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Funeral Services: Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault
  Friday, August 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Visitation: The Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault
  Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Viola C. Wetzel, age 91, of Faribault, died on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at her home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2012 at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault with the Reverend Dennis Tamke, officiating. Interment will be held at the Sakatah Cemetery, Waterville.

Visitation will be held in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 3 to 8 p.m. and also in the church for one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Viola Clarice, the daughter of Hans C. and Valborg M. (Larsen) Hansen was born on February 2, 1921 in Duluth. She attended Garden City High School. She married Marvin D. Wetzel on September 18, 1937 in Algona, IA and he preceded her in death on December 7, 1995. They farmed in the Kilkenny/Waterville area for many years. Viola provided foster care to children and adults. She was known for her seamstress and ceramics skills and also for knitting hats for newborn babies born at District One Hospital.

She is survived by seven children, Donald (and Arlene) Wetzel of Waterville, Bonita (and Ken) Bongers of Faribault, Suzanne (and David) Degen of Faribault, Curtis Wetzel of Waterville, Rebecca (and Gail) Chase of Salt Lake City, UT, Bradley (and Sandy) Wetzel of Northfield and Gregory (and Kate) Wetzel of St. Louis Park; 24 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; four siblings, Raymond (and Kate) Hansen of Waterville, Hartley Hansen of Mankato, Doris Labs of Waterville and Betty (and Fred) Schall of Waseca; nieces; nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jerold (in military service) and Neil Wetzel; two grandchildren, Steven Bongers and Jillian Wetzel; two siblings, Curtis Hansen and Donna Sorenson.

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Name: Sherry Patterson
Email: Sherryp1224@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday June 25, 2013


Viola was a wonderful foster mother to me. She taught me everything from table manners to baking bread. I called her Mom. And to me that is what she always will be. I know that she is smiling down on me from heaven and that someday I will see her again. Thank-you Mom for all that you taught me and the love that you gave me.

Name: Ann Madden
Email: joyofliving49@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday August 30, 2012


My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. I groomed Vi's dog for many years and I had many many interesting and insightful conversations with her. She was always upbeat and realistic. She was one of my favorite customers and will be sorely missed. She had such a great sense of humor and common sense. It was a honor to have known her. So sorry--Ann Madden

Name: Karie & Emir Zaklan
Email: kariezaklan@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday August 28, 2012


Please accept our most sincere condolences for the loss of your mother.

Name: Tennille
Date: Tuesday August 28, 2012


Becky, you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers.. Much love.

Name: Austin Singleton
Date: Monday August 27, 2012


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. My condolences for your loss.

Name: Sherolyn Stone
Email: sherolyn@truhearing.com
Date: Monday August 27, 2012


My prayers go out to Becky and her beautiful Mother and family. Viola is now moving on to the Best Journey of her life. She lived a long life and has been blessed with wonderful children, family and friends.

Name: Brian and Mary Harty
Date: Monday August 27, 2012


Vi was one of the sweetest, sharpest, strongest women I knew. She had a HUGE heart of gold, and I'm so glad I have many memories with her. Christmas Eve for many years she spent with our family, and the most recent, fondest memory with her on our pontoon ride. She had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed my dreamsicles and just being with the family. We will miss you Vi, but we're also so glad you're finally back with Marvin, the love of your life!

Name: Roxy Schrader
Date: Sunday August 26, 2012


What a sweet, sweet woman who I will miss terribly! Thank you Becky, for sharing your Mom with me - I've got so many beautiful memories from her Utah visits that will last forever :) Rest in Peace Sweet Vi - your wholesome spirit and your family values will live on for generations! I love you Mom!