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Lorraine B. Wetzel

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Wetzel Lorraine B. Wetzel, 94 of Ashland passed away July 5, 2013 at Brethren Care Village. Lorraine was born January 26, 1919 to Corinne and F.F. Becker in Wapakoneta, Ohio. ln her early teens she moved to Columbus. A graduate of Grandview Heights High School, Lorraine earned a B.A. degree and a B. S. degree in Education from The Ohio State University. A member of the honoraries MidMinors and Mirrors, she was inducted into Chi Delta Phi, national literary sorority in her sophomore year and became a contributing writer for The Ohio Stater Magazine. Upon graduation, she taught high school in Chillicothe and Ashland. During World War II, she married Captain Howard Wetzel at Fort Riley, Kansas. After the war they moved to Indianapolis where he attended Indiana Medical School. After graduation he opened a practice in Ashland, Ohio. Lorraine was a free lance writer with stories and articles appearing in national magazines and trade journals. Her best known article appeared in the February 1970 Guideposts entitled "Neil Armstong's boyhood Crisis" written after an interview with the astronaut's mother. The Armstrong story continues to be published annually in the hard back book of Guideposts Treasuries. Lorraine had a long and active interest in community organizations including The Ashbrook Center, the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland University, the Salvation Army, the Samaritan Hospital Foundation, First Presbyterian Church, and United Way. As a Buckeye supporter she attended many football games, traveled to Rose Bowls and made numerous trips to Ann Arbor. Mrs. Wetzel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dr. Howard R. Wetzel, and her brother Robert Becker. She is survived by one daughter, Jane (Michael) Lamb, Salem, Oregon; and two sons, Jonathan (Sandra) Wetzel, Westerville, Ohio and Howard (Corinne) Wetzel, Fairfax" Virginia; one sister in- law, Lois Becker, Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren including, Peter (Stefanie) Lamb, Menlo Park, California, Elizabeth (John) Lamb Voigt, Tacoma, Washington, Susan Wetzel, Springfield, Illinois, Laura Wetzel, Berkeley, California, Charles Wetzel, Japan and Emily Wetzel Fairfax, Virginia; great-grandsons, Andrew Etiran Lamb and Jayden Robert Voigt; and great granddaughters, Elise Ruby Lamb and Madison Ann Voigt; three Becker nephews, Robert Jr., James and Michael and their respective families. Calling hours will on Friday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at DENBOW-PRIMM-KEMERY FUNERAL HOME, 313 Center St., Ashland, Ohio. Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Church St., Ashland.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 23, 2013
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