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Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel was born September 8, 1927, in Zap, Mercer Co., ND. He is the son of Harry Elmer Wetzel of Canton, Lincoln Co., SD, and Frances W. Werner of Elmore, Faribault Co., MN.

Lenore Shirley Abbey was born April 29, 1930, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, and died February 26, 2003, at Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen, Mercer Co., ND, at age 72. Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. She is the daughter of Oran Ralph Abbey of Milladore, Wood Co., WI, and Alice Frances Herman of Glen Ullin, Mercer Co., ND.

Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel and Lenore Shirley Abbey were married August 13, 1949, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.

Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel and Lenore Shirley (Abbey) Wetzel had five children:

  1. Kay Donnette Wetzel: Born in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND. Married (1) November 25, 1977, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Arthur William Smith: Born in Unknown. Divorced about 2000 in Unknown. Married (2) December 27, 2003, in Brazoria, TX, to Bryce Bryan Koslan: Born in Harris Co., TX.
  2. Barry David Wetzel: Born in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND. Married September 5, 1981, in or near Unakleet, AK, to Dee Dee Haugen: Born in Unknown.
  3. Kim Donald Wetzel: Born in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND. Married October 30, 1981, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Vicki Lynn Quast: Born in Unknown.
  4. Marsha Dion Wetzel: Born in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND. Married July 7, 1984, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Carey David Johnson: Born in Unknown.
  5. Elizabeth Anne "Beth" Wetzel: Born in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND. Married December 26, 1984, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Jeri Jankowski: Born in Unknown.



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Lenore Shirley (Abbey) Wetzel is buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel was born September 8, 1927, in Zap, Mercer Co., ND.

Lenore Shirley Abbey was born April 29, 1930, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.

The 1930 U.S. Census taken on April 17, 1930, shows Harry Wetzel (age 29) born in South Dakota to Indiana and Illinois-born parents, and first married at age 24, is a Coal Mine Laborer, and who owns his home worth $500 and is living in Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: his wife, Frances Wetzel (age 30) born in Minnesota to Minnesota-born parents, and first married at age 25; his son, Dale A. Wetzel (age 4-6/12) born in North Dakota to South Dakota and Minnesota-born parents; and his son, Donald H. Wetzel (age 2-6/12) born in North Dakota to South Dakota and Minnesota-born parents.

The 1930 U.S. Census taken on April 30, 1930, shows Oran Abbey (age 29) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, and first married at age 25, is a married General Farm Farmer, and who owns his own farm worth $500 and is living in T143, R88, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: his wife, Alice Abbey (age 28) born in North Dakota to German and West Virginia-born parents, and first married at age 24; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 3) born in North Dakota to Wisconsin and North Dakota-born parents; and his daughter, June Abbey (age 1) born in North Dakota to Wisconsin and North Dakota-born parents.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 24, 1940, shows Harry Wetzel (age 38) born in South Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 7 years of School, is a married Steam Engine Runner in a Coal Mine, and who owns his home worth $800 and is living in Zap, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: his wife, Frances Wetzel (age 40) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 2 years of High School; his son, Dale A. Wetzel (age 14) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School; his son, Donald H. Wetzel (age 12) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 6 years of School; his son, Robert D. Wetzel (age 9) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 3 years of School; and his son, James F. Wetzel (age 7) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 1 year of School.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1940, shows Orran Abbey (age 39) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 1 year of College, and who married but has no occupation listed, is renting his home for $15/month, and is living in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: his wife, Alice Abbey (age 38) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of College; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 13) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 7 years of School; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 13) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 7 years of School; his daughter, June Abbey (age 11) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 5 years of School; his daughter, Lenore Abbey (age 10) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 3 years of School; his daughter, Marilyn Abbey (age 9) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of School; his son, Gale Abbey (age 7) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 0 years of School; his daughter, Dona Abbey (age 5) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 0 years of School; his son, James Abbey (age 2) born in North Dakota; his daughter, Colleen Abbey (age 5/12) born in North Dakota; and an unmarried Servant, Roger Endresson (age 21) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of High School, a Common Laborer in a Farming Mine.


