Michael Wetzel

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Michael A. Wetzel

POUGHKEEPSIE - Michael A. Wetzel, 53 of the Town of Poughkeepsie, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Albert and Joan Proscher Wetzel. He was a graduate of Arlington High School, Class of 1977 and attended Dutchess Community College. Mike began his career with NYS DOT for 3 years and then with NYS Thruway Authority as an environmental specialist. He stopped working this past November due to illness after 31 years.

On June 26, 1993 at St. Paul's Church in Pleasant Valley, he married Laura J. Pelton. Mrs. Wetzel survives at home.

Mike joined the Pleasant Valley Fire Co. in 1976 and is a life member. He was Assistant Chief of Dutchess County HazMat Team and Deputy Coordinator for Dutchess County Bureau of Fire.

He was a parishioner of St. Paul's Church in Pleasant Valley and a life member of Red Knights Motorcycle Club, NY Chapter 33 in Millbrook. He was involved with fundraising dinners at Pleasant Valley Fire Co., St. Paul's Church, Pleasant Valley Republican Club and with Motorcyclists Against Cancer. Mike was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and NY Mets fan.

In addition to his wife Laura, Mike is survived by his step son, Scott Lowe and his girlfriend Taylor Byram of Pleasant Valley; his sisters, Julie Beyer and her husband Ken of Hopewell Junction, and Patti Gerety and her husband John of Waretown,NJ; 28 nieces and nephews; 20 grand nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles; and brothers and sisters in law.

Visitation will be Friday, March 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Allen Funeral Home, 1605 Main St., Pleasant Valley. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 11 am from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Route 44 and Traver Rd., Pleasant Valley. Interment will follow in Washington Hollow Cemetery in Pleasant Valley.

Memorial donations may be made in Mike's memory to Pleasant Valley Fire Co. Station 1 or St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

If you would like to sign a guest book or for directions, please visit www.HudsonValleyFuneralHomes.com

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Allen Funeral Home
1605 Main St.
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
845-635-2124
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 20 to Mar. 22, 2013
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