Barbara Sletten, 1936-2019

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Barbara Ann Sletten, 83, of Albert Lea died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Southfield Wellness Community in Webster City, Iowa. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells. The Rev. Meg Sander will officiate. Visitation with Barb’s family will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church prior to the service Saturday. Private interment will be at a later date in Chetek, Wisconsin.

Barbara Sletten

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a public library or the Special Olympics. Online condolences may be left at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family.

Barbara was born Jan. 5, 1936, to Albert and Myrtle (Zielsdorf) Wenzel in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The family moved to Wausau, Wisconsin, in 1941, where Barb attended school and graduated in 1954.

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Barb was introduced to her future husband, Merlin, by his sister and her teacher, Julia Sletten. They were married Aug. 13, 1955.

They raised their three sons in Roseville before moving to Wells in 1969. Barb was a committed sports mom who never missed a game.

She was a longtime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She was involved in the League of Women Voters, Special Olympics and The Red Hat Society in her later years. Barb worked as a special education assistant before returning to college in her 40s to obtain her special education teaching license. She taught at Maple River High School in Mapleton until her retirement.

In her retirement she traveled extensively, served on a number of library boards and participated in book clubs. Barb was a lifelong learner, writer and could always recommend great reading material.

Merlin died in 2004. After Merlin’s death, Barb had a close friendship with Tom Wetzell Sr. until his death in 2015.

Barb is survived by her children Alan (Nancy) Sletten of Fergus Falls, Peter (Ann) Sletten of New Prague and Grant (Deb) Sletten of Webster City; and her grandchildren Anna Sletten (Danny McMillan), Andrew Sletten, Sam Sletten, Dan Sletten (Breanna Bisek), Kelly Sletten, Amy (Tony) Taylor, Eric Sletten and Emily Sletten. She was great-grandma to great-grandsons Jake, Ben and Jon Taylor, her pride and joy. She’s also survived by her sister, Karleen Mahoney; sister-in-law, Jackie Wenzel; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Loretta and Ken Wittig; cherished nieces and nephews; and many good friends, including the family of Tom Wetzell Sr.

She preceded in death by her husband, Merlin; friend, Tom Wetzell Sr.; brothers Ray Wenzel and Harold “Butch” (Bernice) Wenzel; brother-in-law, Ross Mahoney; and brother and sister-in-laws Carl (Ruth) Sletten, Carolyn (Lyle) Woodbeck, Julia Sletten, Alfie (Vernon) Whitaker and Ivan (Grace) Sletten.