Jean Bensinger Wetzel

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Jean Bensinger Wetzel, 96, of Blue Bell, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Dec. 1.

Jean was born and raised in Ashland, where she attended the local high school. She graduated from Elmira College, Columbia University and the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing as an R.N.

She married the love of her life, Lewis Arthur Wetzel, on May 26, 1946. They moved to Pittsburgh, while Lewis attended and graduated from Carnegie Tech. Jean and Lewis eventually settled in Doylestown, and lived there from 1963 to 2001 before relocating to Blue Bell. They were members of Doylestown Presbyterian Church for many years.

Jean loved to play the piano and enjoyed cooking for friends and family. She also volunteered as a wedding coordinator at Doylestown Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lewis A. Wetzel, in 2002; her parents, James Paul Bensinger and Eva Lauer Bensinger; and her brother, James Lauer Bensinger; sister-in-law, Patricia Unsworth Bensinger.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Paula (J. Andrew) Schmid, Danville; and son, Perry (Deborah) Wetzel, Telford; grandchildren, Kristofer (Kerah) Wetzel, Stefan (Yvon'ya) Schmid, Kyle (Frances) Schmid, Jamie (Jared) Walck and Nicole (Benjamin) Walmsley; great-grandchildren, Chase, Elijah and Myles. Additionally, she is survived by her nieces and nephew, Jane Bensinger, Ann (Samuel) Douglass, James (Patricia) Bensinger, Patricia (Glen) Kocher and Sarah (Robert) Greco; and her great-niece and -nephews, James, Jessica and Matthew.

Final arrangements are being handled by Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, 901 Centre St., Ashland, PA 17921. Interment at Christ Church Cemetery, Fountain Springs, at a later date. Memorial service arrangements to be determined. Visit

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Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 6, 2018