Doris L. Wessel

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Doris Lorene (Hansen) Wessel, 90, passed away Aug. 4, 2015.

Visitation was Monday, Aug. 10, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Edgewood, and one hour before the services at the church on Tuesday.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Colesburg United Methodist Church in Colesburg, conducted by Pastor Joan Thomas.

Interment was at Zion Cemetery, Colesburg.

Doris was born Nov. 19, 1924, on a farm near Delmar, the daughter of George P. and Adah Martin Hansen.

Doris was raised and educated in the Delmar area, graduating from Elwood High School in 1941. She continued her education at the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, earning an Elementary Teacher’s Certificate in 1943. She was a junior high teacher in Colesburg for three years before her marriage to Virgil Wessel on Aug. 14, 1946. To this union, six children were born. After taking several years off to raise her family, Doris returned to teaching and continued her education, graduating from Upper Iowa University in Fayette in 1970 with degrees in Teaching and Psychology. Doris taught fifth and sixth grades at Ed-Co Elementary for 24 years before retiring in 1990.

Doris was a member of the Colesburg United Methodist Church and was active in many of their programs. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, having served as president, treasurer and in other offices. She was a Life member of the Past Matrons of Minnehaha Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and was secretary for the chapter for 30 years. Doris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had a tremendous love for her family and for her students, and was dedicated to their well-being. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and doing sewing and baking for her family and friends. She was the backbone of many of her family’s activities, and spent many years supporting her husband Virgil’s numerous farming and civic activities, attending her children and grand-children’s ball games, music concerts, and livestock meetings and shows. Even in her final days her main concern was to “not mess up her family’s activities at the upcoming Clayton County Fair” – always concerned for others.

Doris is survived by her six children, Vivian (Randy) Lincicum of Mason City, George (Pam) Wessel of Hudson, Walt (Judy) Wessel, living on the Wessel Heritage Farm at Colesburg, Marilyn (Doug) Lenth of Postville, Brian (Kathy) Wessel of Colesburg, and Teresa (Kevin) Franks of Madison, Ala.; 15 grandchildren, Adam, Amy and Carrie Lincicum; Jeff and Mike Wessel; Brent and Jason Wessel; Shawn, Wes, Chris and Matt Larson; Jacob Wessel; Jeremy, Anna and Bennett Wenger; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, George Hansen and John (Bill) Hansen of Wyoming, Iowa; sister Mary Walters of Monmouth, and many nieces and nephews. 

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil in 2000; four sisters, Maxine Bartels, Charlene Hohn, Ellen Wilcox, and Georganne Hansen; and two brothers, Rex Hansen and Dale Hansen. 

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