Below is a link to the "Beulah, North Dakota Golden '50' Years Anniversary, 1914-1964":

http://www.odessa3.org/collections/towns/link/beulah64.txt


Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel's Zap High School graduation picture, 1945. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel's Merchant Marine picture, 1945. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Lenore Shirley Abbey's Beulah High School graduation picture, about 1949. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel and Lenore Shirley Abbey were married August 13, 1949, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.


   

Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel and Lenore Shirley Abbey were married August 13, 1949, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel and Lenore Shirley (Abbey) Wetzel, 1950. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Alice (Herman) Abbey, Kay Wetzel, Charles Herman, Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel, and Barry Wetzel, October, 1953. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Kay Wetzel was in the North Dakota State University Marching Band in 1970. Photos courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Kay Wetzel was in the Kappa Delta Sorority at North Dakota State University in 1972. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Kay Wetzel was in the Guidon Military Service Sorority at North Dakota State University in 1972. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Abbey brothers & sisters at their mother's, Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey, funeral, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, April 1, 1982.


Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel and Lenore Shirley (Abbey) Wetzel, 1997. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Wetzel family picnic in the park, summer, 2001. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel celebrated his 85th birthday on September 8, 2012. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Lenore Shirley (Abbey) Wetzel died February 26, 2003, at Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen, Mercer Co., ND, at age 72. Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, February 28, 2003

Lenore Wetzel

BEULAH -- Lenore Wetzel, 72, Beulah, died Feb. 26, 2003, at a Hazen medical center, following a long illness. Services will be held at 10 a.m. MST Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Beulah, with the Rev. Charles Zins officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. MST today at Seibel Funeral Home, Beulah. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. MST today at the church. On Feb. 26, 2003, Lenore Shirley Abbey Wetzel entered into the glorious presence of the Lord. After a five-year battle with lung cancer, she is now healed from all disease. Throughout her life, Lenore was devoted to God, attending St. Joseph Catholic Church. Her life mirrored the woman of Proverbs 31:10-31. She was resourceful, hard working and of strong character. She was an ideal wife and mother. Lenore was born April 29, 1930, in Beulah to Oran Ralph Abbey and Alice Francis Herman Abbey. She was the third oldest of nine children, and spent her youth on a farm south of Beulah. On Aug. 13, 1949, she married Harry Donald Wetzel, of Zap, in Beulah. She remained in Beulah all of her life, raising five children, Kay Wetzel Smith, Barry Wetzel, Kim Wetzel, Marsha Wetzel Johnson and Beth Wetzel Jankowski. For several years she also helped raise three of her grandchildren, Tyson Jankowski and Sarah and Josh Smith. Most of Lenore's time was spent taking care of her household and raising her family. When she found the time, she used her God-given talents to enrich her home and families' lives by sewing, knitting, painting, ceramics and stitched the most intricate cross stitch patterns. She enjoyed bowling, participating in a league for many years. Later in life, when family time allowed, she began golfing and also joined the golf league. She was a good cook and spent many of her days feeding family and relatives. After meals, everyone enjoyed playing cards. She was very fun-loving and brought joy and laughter to those around her. Lenore loved playing practical jokes on her family and others she loved. She was known as "Whistler" by many in the community, because she was always cheerful and whistling. As a result, her mother, Alice Abbey was then called "Whistler's mother." She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Donald; her three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kay Smith, Lake Jackson, Texas, Marsha and Carey Johnson, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Beth and Jeri Jankowski, Beulah; two sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Dee Dee, Beulah, and Kim and Vicki, Bismarck; 14 grandchildren, Josh and Sarah Smith, Lake Jackson, Briana, Ciara, Trevor and Amber Johnson, Scottsdale, Tyson and Haley Jankowski, Beulah, Michael, Cory and Erin Wetzel, Beulah, and Cole, Oran and Kara Wetzel, Bismarck; four sisters, June Dolce, Liberty Lake, Wash., Lois Land, Sidney, Mont., Marilyn Gustafson, Stanton, and Colleen Flemmer, Stevensville, Mont.; and three brothers, Gale Abbey, Glendive, Mont., Jim Abbey, Glendale, Ariz., and Alan Abbey, Beulah. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; and one sister, Donna Abbey Stasel. The family is so thankful to all of those who helped them during the last months of Lenore's illness. They would like to especially thank Inez Sommer, Marilyn Gustafson, the Sakakawea Hospice workers and Judy Erickson. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please send memorials to Sakakawea Hospice at 510 Eighth Ave. N.E., Hazen, N.D. 58545.

