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Elaine Mildred Wiese, 77, formerly of Ankeny put her trust in the Lord August 29 and due to complications from surgery she went to be with God her Savior and Family.
A visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 24, at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, also at the funeral home.
Elaine was born May 31, 1941 to Ruth Roinstad and Russell Tweed in Marshalltown, Iowa. She died August 29, 2018 in McAllen Medical Center, McAllen, TX.
She is survived by her husband Wade, her three children, Nathan Poole (Shelly), Ben Poole (Sherry) and Melissa Poole (Todd Schram), a bonus daughter, Karen Tibben (Scott) and bonus son John Wiese.
Elaine grew up on the family farm on Highway 330 with her siblings: Marlys Rodgers, Vernon (Sonja) Tweed, Loren Tweed, Earl (Beth) Tweed, Edward Tweed (deceased), Marilyn (Don) Speas, Arlo Tweed, six grandsons, two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her brother Edward, she was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant son.
Early on, Elaine attended the LaMoille country school and graduated from Marshalltown High School. Her various occupations were in keeping with her fondness for people and socializing. Her “work” included: sales hostess at Younkers, running her own clothing and jewelry business, Amera nail and health care consultant, licensed manicurist, and manager at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. She also had fun making and selling crafts in Texas. Elaine was a Toastmasters speaker for many years, earning her Competent Communicator Certificate. She believed in continually working to improve herself.
During retirement, Elaine and Wade wintered in Texas and eventually bought a home in Mission. They spent 20 summers on Sun Valley Lake near Ellston, IA before they moved to Texas full time. Elaine traveled to all of the United States except Alaska, but she was most proud of her two trips to Norway, one with Wade and the other by herself. Elaine had a zest for life, a wonderful sense of humor and a positive spirit in spite of battling chronic health problems for years. She was the recipient of a kidney transplant and became an advocate for organ donation. She had many surgeries, and chronic dialysis three days a week for years after her donated kidney failed. Her strong spirit endured and she never wanted to give up. She was the love of Wade’s life, and he will miss her terribly, as will her family and friends.
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