Donna Mae Wetzel
Donna Mae Wetzel, 93, recently of Bridlebrook in Mahomet, finished her life journey surrounded by family on Nov. 18 at Carle Hospital, Urbana. She was born Oct. 4, 1921 in Galesburg, IL, the third child of Bertram and Gertrude (Nelson) Linrothe.
During her nurses training at Rush Presbyterian in Chicago, she met Erwin Wetzel, whom she married in 1944 in Clinton, IA. Most of the 51 years of their married life were spent in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, where they raised their three children. He predeceased her in 1996; three years later she moved to Champaign to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Roberta) of Pensacola, Candice (Jim) Dady of Normal IL, and Roger (Kristin) of Champaign, and grandchildren Dawn (David) Ingle, Jordy (Oana) Wetzel, Leslie Dady (Michael Parent), Rebecca Witherspoon, Kate (Kyle) Kamp, Greg Wetzel and David Wetzel. She also leaves five great-granddaughters: Emelie and Caroline Ingle, Shaye, Maya, and Layne Witherspoon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two siblings.
Donna was a proud retiree of Pepperidge Farm, and a lifelong, loyal sports enthusiast wherever she lived, whether the Chicago Bears or the Fighting Illini, but in particular Galesburg basketball.
She became active in many Champaign senior groups, including NARFE, CU Park districts, and her Swedish ladies' group. Many of her friends have fond memories of the warm hospitality she extended to them.
Donna was most happy surrounded by her family, supporting their many interests and talents, baking for them, serving meals around a large table, and engaging everyone in games of cards or scrabble. She was always ready for the excitement of a party, and readily joined in the laughter she created with her endearing sense of humor.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at Bridlebrook, Mahomet from 2–4 p.m. Burial will be in her beloved Galesburg.
Donations in her name may be made to one of her favorites: the American Diabetes Association, CU Ballet, the High School of Saint Thomas More, or any of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
Dear Wetzel Family,
It has been the sweetest thing having Donna in our lives, just a few houses down Monterey Ave. She had a pleasant and positive attitude and always wrote the nicest letters. The last we saw of her was at Diane's wedding in Oak Brook as she was accompanied by Candice, and we're so blessed to have her attend even though it was such a drive. We reminisce about our neighborly get-togethers with just the girls; Donna had the greatest hospitality. We remember her wonderful home cooking as she had our family over for dinner one random evening...just because. We remember how she always took the time out to make us feel special and loved. She was and still is a treasure to have in our lives. Lito, Zeny ,and daughters Donna & Diane will miss her very much.
Our deepest sympathy to the family.