Obit: Wilma Pearson


Wilma N. Pearson, 90, of Tipton, died on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Cedar Manor Nursing Home surrounded by her family.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton. A luncheon followed. Rev. Daniel Ognoskie officiated.

Burial took place in Inland Cemetery, Bennett.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Brent Chambliss, Mark Chambliss, Jason Daedlow, Thad Belitz, Adam Belitz and Justin Spratt. Honorary bearers were Kim Pelzer, Cady Ketelsen, Amy Lenz, Leslie Belitz and Jenna Gattas.

Memorials may be donated to the Zion Lutheran Church or the Cedar Manor Nursing Home.

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Wilma, daughter of Ernest and Frieda Voss, was born on Feb. 19, 1928 in Nebraska. Wilma married Elmer William Belitz in 1946 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bennett. He preceded her in death in November of 1997. Wilma was united in marriage to Frank Wendell Pearson in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City in November of 1998. Frank died Dec. 17, 2012.

Wilma was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton and served on the Ladies Aid, the Tipton Garden Club, Volunteer Services of Cedar County and the BPW. Wilma worked as the office manager and accountant for the Cedar County Co-op for approximately 30 years.

Wilma is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Allen) Paustian of Tipton; her son, Robert (Eva) Belitz of Wilton; stepdaughter Debbie Spratt of Tiffin; daughter-in-law, Kim Belitz of Wilton; 11 grandchildren: Kim, Mark, Brent, Jason, Amy, Adam, Cady, Thad, Leslie, Justin and Jenna; 25 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Vernon Voss of Bennett.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Elmer and Frank; her daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Dick Chambliss; her son, Joel; her brother, Erwin; and her sister, Norma.