NameJoseph Leo Heltemes
Birth3 May 1889
Death23 Feb 1970 Age: 80
Birth4 Feb 1898
Death6 May 1990 Age: 92
FatherGregor Wegscheid (1870-1958)
MotherSusana Hansen (1877-1958)
Marriage24 Apr 1917, St. John the Baptist Church in Bluffton, MN
ChildrenLudwina Susan (1918-2006)
 Norbert Mathias (1919-2006)
 Victor Herman (1921-1969)
 Sylvester John (1923-)
 Alvis Roman (1927-2008)
 Gilbert Edmund (1930-)
 Juliana Theresa (1932-)
 Richard Joseph (1937-)
Family Letter Notes for Joseph Leo & Margaret Marie (Family)
Dad and Mom met when Joe was doing carpenter work at the Wegscheid home. They were married on April 24, 1917, at St. John the Baptist Church in Bluffton.

They Farmed in Bluffton Township, north of Bluffton until 1943 when. They moved to a farm 5 miles north of Wadena. When they retired in 1961, they sold the farm to Ves and Cele and moved into Wadena. They resided there until 1965 when they moved back to Bluffton.

Dad continued to do carpenter work along with farming. Mom raised chickens, was a good seamstress and had a large garden. She canned all the produce which wasn’t eaten fresh.

Usually Dad and Mom did their Christmas shopping on December 8, the holy day. Their favorite place to stash the gifts was in a corner or the basement. Most of the family remembers the “year of the find.” When Mom made candy before Christmas, she put it in canning Jars and hid it among the other jars of canned food on the basement shelves. Yes, the kids discovered her secret spot.

A difficult time for both Mom and Dad was when Vie died from cancer in 1969. He was only 48 at the time.

Dad and Moms favorite past-times were card playing, quilting and deer hunting.

Our parents taught us a good work ethic, how to have fun, and especially, a deep love of the Catholic faith.

Joe and Margaret had 9 children, 50 Grandchildren, 102 great-grand-children and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

The family of Joe and Margaret
Last Modified 15 Mar 2008Created 5 Jan 2017 by Brad Wegscheid