Beatrice Wieland

NEW ULM – Beatrice Coates Wieland, 76, of New Ulm and formerly of Laurinburg, North Carolina, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. The clergy will be Pastor Wayne A. Laitinen. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soliders Rest Section.

Visitation will be 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guest book go to

Beatrice is survived by her husband, James Wieland Sr. of New Ulm; son and daughter-in-law, James Jr. and Sherry (Erickson) Wieland of Chandler, Arizona; step-grandchildren, Ronn (Shelly) Erickson, Dyana Erickson, all of Gilbert, Arizona; step-great grandchildren, Laurasia Rosso, Veronica Erickson, both of Gilbert, Arizona; sisters, Dorothy (Jack) Pittman of Laurinburg, North Carolina, Euldeen (Ken) Baber of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, Elise (George) Gause of Laurinburg, North Carolina; brother, Richard (Patsy) Coates of Laurinburg, North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lillian (Bill) Stanley; and brothers, Boyd “Pete” (Jean) Coates, Jr. and Franklin Coates.

Beatrice Annette Coates was born on May 28, 1937 in Laurinburg, North Carolina to Boyd and Annie Mae (Woodell) Coates. On November 2, 1956 she was united in marriage to James Wieland in Bennettsville, South Carolina, where James was stationed in the service. After his discharge in 1957, they continued to live in Laurinburg, North Carolina. James and Beatrice moved to New Ulm in 1960. Beatrice then began working at Kraft Foods in 1965 for 32 years. She worked there until her retirement in 1997. She also loved to be a stay at home mom as much as possible. Beatrice loved to read and work with flowers. Beatrice was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm and the American Legion Auxiliary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Center at New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, or to the donors choice.

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