"For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you."


Lenore Wetzel, 72, of Beulah, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen, following a long illness. Services were Saturday, March 1, 2003, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Beulah, with Fr. Charles Zins, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Lenore was born April 29,1930, in Beulah to Oran Ralph Abbey and Alice Francis Herman Abbey. She was the third oldest of nine children and spent her youth on a farm south of Beulah. On August 13,1949, she married Harry Donald Wetzel of Zap, in Beulah. She remained in Beulah all of her life. Most of Lenore's time was spent taking care of her household and raising her family. When she found the time, she used her God given talents to enrich her home and families' lives by sewing, knitting, painting, ceramics and stitched the most intricate cross stitch patterns. She enjoyed bowling, participating in a league for many years. Later in life when family time allowed, she began golfing and also joined the golf league. She was a good cook and spent many of her days feeding family and relatives. She is survived by Donald, her husband of 53 years; her three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kay Smith, Lake Jackson, Texas, Marsha and Carey Johnson, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Beth and Jeri Jankowski, Beulah; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Barry and Dee Dee, Beulah, and Kim and Vicki, Bismarck; her 14 grandchildren, Josh and Sarah Smith, Lake Jackson, Texas, Briana, Clara, Trevor and Amber Johnson Scottsdale, Ariz., Tyson and Haley Jankowski, Beulah, Michael, Cory and Erin Wetzel, Beulah and Cole, Oran and Kara Wetzel, Bismarck; four sisters, June Dolce, Liberty Lake, Wash., Lois Lang, Sidney, Mont., Marilyn Gustafson, Stanton, and Colleen Flemmer, Stevensville, Mont.; and three brothers, Gale Abbey, Glendive, Mont., Jim Abbey, Glendale, Ariz., and Alan Abbey, Beulah. Lenore was preceded in death by her mother and father, and one sister, Donna Abbey Stasel. Arrangements conducted by Seibel Funeral Homes, Beulah and Hazen.


Robert Duane Wetzel died December 8, 2012, in Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ, at age 81.


The Yuma Sun, Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ, December 15, 2012

Robert Duane Wetzel

Robert Duane Wetzel passed on peacefully on December 8, 2012. He was born on June 16, 1930. Robert served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. Following his service in the Navy, he moved back to his home state of North Dakota. He worked in the Power Plant industry for his entire career beginning in North Dakota, later moving to Louisiana, then to Kansas, finally to Utah from whence he retired. He had many passions in his life. In his younger years, he enjoyed pheasant hunting and fishing. After moving to Utah, he became a rock hound and enjoyed digging for fossils. He had a continued zeal for service in the American Legion throughout his life, serving as an honor guard for many veterans' funerals. His father and mother (Harry and Frances Wetzel) and his brother (Dale Wetzel) preceded Robert in passing. His brothers (Donald and James), his three sons (Kyle, Ross, and Bradley Wetzel), and three grandchildren (Francine, Kevin, and Tyler) survive him. Service will be held for Robert on Tuesday, December 19, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Gila Mountain Methodist Church located at 12716 N. Frontage Rd. Yuma, AZ. A quiet ceremony will be held in the summer of 2013 in Beulah ND to bring his remains to where his parents are buried. Memorials may be given to the Disabled American Veterans or to the Gila Mountain Methodist Church of Yuma AZ.