Marian was born in Niles, Michigan to William Bessemer and Minnie (Wilhelmina) Vetter.
She was one of eight children all of whom predeceased her. Marian graduated from Niles High School in 1938 and began working at Simplicity Pattern. During the WWII she worked in Bridgman, Michigan assembling airplane parts. She met her future husband, Norman Paul Wedel on a blind date while he was home on furlough. After the war, Marian returned to Simplicity pattern and on May 15, 1948 she and Norman were married at Niles First Presbyterian Church. Norman and Marian were married for 48 years until his death in 1996. She was a homemaker for many years until returning to work at Howard Community Schools as a Reading Tutor.
Marian enjoyed baking, quilting and scrapbooking. She was an avid reader of books and newspapers. Marian has resided at Brentwood Assisted Living for the past eleven years. She made many new friends during her residency.
Marian is survived by her daughter Cindy S. Wedel and her spouse Sheila M. Sferrella of Nashville, TN; caregiver and “adopted daughter” Scarlet Bachmann of Niles; Special Niece Suzanne (Harry) Miller of Florida; and a host of nieces and nephews in the Michiana area.
The family thanks friends in Niles who have made Marian’s last few years more enjoyable.
Visitation for Marian will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 10am to 11 am in Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home, 615 E. Main St. Niles. A funeral service will begin at 11am in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery.
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