Edna Wetzel

Edna Wetzel (Iverson) died on July 7, 2007, at Capital Care Lynwood in Edmonton, at the age of almost 85 years. Edna was born in Frontier, Saskatchewan, the ninth of ten children born to Carl Iverson and Christine Rice. The Iverson family moved to central Alberta in the late ‘30s, where Edna met Edwin (Ed) Wetzel. They married in 1942. Clare (Clarice), their first child, was born in 1943, while Ed was in the RCAF. On Ed’s release from the RCAF in 1945, Edna and Ed began farming north of Lacombe. Four more children – Garry, Allan, Kenneth and Nancy – were born to Edna and Ed. In 1962, Edna and her family moved to Red Deer, where Edna continued her hard work of maintaining a home and raising five children. It is this dedication to children and grandchildren that produces our grief in regard to her departure. Once her children were on their own, Edna joined Ed in retirement activities, like part-time work with Ed, bowling, golfing, and travelling to see her children, who had spread across the country. Her five children, in turn, extended Edna’s family with eleven grandchildren and, at the time of Edna’s death, five great grand-children. Ed’s death in 2001 gave Edna a really tough time for a few years, but she bounced back from this loss. In addition to her children, grand children and great-grandchildren, Edna is also survived by three sisters: Myrtle Taylor of Olds, Anna Thomas of Abbotsford, and Fern Hayward of Bellingham, Washington. In her last year on this earth Edna moved to Edmonton. Her health gradually declined, causing her to spend a long period in the hospital, then drastically worsened in late May. At Edna’s request, there will be no public funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Deer and District SPCA (P.O. Box 931, Red Deer, AB, T4N 5H3) or the Canadian Diabetes Association.