Funeral services were held June 19, at St. Joseph Church, Wesley with Bishop Walker Nickless celebrating the Mass and Father Wingert’s nephew, Father Tim Johnson, as the homilist. Burial was in the parish cemetery under the direction of Lentz Funeral Home in Algona.
Gerald R. Wingert, the son of Lawrence and Mary Catherine (Thissen) Wingert, was born Jan. 3, 1922 in Cresco, Iowa. He graduated from Wesley Public High School in 1940. Father Wingert then attended Loras College in Dubuque for two years and continued to Trinity College in Sioux City, finishing his college education at St. Paul (Minn.) Seminary.
On May 31, 1947, Father Wingert was ordained in Sioux City and celebrated his first Mass at St. Joseph Church, Wesley. From there, Father Wingert presided at Remsen, Sheldon, Carroll, Struble, Maurice, Rolfe, Moville, Neptune, Auburn, Schaller, Mallard, Livermore and Auburn, until his retirement on July 1, 1992. Rev. Gerald was a member of the Knights of Columbus Sheldon and St. Joe Council.
Survivors include many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom, fraternal twins Clare and Louis, Michael and Lawrence and sisters, Jean Marie, Darlene, Eileen Johnson, Rita M. Shepard and Sister Mary Catherine Wingert.