Lena Marie Wetter (Lea), nee` McKenzie August 22, 1921 – July 8, 2011
With sadness we announce the passing of Lea Wetter, age 89, at Castor Extendicare after a long illness, bravely borne. “A gracious lady” is how many people have described mom. Growing up on the McKenzie homestead south of Fleet, Mom knew a life of love and laughter, but also hard work, hard times and hand-me downs. She attended Kimberley School and Fleet Rural High School, where she met her future husband Gordon. During high school she pitched for a ladies ball team that went on to provincials. In one game she pitched 27 strikes in a row!
When World War II broke out, Gordon joined the Air Force. He and mom were married on September 20, 1941 and spent the next four years in St. Thomas, Ontario where Gordon was stationed as an instrument instructor training flight crews. On their return to Fleet, they farmed for many years and raised five children. Mom was always busy with kids, cows, geese, chickens and a wonderful garden that kept everybody fed.
In addition to being a super homemaker she found time to teach Sunday school and participate in Fleet UCW, Eastern Star and WI groups. We all took pride in her sewing skills as she could whip up any style we wanted in record time.
Her home was always open to family and friends with a pot of tea or coffee and freshly baked cinnamon buns or pie.
She appreciated all our efforts and was our biggest fan. Mom’s final years spent at the Paintearth Lodge and Castor Extendicare were made more enjoyable by the care and kindness of staff.
Her health was a challenge with chronic pain and deafness, but she refused to quit and remained fairly independent to the end. To sum Mom’s life up would be to reflect on Romans 12: 7-8, “If your gift is serving others, serve them well,”… “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.” Mom was a conscientious woman, aware of others needs and she lived out these gifts daily. She went about serving her Lord by serving and encouraging others.
Lea was predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon in 1974. Left to cherish her memory are her five children, Dale (Judy) Wetter of Victoria, B.C., Wendy (Doug) Dunkle of Castor, Leslie Wetter of Fleet, Chad (Deborah) Wetter of Trail, B.C. and Josie (Eric) Neilson of Fleet.
Grandchildren, Dwayne (Deanna) Dunkle, Angela (Rob) Christensen, Danelle and Marlee Wetter, Colin, Dayna and Lewis Neilson. Her great grandchildren are Jenessa and Darien Dunkle, and Gianna Wetter; sisters in law Ada McKenzie, Lois (Harvey) Ertman and Irene Wetter. Lea was also predeceased by all her siblings, Edna, Alice, Mabel, Janet, Bob, Al, and her brother-in-law Leslie.
A funeral service for the late Lea Wetter was held at Castor Evangelical Missionary Church on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 with Pastor Grant Siksrom and Jim Culham officiating. Wendy Dunkle and Chad Wetter gave a loving tribute in memory of their mom. Deborah and Chad Wetter shared their gift of music singing “How Great Thou Art” accompanied by Nadene Wetter on piano. Congregational hymns were “In The Garden” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” Mrs. Lea Wetter was laid to rest in Castor Municipal Cemetery beside her husband Gordon with Chad Wetter, Eric Neilson, Dwayne Dunkle, Gary Hutchison, John McKenzie and Chris Bysterveld serving as pallbearers. Family and friends joined together following the interment service for a time of fellowship and luncheon prepared and served by the Evangelical Missionary Ladies.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in memory of Lea Wetter to Castor Extendicare or Paintearth Lodge c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium who were entrusted with the care and arrangements, Box 186 Castor, Alberta T0C 0X0.