Alice Marilyn Wetzel
Alice Marilyn Wetzel, age 84, of Seymour passed away in her home on Friday, November 23, after a multi- year battle with five cancers. Alice was born September 13, 1934, in Paterson, New Jersey, the daughter of Lisette and Charles Witt of Fanwood, New Jersey. She was predeceased by her brother Roger.
Alice graduated from Scotch Plains ( NJ) High School in 1952 and Alfred University ( NY) in 1956 with a BS in Nursing. Following graduation she worked as an emergency room nurse in Long Island, Plainfield NJ, and Stamford CT. She married John Robert Wetzel on August 11, 1962, and raised four children while living in Trumbull CT: son John C. Wetzel of Fairfield CT ( spouse Annette and grandchildren Jack and Melina); daughter Laura O’Neill of Ansonia CT ( spouse Geoffrey and grandchildren Joshua and Taryn); daughter Tracy Kelly of Stratford CT ( spouse John and grandchildren John and Brian); and daughter Lynn Dewey of Monroe CT ( spouse George and grandchildren Tommy and Cash). Alice always considered herself fortunate that her children and grandchildren lived so close that she could see them often and be involved in their lives.
Every summer Alice looked forward to hosting the family at their Jersey Shore rental on Long Beach Island. A bowler, knitter, spirited competitor at cribbage, and reader of real books, mostly from the Seymour Public Library, she was an avid fan of UCONN women’s basketball, finished a crossword most days, and was able to identify the many birds that came to their feeder. In retirement Alice and John traveled to Europe, South America, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. Alice always reminded her husband John to eat his fresh vegetables, and they probably ate more asparagus and broccoli than any couple in Seymour. “Thank you Alice; we had a great ride.”
Alice’s family wishes to thank the compassionate doctors and caregivers at the Cancer Center at Griffin Hospital. In the near future the family plans to hold a dinner at the Wetzel home in Seymour to celebrate Alice’s life. There will be no calling hours and all funeral arrangements are private and have been entrusted to the Miller- Ward Funeral Home at 260 Bank Street, Seymour, CT 06483. A donation to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission in Alice’s memory would be appreciated and may be made through the funeral home.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next- of- kin, the next- door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight.
InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior, using a mechanical mole to tunnel 16 feet deep to measure internal heat, and a seismometer to register quakes, meteorite strikes and anything else that might start the red planet shaking.
Scientists consider Mars a tantalizing time capsule. It is less geologically active than the twice- as- big Earth and so retains much of its early history. By studying the preserved heart of Mars, InSight can teach us how our solar system’s rocky planets formed 41/ 2 billion years ago and why they turned out so different.
“Venus is hot enough to melt lead. Mercury has a sunbaked surface. Mars is pretty cold today. But Earth is a nice place to take a vacation, so we’d really like to know why one planet goes one way, another planet goes another way,” said InSight’s lead scientist Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.