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Audrey Stetzel

May 11, 1939 December 25, 2019
Audrey Stetzel
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Audrey Stetzel was born on May 11, 1939 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Edward & Katherine (Paullina) Lynapp and celebrated her entrance to her heavenly home on December 25, 2019. She grew up in Jersey City and graduated from Henry Snyder High School in January of 1957. She met the love of her life, a young man from Iowa serving in the Coast Guard, at the local skating rink. She married William Stetzel on May 4, 1957 in Jersey City. They spent the first few years of their married life residing in New Jersey, but the farm life called them back to Iowa in 1963. Although she was far from her roots, Audrey accepted and embraced the role of “farm wife!” She even grew to love and call Iowa her home!
It was on the farm that Bill & Audrey raised their children, Karen, Lori, Douglas & Keith. She learned how to garden and preserve its bounty from her Iowa family and even became quite an expert at butchering chickens for her family to enjoy throughout the year!
Her family was her greatest joy! She and Bill never missed their kids’ sporting events or school activities. They spent many hours warming the bleachers at football, basketball, wrestling and track events. When the grandchildren came along, they not only cheered for the Guthrie Center Tigers but also became avid Perry Bluejay fans! She was also a loyal New York Dodgers and Iowa State Cyclones fan.
Audrey was an accomplished seamstress and made many of Karen and Lori’s clothes growing up. As her grandchildren graduated from high school she made keepsake tee-shirt quilts for them. When each grandchild and great-grandchild arrived, she welcomed them with a knitted or crocheted blanket. Working with her hands, especially quilting, was certainly a passion, and she even entered a few of the dozens she made at the Guthrie County Fair.
Throughout her lifetime she enjoyed working as a secretary at Audubon Wholesale Vet Supply, Beverly Wild Law Office, and the Guthrie County Assessor. However, she didn’t spend all of her time working, she did find time to enjoy golfing, bowling, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. Along with two other women in the Northbranch community, she helped to start the Northbranch Nightengales 4-H club and served many years as a leader. She was an active member of Bowman Chapel United Methodist Church for more than 50 years serving as a church organist for many years, the Financial Secretary, and as their representative to the Guthrie Center Association of Churches. For several years, she spent many Wednesday afternoons quilting with her friends at the church. She loved her church family and rarely missed a Sunday until she became a resident of the New Homestead. Audrey was also a proud member of the Team Wichita Relay for Life and helped them raise thousands of dollars to fight cancer!
Preceding her in death were her husband, William in 2006, her parents Edward & Katherine Lynapp, brother Edward Lynapp, sister Arlene Murawski, brother-in-law, Joseph Murawski, and her Iowa family brothers & sisters-in-law, Don & Jean Stetzel, Dallas & Kathleen Stetzel, Dale & Maxine Stetzel, Delbert & Wavah Stetzel, Kenneth & Shirley Siedelmann, daughter-in-law, Tawny Stetzel, and nephews Joseph & Thomas Murawski, Dennis & Richard Stetzel, James Siedelmann, and great-niece Paige Stetzel.
Those who are left to remember her fondly are her children, Karen (Scott) Benton, Lori (Steve) Meinecke, Douglas (Martha) Stetzel, Keith (Debbie Bertelson) Stetzel, grandchildren, Brody (Michelle) Benton, Bethany (Nicholas) McCool, Tate (Laura) Stetzel, Sam Stetzel, Abby (Alan) Juhl, Wil Stetzel, Clay (Wilma) Stetzel, Seth Stetzel, Cole Stetzel, Julia Stetzel, Cory (Michelle) Meinecke, and Casey (Stephanie) Meinecke. Her great-grandchildren Ethan, Norah, Levi & Jace Benton, Casen, Crayton, & Coy McCool, Nash Stetzel, Ian & Alli Weirs, Brayden, Mason, Easton & Capri Meinecke as well as many nieces & nephews, neighbors and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, December 30, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Guthrie Center. Burial services will be held prior at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Guthrie Center. Visitation will be Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 4-6 P.M. at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora.
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4:00 PM 12/29/2019 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 12/29/2019 6:00:00 PM
Twigg Funeral Home - Panora

219 E. Main
Panora, IA 50216

Twigg Funeral Home - Panora
219 E. Main Panora 50216 IA
United States

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10:30 AM 12/30/2019 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/30/2019 11:00:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

405 Prairie St
Guthrie Center, IA 50115

First United Methodist Church
405 Prairie St Guthrie Center 50115 IA
United States

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Pleasant Hill Final Resting Place

rural Guthrie Center

rural Guthrie Center
United States

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