THOMAS EDWARD WIEBLER
Tom Wiebler, age 55, of Faribault, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church at Immaculate Conception, Faribault, on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Thomas Edward, the son of Richard and Doris (Volrath) Wiebler, was born on June 5, 1953 in Davenport, IA. He graduated from Assumption High School, Davenport, IA in 1971 and from Mankato State University in 1975. He married Shannon Shields on June 24, 1978 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Faribault. Tom began working at Beltz Co. under Bob Bjork and later with Fred of Robinson Business Forms, who was instrumental in helping Tom start his own business, Wiebler Business Forms which he owned and operated for over 25 years. Tom was a member of the Elks Club of Faribault, he helped start the fundraising for the Faribault Ice Arena, was a member and former board member of Faribault Country Club, was a youth baseball coach and a basketball coach for Bethlehem Academy.
He is survived by his wife, Shannon; two sons, Troy Thomas (and fiancée, Sarah Grabanski) Wiebler and Taylor Thomas Wiebler, both of Minneapolis; his mother, Doris Wiebler of Davenport; two brothers, Rich (and Peggy) Wiebler and Gary (and Marcia) Wiebler, all of Davenport; four sisters, Mary Ann (and Dan) Ewen of Davenport, Cyndee (and Stan) Boudreau of Davenport, Katie (and Rick) Hines of Apple Valley and Liz (and Marc) Nover of Owasso, MI; a sister in law, Janet Wiebler of Davenport; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard, and one brother, Matthew James Wiebler.
A special thank you to Tom’s doctor, Dr. Kris Drevlow and his oncologist, Dr. P.J. Flynn and nurses, Caroline and Julianna.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to “Get Your Rear In Gear” a Cancer Awareness Walk. Please note “Wiebler’s Walkers” on the memo line.
TO SHANNON, TROY AND TAYLOR...MY PRAYERS, THOUGHTS AND HOPES...GREAT HOPES,EXCITING HOPES [CONGRATS, TROY-BOY!]. I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF TOM AS ONE OF THE COOLEST GUYS TO JOIN THE SHIELDS CLAN, [ I REMEMBER THE MOTOR HOME TAKING UP FOUR PARKING SPACES IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL FARIBAULT ON THAT AUGUST DAY IN '78].BUT HIS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT [OUTSIDE OF MARRYING MY GORGEOUS COUSIN] WAS GIVING US TWO YOUNG MEN WHO WE SHIELDS'S AND HALF SHIELDS'S [LIKE MYSELF]TAKE MAJOR PRIDE IN.BOYS, I DON'T NEED TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR POP PROBABLY THOUGHT OF YOU GUYS MORE AS BROTHERS, SOMETIMES, THAN SONS...BUT THEN, HE ALWAYS TREATED ME BETTER THAN A COUSIN..SO NO SURPRISE THERE.KEEP UP HIS INFECTIOUS SPIRIT, GUYS...HE WOULD EXPECT NOTHING LESS OF YOU. AND SHANNON...ANYTHING YOU EVER NEED-JUST ASK. THINKING GOOD FOR YOU ALL, COUSIN[AND SECOND COUSIN] JERRY SHIELDS ANDERSEN
Shannon and boys, our deepest sympathy to your family. The Wiebler's are not only long time friends but feel like family as well. Tom will be missed by all.
Tom was one of those you always knew was in the room. He and Walatka made a great "Frick and Frack" team during our days at Assumption. Farewell, old friend. And condolences to the entire family and the many people he touched.
Tom Wiebler is among the finest men I have ever known, or ever will know. With his quick wit, charm, intelligence and infectious smile, he brought people together. He made us all see good in each other. He made friends out of people who might not otherwise be friends. He took his love and devotion to his family and expressed it to all of us, making us all feel like a family member that he would do anything for. He was, and is, the best of friends. We could all do well to emulate Tom Wiebler. He will be deeply missed by all of us who loved him dearly. He will be fondly remembered until we meet again. God bless the entire Wiebler family.
