Wanda Louise Wetzel, beloved wife, sister, and friend, passed away on November 15, 2023, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was born on December 20, 1929, in Anderson, Indiana, to her loving parents John Rhea Richey and Ruby L. Hoppes Richey.
Wanda was an extraordinary woman who led a fulfilling life as an Insurance Adjuster for an Insurance Company. Her career allowed her to exemplify her determination and influence others through her work. She possessed a remarkable personality that left a lasting impact on everyone she encountered. Known for her generosity and selflessness, she shared her knowledge with unconditional love. Wanda had a talent for canning vegetables and fruits, and she found joy in teaching others how to preserve nature's bounty.
Outside of her professional life, Wanda had a passion for gardening. Her flower gardens radiated beauty and served as a testament to her love for nurturing the earth. Additionally, she cultivated flourishing vegetable gardens that provided sustenance and nourishment for herself and those dear to her heart. Wanda's commitment to serving her community extended beyond horticulture. As a former active member of Brookville Road Community Church, she organized a compassionate group that dedicated their time to creating hundreds of baby blankets for Wishard Memorial Hospital.
Among her proudest accomplishments was serving as the Past President of a local Toastmasters Chapter. Through this role, Wanda honed her leadership skills while inspiring others to find their voice and express themselves confidently.
Wanda was preceded in death by her adoring husband Donald Paul Wetzel. Though their time together was cut short by his passing, their love remains eternally cherished. She was also preceded in death by her caring father John Rhea Richey and beloved mother Ruby L. Hoppes Richey.
Wanda is survived by her loving sister Maryann Perkins and her brother Donald Richey. Their bond will forever endure, serving as a reminder of the strength and support that family brings during difficult times.
Wanda Louise Wetzel will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her touch was gentle yet impactful, her presence genuine and warm. Let us remember her as a beacon of kindness and generosity, always willing to lend a helping hand or share a word of wisdom. As we gather together to celebrate her life, may we find solace in the memories we shared with this remarkable woman. Wanda's legacy will live on through her contributions to her community, her passion for teaching others, and the love she bestowed upon those fortunate enough to have called her family and friend.
Wanda's final wishes were to be cremated and be buried privately next to her beloved husband at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, in Fisher, Indiana. Flanner Buchanan Decatur Township is honored to serve the Wetzel family with their final arrangements. To share a memory, a story or just sign the online guest book, you are invited to go to www.flannerbuchanan.com