Betty Lou Wieland

Betty Lou (Canter) Wieland went home to heaven on July 24, 2018, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community where she had resided for the past 31 years. 

She was born on a farm in Hartford City, on March 30, 1926, to Edward and Della (Martin) Canter.  The youngest of seven children, she grew up in a house filled with love and remained close to her siblings throughout her life.  She graduated from Hartford City High School and was elected prom queen by her peers during her senior year.

At age 16 she met the man of her dreams, Larry Wieland from Freeport, Michigan.  As their relationship was beginning, so was World War II.  With Larry enlisting as a medic in the United States Army, much of their budding courtship was done through letters.  After his return from the Army they were married on Sept. 15, 1946 and resided in Hastings, Mich. for the next 22 years.

In 1968, with Larry accepting a position at Manchester College (University), they moved to North Manchester.  As a homemaker and loving mother, her faith and her family were always at the center of her life.  She was devoted to serving others and cared for many elderly neighbors and friends, nursing them through illnesses as well as through their end of life care.

After her husband retired they moved to a Timbercrest Senior Living Community.  There she developed her skill as a pool player, becoming a true “pool shark,” beating both men and women on her way to win many trophies over the years.  She also enjoyed playing cards, which she did on a nightly basis with a group of her Timbercrest friends for many years.  She was also known for all of her various arts and crafts projects and was a talented piano and organ player who played only by ear, having never learned to read music.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, Floyd Canter, Rolland Canter, William (Bill) Canter, Dwight Canter and two sisters, Helen (Canter) Banter and Roberta (Bobbie) (Canter) Lefevre.

She is survived by her three children:  Dr. Rex Wieland, North Manchester, Ann (Wieland) Gump and her husband Robert, Monaca, Pa., and Tammy (Wieland) Nelson and her husband Brian, Longwood, Fla.   Also surviving are her nine grandchildren: Kelli Gump Watson (Greg), Heather Wieland Howard (Matt), Shawna Gump Lowman (Jeff), Kyle Wieland (Julia), Heidi Wieland (Jennifer Howard), Lindsey Gump Booth (Tim), Kasha Wieland Shah (Raju), Gunnar Nelson, and Savannah Nelson, and 21 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mrs. Wieland will be in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Senior Living Community on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. with visitation with the family beginning at 2 p.m. For those who wish to honor the memory of Betty L. Wieland, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or the Lawrence & Betty Wieland Scholarship Fund, c/o Manchester University, 604 E. College Av., North Manchester, IN 46962.

Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.

Posted on 2018 Jul 31