Tom is at the source of a particularly good memory: That being the time he got on stage in Fort Madison (late in the evening following a Wiebler-family reunion in the mid or late 80's)and out-performed the local band with his comedy routine; he was into it, and the crowd (many of whom were named Wiebler or otherwise associated) was well entertained. Coming back from break, the band was uncertain what to do upon seeing that Tom had taken over in their absence. The leader (Chas) of the band (the Channel Cats) had to literally pull the microphone out of Tom's hands to get him off the stage. Tom had a talent. May he rest in peace. Best wishes to Tom's family; and to Aunt Doris and the Davenport clan.
To Shannon and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most diffucult time. May god help you heal your pain and guide your spirit to rekindle the memories of Tom. If there is anything you need, remember that we are all here for you. It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again. With Loving Memories Terra Favro & Family
Dear Wiebler family- I only met Tom a few times, but will always remember him as a kind and wonderful man. I feel that when you are close to one Wiebler you are close to all of you, and while I don't get to see many of you very often, you all always hold a very special place in my heart. With love and sympathy, Tami (Toal) Stankoven & family
Shannon & family. Know that our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time of loss. Tom will be greatly missed. I can guaranty that he will be the winner of Dam Days Raffle tickets in heaven too!!! Hopefully, knowing that Tom is now pain free will ease your own pain thru your grieving.
Dear Shannon, Troy, and Taylor, We are deeply saddened by the news of Tom's passing. We always enjoyed Tom's and your company during our brief time on Roberds Lake, with you as our neighbors. We will keep Tom and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Dan and Michelle Beck Prescott, Arizona
Shannon and all the Wieblers Geri and I wish to extend to you and all our deepest condolences on the loss of Tom.Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Tim and Geri Dugan
When I was a child, Tom and I attended Saturday catechism class together in Davenport. This was the era of the old church .....priests were often feared, and the nuns always were! It was a hugh class and one day Tom and I were seated close together and he was talking to me during a presentation by a priest. Always more of a risk taker than me, I was half listening to him and half listening to the priest. We were in the back of the class with a blackboard next to our heads. I vaguely recall the drone of the priest's lecture having stopped. Moments later a stiok of chalk exploded on the blackboard inches from our heads. Needless to say we were very attentive the rest of that day! Tom and I were born just weeks apart in the same year. He,I, and David Mangels have a special blood affinity for having been born in the same six week period. I have nothing but found memories of him and the Volrath/Wieblers in general. Good bless the entire family, you remain in my prayers, and try to remember all the great stories of Tom!
Dear Shannon, I am so very sorry for your loss. Tom was such a gregarious, vibrant person whose passing happened way too early. Please know that you have my prayers. I can tell you right now that with more time, your heart will mend and you will get stronger and again feel joy. Then blessings will come as you hold in your heart the time you two were together. My Sympathies to you and your sons. Jane Richert
Dear Shannon & Family,I am very sorry about your lose.Tommy was a great man with a great sense of humor,he was liked by everyone that met him.Tommy will be sadly missed by many people yet hopefully the good memories of him will give you some peace at this time.You are in our prayers God bless you all. Patti Hazen
Shannon, Troy and Taylor What do I say. I'm so, so sorry. Tom is another huge loss in our lives. I know what an impact this is to everyone and I pray that the Lord gives you peace and comforts you in each passing day. It's a long journey and I'm just a phone call away Shannon. I wish I could be there in person for you. Love, Theresa Jantzi
Shannon, Troy and Taylor, I am so sorry for your loss. Memories: the Iowa hunting trips, bringing the boys over on Saturday mornings while visiting with Scott, their wallpaper job on my kitchen, the Ely 4th of July adventure, and especially his smile and friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with you. All my Love, Debbie
Shannon, Troy and Taylor, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.