Al­ice Mar­i­lyn Wet­zel

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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.

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