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Elaine Wetzel

Elaine J. Wetzel, age 68, of Spicer, died Friday morning, Janaury 26, at her home.

A visitation for Elaine will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

Elaine June Wetzel was born on April 11, 1949, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Aaron and June (Fischer) Schafer. She grew up and received her education in the Danube community. On September 1, 1967, Elaine was united in marriage to Kenneth Emil Wetzel. They lived in rural Danube and later moved to Long Lake near Spicer. Elaine was employed for over 25 years at Jennie-O Foods as a line worker.

Elaine was very fussy about her hair, nails and clothes. She always made sure her kids clothes were always clean. She enjoyed flowers, dogs and horses, Her hobbies included camping, riding horse, going on wagon train rides with a team of horses and helping Ken in the Harness Shop with assorted jobs.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth; four children, Larry Wetzel (and Karen Disrud) of Glenwood, Lisa Jensen (and Mark Nemitz) of Redwood Falls, Jason Wetzel of Buhl and Tony Wetzel (and Michelle Joslin) of Spicer and four grandchildren, Stephanie (and Dillon) Thooft, Justin Jensen, Nick Wetzel (and Meghan Abner) and Mitchell Wetzel. Also surviving are two sisters, Jenny (and Terry) Sorenson of Lakeville and Mary (and Steve) Strey of Bird Island; two brothers, Frank (and Candy) Schafer of River Falls, WI., and John (and Deb) Schafer of Litchfield; and one brother-in-law, Curt (and Lisa) Huls of Hutchinson, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Calvin Schafer and one sister, LuAnn Huls.

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To Elaine's family, I am so sorry to hear of this. Elaine was one of a kind and I'm sure will be missed terribly by friends and family. The one thing that I'll always remember about her was her go to phrase "I made this you know" even if she hadn't :-) RIP Elaine

Cindy S (Lobe) - January 30 at 01:20 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Elaine was a wonderful lady. Have great memories of growing up with her. She had a special smile & laugh. Terry & Linda Marguth

linda marguth - January 28 at 11:44 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Elaine was a wonderful neighbor and friend who always welcomed our family with a spot at her table and a continuous smile. We are blessed with so many great memories. Riding horse, spending time at her kitchen table, taking in her genuine laugh and especially the July 4th fireworks complete with tons of food. She always gave you her full attention when spending time with her. She will be terribly missed. -Michelle Ridl

Michelle - January 26 at 06:30 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Joan G. purchased a sympathy card for the family of Elaine June Wetzel.

Joan G. - January 26 at 09:20 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thoughts & prayers to Elaine's family.Duane & Mary Grund

Duane & Mary Grund - January 27 at 09:54 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Peace, Prayers & Blessings - Blue and White was purchased for the family of Elaine June Wetzel.

January 27 at 11:08 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To the family of Elaine. So sorry to hear of your loss. It was always a good time in the neighborhood when we got together with Elaine, Jenny, Mary and Lu Ann. Along with Diana and Cindy King and my sister Teren, we were never at a loss for things to do. We even got the guys involved in many evening yard games. Have not seen Elaine in years since she got married. Always enjoyed her laughter and silliness. Blessed be her name. Patty (Minkel) Rechtzigel

Patricia Rechtzigel - January 28 at 12:30 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Healing Tears - All Pink was purchased for the family of Elaine June Wetzel.

January 28 at 07:39 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

The Wanzek Family purchased the Dish Garden with Fresh Cut Flowers for the family of Elaine June Wetzel.

The Wanzek Family - January 29 at 07:57 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Floor Plant for Sympathy was purchased for the family of Elaine June Wetzel.

January 29 at 09:40 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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