Kenai resident Alta Lynn (Walker) Wetzel died at home peacefully with family at her bedside on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 in Kenai. She was 79.
A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Kasilof Community Church in Kasilof. Pastor Paul Kupferschmidt will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will include Brandon Timmerman, Carl Wetzel, Tyson Wetzel, Travis Wetzel, Pvt. Scott Sausedo, Joey Faulkner and Jason Stuart, Ray Carr Sr., Ron Frison, Gene Granath, Bill A. Stuart, Bud Keener and Ray Tinjum. Graveside rites will be conducted at St. Elmo Cemetery, Streetman, Texas, on June 28, 2008.
Mrs. Wetzel was born August 9, 1928 in Streetman to William Davis "Dick" and Margaret "Maggie" (Brown) Walker. She attended Streetman High School, graduating in 1945. She was married to Carl Henry Wetzel on May 28, 1949 in Corsicana, Texas.
"Lynn courageously convinced her family to pick up roots and move to Alaska in 1969. She was active in church, school and community sport organizations with her family and she particularly enjoyed city league, state and national tournament bowling and served many years as league secretary and as past SKWBA President, AWBA State and National Delegate and was a recipient of the Lifetime Hall of Famer award honoring her dedication to the sport for over 40 years. She was a past president of Peninsula Petroleum Wives Club, an Alaska Elections Volunteer and a lifetime member of the Fifth Street Baptist Church, Levelland, Texas and attended Kenai and Soldotna First Baptist churches and Kasilof Community Church. In her later years she acted as Caregiver for her husband Carl.
"Mrs. Wetzel will be lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her," her family said.
Mrs. Wetzel was preceded in death by her husband, Carl H. Wetzel; by her parents; brothers, James W. "Jimbo" and George A. "Andy" Walker; sister, Mary Ann McCann; and granddaughter, Tara Lea Wetzel.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Carla Timmerman-Stuart and husband, Keith, of Kenai, and Cynthia Sausedo and husband, Michael of Virginia Beach, Va.; sons, Speedy Wetzel and wife, Melody of Anchorage and Carroll Wetzel and wife, Grace of Prescott, Ariz; sister, Barbara Hayes of Conchas Dam, N.M.; grandchildren, Stacey Ackerman, Brandon Timmerman, Tyson and Jennifer Wetzel, Travis Wetzel and Jacqueline Smith, Keiki and Brandon Clark, Carl E. Wetzel, Pvt. Scott Sausedo and wife Stephanie; step-grandchildren, Jason and Lorielle Stuart and children; and Joey Faulkner of Alaska; Justin, Travis, Brandon Anderson and their families, and Heather Anderson of Arizona; and great-grandchildren Natasha Maree Ackerman Stuart of Kenai and Sierra, Luke and Dylan Ackerman of San Jose, Calif.
In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts or donations be made to the charity of your choice or to the Kasilof Community Church, 23465 Pollard Loop Rd., Kasilof, AK 99610 or to St. Elmo Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 215, Streetman, TX 75859.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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