Hartzel Wesseling, 80, Lime Springs

Hartzel Wesseling, a longtime area farmer, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2010 at Regional Health Services of Howard County, Cresco, Iowa at the age of 80. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lime Springs, Iowa with Rev. Candraeah Carey officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs.

Hartzel Wesseling, oldest son of Henry and Bertha (Judy) Wesseling, was born on December 10, 1930 in Springfield, S.D. He was baptized in Emmanual Reformed Church. He attended rural schools in Bon Homme County, S.D. and Forest City Township of Howard County, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean Conflict.

Hartzel was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lime Springs and also the American Legion.

Like his father and grandfather before him, he farmed all of his adult life, working the family farm north of Lime Springs near the state line. He cared well for the land and it repaid him generously for his nurture, allowing him to retire in comfort. During retirement, he divided his time between his home in Lime Springs and an apartment at Arbor Gardens in Eyota, Minn. to be closer to family.

Thankful for having shared his life are two sisters, Carol (Vern) Baker of Asheville, N.C. and Joanne (Bob) Madsen of Madison Lake, Minn.; 12 nieces and nephews; and 17 great-nieces and nephews.

Hartzel was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Marvin, who died on December 4, 1992.

He will be remembered as a man of great integrity; a very giving spirit willing to share his time, resources and wisdom with friends and neighbors.

Memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church in Lime Springs, The American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

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