Mary Wetzel

Mary Wetzel

TUSCOLA – Mary Wetzel, 87, of rural Tuscola passed away at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 2, 2013) at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Tuscola United Methodist Church, 901 N. Prairie St., Tuscola. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola. Burial will be in Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola.

Mary was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Ina, the daughter of Harry and Vivian Keller Taylor. She married Harold Wetzel on Dec. 24, 1944, in Tuscola. He preceded her in death on May 5, 2007.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue E. Gavin of Seattle, Wash.; son, Steve H. Wetzel and wife, Beverly, of Tuscola; brother, Gale Taylor of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Rebecca (David) Harap of Chicago and Bradly Wetzel of Nashville, Ill.; great-granddaughter, Rachel Harap of Chicago; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles Taylor of Tuscola; and sister, Doris Horn of Tuscola.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorials be made to the Tuscola United Methodist Church, 901 N. Prairie St., Tuscola, IL 61953; Tuscola Community Foundation, P.O. Box 252, Tuscola, IL 61953; or Carle Hospice, 206A West Anthony Drive, Champaign, IL 61822.

Mary was a homemaker and helped Harold farm. In the early 1960s she began working outside the home, first at the Tuscola Coop Grain Company as an accounting secretary and then at the Tuscola Public Library, where she was the head librarian until her retirement.

She was a member of the Tuscola United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years. Mary was a lifelong member of the Galton Ladies Club and a member of the Tuscola Woman's Club. She was a member of the first board of directors of the Tuscola Community Foundation.

Mary enjoyed spending winters in Florida and Houston, and she loved being with her children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

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