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Loretta Wetzel – Corning

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 10:07 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 11:12 a.m. CDT

Loretta Wetzel, 63, of Corning died Dec. 11, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha, Neb., after a lengthy battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 701 Seventh St., Corning. The Rev. Ken Rummer and the Rev. Andrew Bardole will officiate. Interment will be in Prairie Rose Cemetery south of Corning. Open visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Corning Public Library and/or Adams County 4-H Youth and 4-H Committee. Online condolences may be left at

Loretta Sue (Lawrence) Wetzel, daughter of Sybil Lorraine (Proffitt) and Virgil Leo Lawrence, was born Nov. 28, 1950, in Maryville, Mo.

Loretta grew up on a farm south of Bedford, where she attended country school and later graduated from Bedford High School in 1969. She then graduated from The American Institute of Business (AIB) of Des Moines in 1970.

On Sept. 12, 1970, Loretta married Robert Wetzel. They raised their children on a farm south of Corning.

Beginning in 1974, Loretta worked at National Farmers Organization (NFO) for 16 years in Corning. When NFO closed, she took a job at Red Star Mills in 1990, working in the office. For the past 19 years, Loretta was the office manager at Corning Municipal Utilities.

Throughout her youth, she was an active participant of Loyal Legion 4-H Club in Taylor County. Loretta volunteered countless years for Adams County 4-H and Youth Fair Committee.

Loretta is survived by her husband Robert Wetzel of Corning; children and grandchilren, Christina (Charlie) Simmons and Jake, Jared, Chase and Lea of Unionville, Mo.; Jason (Lindsay) Wetzel and Gavin and Griffin of Corning; and Nick (Allie) Wetzel of Clarinda; brother Donald (Jenny) Mozier of Saint Joseph, Mo.; sister Lorraine (Gary) Crecelius of Ankeny, brother-in-law Dwight (Glenda) Wetzel of Bedford, sister-in-law Marcia (Galen) Nickell of Gravity, mother-in-law Dorothy (Hays) Wetzel of Clearfield, formerly of Gravity, and many nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law Cleo Wetzel and brother-in-law Ron Wetzel.

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