Elma "Tiny" Wiening died July 17, 2016, in Boise, Idaho. She was 94.
She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 20, 1921, to Hilda (Erikson) and John Minerich. She spent her childhood in Somerset and Paonia helping raise her 11 younger brothers and sisters.
She married William "Bill" Wiening Sept. 23, 1938, in Delta. They lived on a ranch near Paonia.
In addition to raising five children, they fostered many children.
Mrs. Wiening enjoyed camping, fishing, baking and was a cheerleader at sporting events, traveling with the families and watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow.
She made many quilts, sock monkeys and Raggedy Anns. She never forgot a birthday, handcrafting many cards she sent.
She made crafts, baked and volunteered her time to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Paonia, where she had been a member since 1952.
She is survived by her children, Norman (Dixie) Wiening of Tyler, Texas, Chase (Kathy) Wiening of Orchard City, Elli (Russ) Hibbs of Boise, Idaho and Art Wiening of Farmington, N.M.; her brothers, John, Erick, Franklin, Paul, Keith, Bob and Dan Minerich; her sisters, Thera Sanburg and Joan Lemon; 12 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by her husband of 48 years in 1986; a son, Bill; a granddaughter, Christy; a sister, Hilda; and a brother, Jim.
A celebration of life will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the North Fork Ambulance Association.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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