In loving memory of

Floydene Esther Wiig-Johnston-Mathiesen
July 10, 1932 - July 13, 2019

Floydene Esther Wiig-Johnston-Mathiesen, 87 of South Sioux City, NE passed away on July 13, 2019 at a Sioux City hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, July 19, 2019 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City, NE. Burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield, NE. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00-8:00 P.M., brief service at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the funeral home.

Floydene (Dee) was the oldest of five children born to Floyd and Ruth Wiig. She married Willard Johnston in 1951. They were blessed with five children while living on the family farm near Allen, Nebraska. In 1970 she married James Melvin Mathiesen who also had five children.

Floydene taught for 37 years in the Siouxland area while traveling back-and-forth to her home in Lincoln, where she and her husband retired in 1994. Floydene received one of the highest nationally recognized honors in education, 1974 Nebraska Elementary Teacher of the Year.

She was a talented pianist. She organized musical productions. She was a spelling bee queen, a master Sudoku puzzle solver, and crossword puzzle wizard! She loved music, Nebraska women's basketball and football. She loved her Family and her Lord. We all miss her more than words can express.

Survivors include her children, Crystal Sparks and her children John and Joy Sparks; Bill (Terri) Johnston and children, Jason, Justin, Jeremy, and Joshua (Shannyn) Johnston, Jason (Jenny) Walding, Jerod Walding, and Jenny (Brian) Anderson; Tim (Debbie) Johnston and children, Chad (Lori) Johnston, Rochelle (Jeremy) Reavis, and Angela (Jason) Meyer; and Kelli Rae Theiss; step-children, Donna (Jerry) Schroeder, Barbara (Jerry) Baumgart, April (Steve) Rahn, and Steve (Michelle) Mathiesen; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Paul (Jan) Wiig and June (George) Kourpias.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Ruth Wiig; her husbands, Willard Johnston and James Melvin Mathiesen; a son, Bradley Johnston; stepson, James Mathiesen; and brothers Harold (Janet) Wiig and Duane Wiig.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for designations to be made at a later time.


Maureen McCaw wrote on Aug 10, 2019:

"We all loved Aunt Floydene here in Maryland. Our condolences to her family. May she Rest in Peace ????. "

Denise Reed Turner wrote on Jul 19, 2019:

"Mrs. Mathiesen was my sixth grade teacher at Dakota City Elementary and she was the best! I think of her often and with fond memories. I am so sorry for your loss."

Luci Ferrin wrote on Jul 18, 2019:

"My BEST FRIEND! I love you and I miss you so much! So glad that you are no longer in pain! See you again someday!!!"

Chad Johnston wrote on Jul 18, 2019:

"I love and miss you Grandma and I hope you remember what we talked about the day before you went to see the Lord. You're home now, but we all have a piece of our heart missing here on earth. XO We'll all be together again soon :) "

Bryan C Hamilton wrote on Jul 16, 2019:

"5th grade Social Studies Teacher. Latin American expert! I loved her class. She really took a genuine interest me. I have great memories of her! My prayers to her family. What great memories I am blessed with!"

Truman & Darlene Fahrenholz wrote on Jul 15, 2019:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this sweet, kind and wonderful lady. Rest in peace Floydene - you shall forever be remembered. "