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Obituary for Joseph "Joe" Widhelm

Joseph A. “Joe” Widhelm 88 of Fremont, Nebraska passed away Monday, December 12, 2022 at the Saunders Medical Center Memory Care. He was born March 19, 1934 in Howell, NE to John Julius and Catherine Marie (Wegener) Widhelm.

Joe lived at Howells until moving to North Bend in 1944, and lived and farmed at Valley, Nebraska from 1951 until 2003 when he retired from farming. In 2003 they moved to Fremont. Joe married Helen (Hobza) June 16, 1956 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cedar Bluffs, NE. He served in the US Army from August 8, 1956 to August 8, 1958. After retiring he raised sweetcorn and donated it to many friends and organizations.

Joe was a former member at St. John’s Catholic Church in Valley and was on the church council for 3 years. He was on the Douglas County School Board District #23 for 9 years and was a 71 plus year member of Knights of Columbus #3736 of North Bend. Current member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont and was a longtime Red Cross blood donor at North Bend.

Survived by his wife Helen of Fremont; sons, John J. (Kim) Widhelm and Jeffrey T. (Connie) Widhelm all of Valley, NE; daughters, Barbara S. (Ted) Moser of Norwalk, IA and Joyce A. (Steve) Hoppes of Fremont; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 3 step great-grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Theodore, Raymond, Alois, Robert, Herman and Ralph; sisters, Dorothy Widhelm, Sister Marie Widhelm, OSF, and Wilma Dunker and great-grandson, Jacob Bray.

Private Family Mass will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. Military Graveside Service & burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend, NE.

Memorials are suggested to St Patrick Catholic Church, Right To Life or Saunders Medical Center Memory Care.

Online condolences may be left at

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave. Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490.