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Mary Kathryn Wenell

Mary Kathryn Wenell

December 10, 2016

Mary Kathryn (Lone) Wenell, age 90, went to be with our Lord Jesus on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at her daughter, Kathy (Stuart) Wenell-Nesbit’s home on Lake Wissota, Wisconsin, while surrounded by family.  She died of complications from a broken hip and was surrounded by loving family throughout her nine weeks of hospitalizations and rehab efforts.  Mary was born June 13, 1926 in Council Bluffs, IA, where she lived until her family moved to Des Moines, IA when she was 10. She was the daughter of Harry and Lula (Wakefield) Lone.

Mary graduated from East High School in Des Moines, IA, where she was a very active member of her class, including being class treasurer throughout high school. She took great pride in being an East High graduate, and attended her yearly class reunions and class monthly lunches throughout her adult life, with her last attendance being her 70th class reunion in 2015. 

After high school, Mary worked at the Iowa State House for the Board of Education Examiners.  It was then that she met the love of her life, Arnold Wenell, who was attending business school in Des Moines. They were married on Feb. 8, 1947 and returned to Arnold’s family’s home place in Albert City, IA, and began farming the following year on a farm southwest of Laurens, IA. They farmed for 29 years before moving to their home in Laurens in 1976. After enjoying her years as a stay-at-home mom, Mary began working at Fowser’s Jewelry Store in 1972 and eventually bought the business in 1975, renaming the store “The Jewelry ‘N Gift Shoppe.”  She owned and managed the business until 1988, when she retired to enjoy more time with Arnold, as well as her children and grandchildren. 

Mary loved the Lord and was involved in the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City, IA, where she was a member throughout her adult life.  She and Arnold enjoyed many of the church activities together, with one of their highlights being a Covenant Church trip to Europe. She also enjoyed being involved in Cursillo as well as being a member of the Friendly Friday Club.  After moving to WI to live with her daughter and son-in-law in 2011, she attended Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church in Eau Claire the past five years.   

Mary and Arnold enjoyed traveling, including trips to Europe, Canada, Mexico, and almost all of the states.  After Arnold passed, Mary continued to enjoy traveling, taking her family to both the Cayman Islands and Hawaii.  She enjoyed many trips with family, including a two-week Florida trip that she had just returned from when she broke her hip.  She wintered in Hawaii the last several years with family and had looked forward to another winter in HI this year with 24 family members joining her. 

Mary had a spunk and sense of humor that made her loved by all. Her laughter and smile were contagious, and even the nurses, CNA’s, and doctors constantly commented on her beautiful, sweet smile.  While she loved so many people in her life, she loved her family above all.  She treasured her three children, but even more, she treasured her eight grandchildren (and spouses) and her sixteen great-grandchildren more than anything in her life. She made every attempt to attend their activities, play games with them, read to them, talk to them, and give them lots of hugs and kisses.  They adored her and she adored them! And they all loved each other “MORE”. LUM (Love you more) was her signature phrase and she really meant it!

Survivors include her son Doug (Sue) Wenell of Laurens, IA, daughter-in-law Cindy Wenell of Independence, MN, daughter Kathy (Stuart) Wenell-Nesbit of Lake Wissota, WI.  She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and spouses and 16 great-grandchildren, Darci (Kevin), Maggie and Michael Maas of Adair, IA; Heidi (Brent), Brayton, Halle, Boston, and Hilton Foster of Lake Sarah, MN; Jeff Wenell of Dakota Dunes, SD; Jennifer (Jason), Jaden, Lexi, and Chase Billman of Ham Lake, MN; Chad (Tiff), Brody, and Braxton Wenell of Lawton, IA; Jason (Shanelle), JaeDon, and Georgia Wenell of Broomfield, CO: Nicki (Ben), Jake, and Izzy Peterson of Grantsburg, WI; and Matt (Bethany) and Summer Wenell of Minneapolis, MN.  Mary is also survived by her brother Bud (Wanda) Lone of West Des Moines, IA,  her sister Helen (Dave) Sigmund of Des Moines, IA, her sister-in-law Lorene Lone, of Naples, FL, her sister-in-law Karen Wenell of Indianola, IA and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold in 1997, her son Don in 2005, as well as her brother Bill Lone and infant brother Louie. 

Memorial gifts will be given to her churches and to Hospice.

There will be services in both Eau Claire, WI and in Laurens, IA. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire. Pastor Paul Larson in Eau Claire and Pastor Kirk Militzer in Laurens will officiate. A viewing will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral service. Visitation with friends and family will take place at 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home. Burial will take place in the Laurens Cemetery in Laurens, Iowa following the funeral services on Monday, December 19, 2016 in Iowa.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation

A viewing will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral service. Visitation with friends and family will take place at 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home.

Service

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire. Pastor Paul Larson and Pastor Kirk Militzer will officiate.