Vivian C. Waechter, 84, of Lincoln, Neb. formerly of Epworth, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at The Waterford At Wilderness Hills in Lincoln, NE, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Friends and relatives of Vivian called from 3-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, where a wake service was held at 4 p.m.

Services for Vivian were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Epworth, with the Rev. Philip Kruse presiding. Concelebrating were Divine Word Seminary Missionaries. Lectors were Hailey Waechter and Karissa Kribko. Petitions were read by the grandchildren. Eucharistic Ministers were Judy Berger and Judy Thurm. Placing of the pall was done by Paula Waechter, Carolyn Waechter, Henry Waechter, Kevin Waechter, Steve Waechter, Douglas Waechter and Karla Walker. Giftbearers were Alyssa Lawver, Karissa Kribko, Dayna Ford and Hailey Waechter. Burial was held in St. Patrick Cemetery in Epworth.

Casketbearers for Vivian were Matthew Weydert, Alyssa Lawver, Brandon Weydert, Dayna Ford, Casey Waechter, Whitney Waechter, Hailey Waechter, Brett Waechter, Karisso Hribko and Nicholas Hribko.

She was born Oct. 17, 1934 in Dubuque, daughter of Frank and Regina (Schueller) Heim. She received her education at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Carl Waechter May 7, 1955 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. From this union seven children were born. He preceded her in death March 29, 2013.

Vivian was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She spent most of her life raising her family which were the happiest days of her life. After raising her children, she worked as a cook at Head Start, a teacher’s assistant at St. Patrick’s Catholic School and a cook at Divine Word College in Epworth.

Vivian enjoyed having family gatherings, making sure everyone was well fed and welcome. In her spare time, she liked to cook for her family, embroider, visit with friends and neighbors and attend church services.

She is survived by her children, Paula Waechter, of Lincoln, Neb., Carolyn Waechter, of Dubuque, Henry (Tami) Waechter, of Grand Island, Neb., Kevin (Geri) Waechter, of Lincoln, Neb., Steven Waechter, of Hartley, Douglas (Jody) Waechter, of Cuba City, Wis., and Karla (Troy) Walker, of Sun Prairie, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Robert Heim, of East Dubuque, Ill., Diane Weis and Danny Heim, both of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; six brothers, Clarence, Kenny, Eddie, Dick, John and Timmy Heim; one sister, Betty Jewett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for Vivian C. Waechter may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society and St. Croix Hospice in Nebraska.

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