Jeanette R. Wetzel, age 97, of Bayard, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the United Methodist Church in Bayard with Carolyn Schwartz officiating. Organist for the service will be Martha Wolf. Casket bearers will be Jennifer Maskel, Nisa Newgard, Erin Kossow, Julie Wilson, Laura Tesch and Molly Wetzel. Honorary casket bearers will be Matthew Wetzel, Eric Wetzel, Luke Wetzel, Brett Wetzel, Nicholas Wetzel and Paul Wetzel. Burial will be in the Highland Township Cemetery near Bayard.

Visitation will be held at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.  The casket will be moved to the United Methodist Church in Bayard at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday where visitation will resume until 10:15 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorials are suggested to the Bayard United Methodist Church.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com  

Jeanette was born on May 16, 1926, near Bayard. After graduating from high school in 1943, she attended Iowa State Teachers College until certified to teach country school. She taught for two years until her marriage to Albert Wetzel on Sept. 22, 1946. She lived more than 77 years in the same home, raised four children and assisted in farming. Jeanette also lived her entire life within three miles of her birthplace. After retirement, she and Albert traveled, visited children and grandchildren, and continued to be active in the Bayard United Methodist Church, a church she attended all her life. She lived an independent life in her home, which was her desire and for which we are most grateful. Her farm legacy is a part of all of us.

Jeanette is survived by her two sons and their families: Jim Wetzel (Linda) of Olathe, Kansas, and Steve Wetzel (Ly Bibiana) of Bradenton, Florida; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Maurice Nielsen (Marylin) of Mukwonago, Wisconsin; two daughters-in-law, Bonnie Wetzel of Cedar Falls, and Sue Wetzel of Fleming, Florida; a brother, Philip Miller of Waterloo; and other extended family members.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Wetzel; her daughter, Linda Nielsen; her son, David Wetzel; her parents, Clive and Jennie Miller; and a brother, Wayne Miller.