Ermily Wetzstein, 91
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Ermily Lois (Kaiser) Wetzstein, 91, of Waseca died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville.
Born at home on Edgewood Farm in Vivian Township, Waseca County, on Sept. 24, 1917, she was the daughter of Henry and Malwe “Melvia” (Weckwerth) Kaiser. She attended Waseca County School No. 47 and graduated from Wells High School in 1936. She attended Naeve Hospital Nursing School graduating in 1942 as a registered nurse. She began practicing nursing at Waseca Memorial Hospital and later Copley Hospital in Aurora, Ill., Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore., Wesley Gardens Nursing Home in Des Moines, Wash., Ballard-Swedish Hospital in Seattle and Kings Garden Nursing Home in Shoreline, Wash.
She met and married Lester Wetzstein in 1944 at the Salem Evangelical Church in Waseca. They were married 47 years of which they shared 44 years in the pastorate and Christian ministry. They pastored EUB churches in oceanside Beaver, Ore., Amboy, Wash., on the south slope of Mt. St. Helens, Collins View in south Portland, Ore., and Burian in south Seattle.
They enjoyed vacations in Hawaii and cross country travel to annual association meetings held around the country, often routing through Minnesota and Iowa to visit family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching ice skating, gymnastics and swimming on television. She also enjoyed reading her Bible and daily devotional time.
She was a member of the Maple Leaf Evangelical Church in Seattle and Naeve Hospital Nurse Alumni Association.
She is survived by one daughter, Diane Maier-Yates of Kauai, Hawaii; one son, David Wetzstein of Waseca; three grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; one niece; and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Barbara; two sisters: Ethel and Dorothy Kaiser; two brothers: Waldemer and Donald Kaiser; and one sister-in-law, Carmie Kaiser.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Kinder-Dennis Home for Funerals in Waseca. Visitation will be held on Wednesday one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Dunbar Memorial Cemetery in rural Faribault County.
Memorials are preferred to Naeve Hospital Nurse Scholarship Fund in memory of Ermily.