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Lydia Emilie Wiederrich
August 7, 1929 - November 6, 2017

Place of Birth: Fort Morgan, Colorado
Residence: Billings, Montana (formerly of Sidney, MT)
Age: 88

Lydia was born on August 7, 1929 to parents John “Pete” and Lydia (Zailer) Cook in Fort Morgan, CO. When she was a year old her dad purchased a farm in Dore, ND where she grew up and graduated from 8th grade in a little school house. Then she moved to Fairview and attended Fairview High School. She met the love of her life, Alvin Wiederrich, at the Triangle Nite Club where she was celebrating the rehearsal of her older sister’s wedding. Lydia saw a handsome young man with black curly hair dancing all the time. She hoped he would ask her to dance and he did. They were married two years later. They continued to go to Saturday night dances throughout their years together. When their children where grown they joined a square dancing club. They traveled to many square dancing conventions. They also enjoyed the round dances and she soon became the round dance instructor at square dances. She also taught line dancing; both state and international.
Lydia and Alvin enjoyed traveling. They went to Europe in 1988 (their son was stationed there in the Air Force). They traveled a great deal while there.
Lydia always loved children and when the grandkids came along they took them on many outings in the camper. She loved these times very much and had a great deal of fun. Then the great grandkids came and brought so much happiness to both Lydia and Alvin. They did so many fun things together. She loved every minute she got to spend with her family. Grandma always had to cook because they didn’t want to go out and eat!
Lydia was a member of the Moose Lodge, she enjoyed walking to McDonalds for an hour of talking and laughter with her friends in her later years; she met with a group of square dancers every Saturday morning for breakfast, she was part of a birthday group, and a guys and gals square dancing club. Lydia and Alvin where long time members of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, MT. She taught Sunday school there when her children were young.
Lydia died on November 6, 2017 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, MT.
Lydia is survived by son, Alvin “Butch”(Crystal) Wiederrich, of Fairview Heights, IL; grandson’s Casey(Tanya) Candee, Fairview, MT and Corey (Joni) Candee, Fairview, MT; seven great grandchildren Kyra, Taryn, Kallie, Carley, Cassidy, Caleb and Camille; two sisters, Ruth Dodson and Ann Pistole; a brother, Samuel Cook; and son-in-law, Garey Candee, Fairview, MT.
Lydia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Alvin Wiederrich; her parents; her daughter, Karen Candee; sisters, Pauline Bieber, Lillian Boehler, Rachel Salas, Esther Cook (infant), Marrian Cayko, and Caroline Cummins; brothers Roy Cook, Ralph Cook, Elmer Cook and George Cook.

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Alvin "Butch" Wiederrich (Fairview Heights, IL)
Nov 9, 2017
Mom's 88th Birthday Celebration
Dear Mom,
Losing Karen in August last year was hard on us all but losing Dad in June this year was especially hard on you. My heart is heavy and happy at the same time. I’m going to miss your quick wit and loving support. In my troubled years you were my personal confidant in matters of the heart; never holding back what you felt I needed to hear. I may not have always heeded your advice; I was too young and felt so much wiser. Now an older man with so much yet to learn, I will miss your candor. As we lay your body to rest next to dad, I will cling to happy thoughts. I will close my eyes and hope to see you and dad and Karen all together again. All of you beaming smiles to brighten my day.
Love,
Butch
Sharon Smelser (Sidney, MT)
Nov 9, 2017
Having known Lydia and Alvin through our church, Trinity Lutheran, it was a privilege to share the Word of God with both of them. Lydia was faith filled and faithful in her Christianity and between her and Al they shared their talents among the Trinity Church family for so very many years. Lydia was a loving fellow believer whom we miss along with Alvin. God be with the families of these dear people. Bill and Sharon Smelser send their love and God's blessings to her families.
J.E (Atlanta , Georgia )
Nov 10, 2017
My condolences to the Wiederrich family. The kind, warm and wise words Lydia shared during her life time are of great treasure to all who had the opportunity to know her. May the family find peace and comfort as you reflect on her life. May you also look forward to the grand promise of Revelation 21:3, 4.
Violet Tharp
Nov 10, 2017
My condolences to the family. I first met Al when our furnace went out Dec 31, 1977 and he installed a new one at midnight. Would you believe a new one only cost $278! Then Lydia was a loyal shopper at JC Penneys and I waited on her many times. When Al retired they would always come shopping together. I enjoyed watching them dance. They are now dancing together again.
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