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Erna Mae Wetzel, 81 year old resident of Little Falls died Sunday, October 21 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 26 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls with Father Joseph Herzing officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. and from 9:30-11:00 A.M. on Friday all visitation times will be at the Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls. The burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Little Falls.
Erna Mae Meyer was born on December 22, 1936 in Pierz to the late Michael and Ernestine (Nagel) Meyer. She was united in marriage to George Peter Wetzel in December of 1961 in Little Falls. The couple made their home in Little Falls, where Erna was a devoted homemaker. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a dedicated friend to many. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Lindbergh PTA and St. Mary’s Church. She was asked to be a member of many more as she had a unique talent for making even the most mundane events fun and entertaining. She loved to play bridge. She was incredibly involved in her children’s activities. She baked countless casseroles for potlucks, sewed theatre costumes, and attended every single athletic event in which her kids participated. Her cheers could be heard throughout any gym or over any football field. She was a mother to all. If you ate at her table or were a friend of one of her children, she claimed you as one of her own. Nobody ever went hungry in her home. She was kind and compassionate to all. Her humor and her laughter were gifts to us all. She made an impact on people, without even trying. She cared for her grandchildren in lieu of daycare, never accepting so much as a penny. She performed magic on any crying baby, lulling it to sleep in short order. She was a tremendous cook having made full meals since the second grade. She survived malignant, metastatic melanoma for 39 years and stage four ovarian cancer for 9 years. She battled both like a warrior.
Erna Mae is lovingly remembered by her five children, Denise (Alan) Langworthy, George P. Wetzel, Jr., Michel (Jodi) Wetzel, Sr., Valerie (Anthony) Kula and Antoinette “Toni” Wetzel; and her eight loving grandchildren, Michel Wetzel, Jr., Joseph Kula, Paige Wetzel, Shannon Tracy, Molly Kula, Holly Brown, Elizabeth Kula, and Thomas Kula; siblings, Dennis (Charlene) Meyer, Allen (Cindy) Meyer and James Meyer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Ernestine Meyer; husband, George P. Wetzel, Sr.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Little Falls Flyers Athletic Boosters “FAB”