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Barbara A. Wetzel

February 21, 2021

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Barbara Anne Wetzel, 70, of Mowry, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021, surrounded by her family, at her residence.  She passed away peacefully after a long, courageous, 15 year battle with cancer. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, January 11, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Elizabeth Klock Roper.  She was a graduate of the North Schuylkill High School, class of 1969, and was employed in the North Schuylkill High School Cafeteria, most recently as head cook at the Schuylkill Technology Center North Campus Frackville, until her retirement.  After her retirement, her favorite pastime was watching the antics of the grandchildren and cooking for her family.  She was a beloved wife, mother, and Mom Mom.

She was a member of St. John’s “Kimmels” United Church of Christ, Deep Creek Road, Ashland, and she also served as Worthy Matron of the Frackville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Preceding her in death was her brother, Robert J. Roper, passing in 2017.


Husband:  Paul Leon Wetzel, with whom she celebrated 45 years of marriage. 

Daughter:  Kimberly wife of Brian Shepherd, Mowry

Daughter:  Pamela wife of Justin Reitz, Mowry

Son:  Andrew Wetzel and his wife Jillian, Harrisburg

Brother:  Alfred Roper and his wife Elizabeth, Kennebunk, Maine

Sister In Law:  Kay wife of Michael St.Angelo, Leesport, PA

Several Nieces and nephews

Cherished Grandchildren:  Jake, Emily (Precious), Sophia (Sweetheart), Lillian (Smiley), Makinzie (Blue Eyes), and Baby Wetzel expected in May. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service, February, 27th, at 10:30 AM in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland.  Officiating will be Rev. Bonnie Yeager.  A viewing will begin at 9 AM until service.  Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Barry Township.  Memorials may be made to St. John’s Church, 1263 Deep Creek Road, Ashland, PA  17921.  Visit  The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.                   


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