William Joseph Vetter (1960 - 2014)

  • "He was an amazing principal the 4 years my son had him in..."
    - Yoli Cruz
  • "Joe, you made all the difference for me. I will always..."
  • "Deepest sympathy to the Vetter family. Joe, you made a ..."
    - Mary Lou Juergens
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    - Liz Moree
  • "Joe will ge greatly missed, a wonderful guy."
    - Charlotte Rafferty

William Joseph Vetter

July 3, 2014

William Joseph Vetter, 53, of Ft. Myers born on July 28, 1960 died on July 3, 2014 at Hope Hospice after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. He is the son of the late Frank and Frances Vetter. His memory will be cherished by his loving wife of 27 years, Marie Vetter, and sons Hendrik Kouwenhoven and Gerard Kouwenhoven. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Berry, brothers Charles (Laura), Nick (Don), Tony (Kathy), Frank Jr. (Linda), and Richard (Kimberly) and many nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Susan Krusniak.

Joe's legacy is about the lives he touched as teacher and school principal. He served the School District of Lee County for 31 years at all three levels; elementary, middle and high school. He was a product of Lee County schools and was the founding principal of Ida S. Baker High School where he coined the motto, "Success is the Only Option". Joe loved being an educator and left his mark by spreading joy in the lives of children and teachers. Joe retired in April from Treeline Elementary School.

A celebration of "joy" honoring Joe's life will take place at Pelican Preserve in the Osprey Room at the Golf Club on Saturday, July 19 at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Joe Vetter Memorial Fund by visiting www.plumfund.com/pf/JoeVetterMemorial

Those who wish to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time are urged to visit Mr. Vetter's memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign the guestbook.


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Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery
1589 Colonial Boulevard Fort Myers , FL 33907
(239) 936-0555
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Published in The News-Press on July 13, 2014
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