Pamela Wetzell, 1958-2017

Published 1:00 am Friday, May 12, 2017

Pamela Kay Wetzell entered into her eternal home with Jesus on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. A celebration of Pam’s life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crossroads Church in Albert Lea. The Revs. Jeff Phelps and James Petersen will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Crossroads Church in Albert Lea, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Private interment will be at Mansfield Lutheran Cemetery in rural Alden. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, visit

Born on Jan. 14, 1958, to Don and Kathy Scharn in Austin, Pam was the first of three beautiful girls. She was the older sister who Karen and Nancy always looked up to and adored. Pam grew up in a loving and caring family in Minnesota Lake, which gave her the base for many of the gifts she displayed throughout her life.

Pamela Wetzell

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Following graduation from Minnesota Lake High School, Pam attended vocational college in the Twin Cities for interior decorating.

She worked for Nordaas American Homes before starting a 22-year career as national account manager with Taylor Corp. She was blessed to retire in 2008 and shifted her energy to serving her church, strengthening her family, supporting friends and launching her own business, 3D Divine Design.

Pam was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells, where she met her husband, Tom. They formed a Christ-centered bond and were married on Sept. 30, 2000. She attended Crossroads Church in Albert Lea, where she was instrumental in growing the women’s ministry and served on mission trips to Jamaica. Pam was an encourager, building up all those around her. Pam and Tom used their home to host many gatherings and Pam’s spiritual gift for hospitality radiated through numerous graduations, weddings and more. She was truly cherished by the Wetzell and Scharn families and all who knew her as a gift from God.

Pam looked forward to every moment with her parents, sisters and their families. Although they all lived states apart, they took advantage of time they spent together telling stories, laughing and cooking. She poured love into her nieces and nephew in her truly one-of-a-kind way. When Pam became a grandma, her energy and love for her eight grandchildren was truly God’s beauty pouring out of her heart.

Pam’s faith grew stronger throughout her life. Pam’s contagious love for Jesus has made an eternal impact on all who knew her. She exhibited all of the fruits of the spirit in her daily life. The way she loved those around her was a sweet reflection of her heart. Her obedience to the Lord was evident in her amazing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She was a model for all those around her.

Her family said their lives are forever changed because of her.

Those who anxiously await to be reunited with her again in glory include her loving husband of 17 years, Tom, of Cleveland; her parents Don and Kathy Scharn of Watertown, South Dakota; her sister, Nancy, and her husband, Mark Bauer, and their children Hannah and Lexi of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; sister, Karen, and her husband, Mike Thul, and their children Austin and Haley of Portland, Oregon; stepson, Christopher, and his wife, Stephanie Wetzell, and their children Beckett and Jordyn of Medina; stepdaughter, Megan, and her husband, Chad Thorp, and their children Caleb, Reed and Quinn of Victoria; stepson, Benjamin, and his wife, Amanda Wetzell, and their children Eli, Peyton, and Brady of Jordan; brother-in-law, Steve Wetzell, and his wife, Nancy Weidenfeller, of Minnetonka; sister-in-law, Tricia, and her husband, Wayne Christopher, and their children Kyle, Jacob and Cole of Jackson; and brother-in-law, Curt, and his wife, Sharry Olson, of Albert Lea.

Her family finds joy and wonder in the knowledge that Pam is now in the arms of the King of Kings and has joined those she loved in eternity, including her cousin, Darlene Solberg; Tom’s parents Tom Sr. and Jean Wetzell; and Tom’s first wife, Nancy. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.