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Pearl Marie (Reigle) Wideman

1925 - 2021



Brodhead – Pearl  Marie Wideman, age 96 of Juda, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2021 at the New Glarus Nursing Home.

Pearl was born on January 4, 1925 in Janesville, WI the daughter of William and Estella (Tripke) Reigle.  She graduated from Brodhead High School in 1944.  She went on to earn her teaching degree through Green County Normal School. Over the years while raising a family and teaching full time, she worked towards and earned her Bachelor’s Degree.

She began her teaching career in Jordan Prairie country school in rural in Brodhead, WI in the 1945-1946 term.  She later taught at Jordan Prairie again, then the Decatur Country school and the Decatur consolidated.  Pearl retired from Brodhead Elementary Schools in June 1989.  After her retirement she became a member of the Green County Retired Educators until recent years.

Pearl was also a 50 year member of the Green County Homemakers, having been a member of Oakley Homemakers, Richland Homemakers and Juda Mid Century Homemakers Clubs.

For a time she also served as a 4 H Club project leader.

Among her favorite things to do were baking, working in her flower gardens, or attending family gatherings for birthdays, holidays and family reunions and traveling.  She and her husband had traveled to Hawaii, several European countries, the Caribbean as well as several of our western states.

She always had a supply of her homemade cookies on hand, which earned her the name of “Cookie Grandma” which was given to her by her great grandchildren.

Surviving Pearl are two of her sisters, Dorothy (Jay) Feldt of Evansville, WI and Clarice (Mike) Elvekrog of Stoughton, WI; a daughter, Patsy (Lyle) Thorp of Reedsburg, WI; a son, Jeffrey (Dee Indergand) Wideman; three grandchildren, Pamela (James) Frazier of Reedsburg, WI, Shawn (Nhu) Thorp of Stoughton, WI and Blane (Mo) Thorp of Reedsburg, WI; six great grandchildren, Josey and Jaymee Frazier, Devin Thorp, Brittany Meinert, Caitlyn and Treyvor Thorp, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Pearl was preceded in death by her husband John on July 26, 2014, her parents, William (Bill Sr.) and Estella Reigle, three brothers, Gerald (Marilyn), Bill Jr. (Lorraine) and Bob (Mary) as well as three sisters, Eleanora (Raymond) Pinnow, Joyce (Edwin) Frederick and Evalyn (Richard) Hale.

Private family services will be held at the DL Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead.  Burial will conclude at the Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead.

Memorials may be made to Green County Hospice or Nine Angels Scholarship Fund for Juda Schools.




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Walt Bauman

April 22, 2021 10:13 AM

My sincere sympathy to you Patsy and Jeff for the loss of your mom.  No matter what the age we always miss them.  Take care and God bless.

Lora Gilbertson Buss

April 19, 2021 1:21 PM

Mrs. Wideman was a wonderful teacher and had a heart of gold.  She will be dearly missed. Prayers to her friends and family, Lora

Rexe Ann Olin

April 18, 2021 2:27 PM

My mother ( Esther Wells Roenneburg) were cousins on the Reigle side of the family.  I remember fondly all the. Cousin Reunions at the park in Brodhead. Sympathy to the family in your loss. 

Laura hopkins

April 18, 2021 1:10 PM

Mrs. Wideman was my fourth grade teacher. She was so nice and very respected. That was one of the best years in school. She truly cared about all of us and was very knowledgeable about different teaching strategies to reach all learners. Definitely one of my favorite teachers! Rest in peace, Mrs. Wideman. Sending prayers for her family and friends.

Carl and Susan zweifel

April 18, 2021 11:25 AM

We are very sorry for your mother’s passing.
She will forever remain in your hearts.
Carl and Susan Zweifel

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