In memory of
Yvonne Cherry Wetzel
March 27, 1923 - Feb. 17, 2018 Woodland Longtime resident Yvonne "Bonnie" Cherry Wetzel passed away in Woodland on Feb. 17. Bonnie was born in Quitaque, TX and traveled with her family to California in 1930, where they settled in Sutter County. Bonnie attended Yuba City High School and Yuba Junior College and then matriculated to Chico State, where she received her teaching credential. Bonnie began her career as a primary school teacher in Sutter County. After marrying Verne Wetzel in 1945, the two settled in the Wetzel family home on Road 15, Woodland, and Bonnie taught at Cacheville Elementary for over 30 years before retiring in 1977. Bonnie was an active and devoted member of her community throughout her life. She represented her Beta Sigma Phi sorority both locally and statewide; was Director of Girl Scout Camp Timbertarn in the 1960's, and after she retired from teaching, she pursued her lifelong passion and opened an antique and home decorating shop, La Belle Mere, in downtown Woodland. Her horticulture booths at the Yolo County Fair won first prize ribbons for many years, and she was a longtime member of the Mary's Cemetery and Chapel Support Group, as well as the Priscilla Club social group of Yolo. She proudly displayed her beautiful home during Woodland's Stroll Through History and Dickens in the Valley events. Bonnie died peacefully at her home in Woodland. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Verne. She is survived by her brother, Guy Cherry, and her sister, Marianne Pratt, and their families, son, Richard (Delores) Wetzel; daughter, Debbie (Frank); grandson, Leo (Riley); granddaughter, Sophronia (Jeremy), and great-grandson, Francesco Bruno. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Ella Gimblin, and many nieces and nephews. Her funeral service will be at Mary's Chapel, March 27, at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will follow. Donations can be made in Bonnie's name to Mary's Cemetery and Chapel Support Group or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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