my prayers!
    With Love & Prayers,
    Jan Pride

  26. Philip Knese

    Sandy, Katie, and Lacy;
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. John was a wonderful person. I enjoyed the short period of time I was able to get to know him. I pray that God brings your family peace and strength through this difficult time.

  27. Lisa Thibodeau

    You were very loved, dear brother, and even though you are gone you will forever live in my heart. To Sandy, Lacey and Katie, may Heavenly Father comfort you and be with you. You have many memories of John. God gives us memories so we have roses in the December of our lives. I love you very much.


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