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Obituary: Ann Wetzel, 1926-2020 

One of Vermont’s first female real estate appraisers also won prizes for her “penny rugs” at the Champlain Valley Fair

Published July 6, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated July 6, 2020 at 12:43 p.m.

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  • Ann Wetzel

Ann Bradbury Wetzel of Colchester and Grand Isle, Vt., passed away peacefully on June 27 with her family at her side. Ann was born in Montréal on July 13, 1926, to Edith and Augustus Bradbury and was the youngest of seven children. She was raised in the small town of Abercorn, Québec. After high school, she moved to Burlington and became a naturalized American. She was proud of her Canadian heritage but loved being an American and a Vermonter.

She married the late Lewis K. Wetzel, and they raised three children, Stephen, Mark and Jean, in South Burlington and later moved to Colchester. Ann was an avid golfer, skier and sailor, as well as a longtime member of the Burlington Country Club and Malletts Bay Boat Club.

She had many interests and hobbies and won several prizes for her “penny rugs” at the Champlain Valley Fair.

After raising her children, Ann became a real estate agent and one of the first woman appraisers in Vermont.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Lewis K. Wetzel, and is survived by her sons Stephen K. Wetzel and his wife, Jan, and Mark L. Wetzel and his wife, Joan; her daughter Jean W. Hampel and her husband, Gary; her four grandchildren, Matthew, Jeffrey, Andrea and Carly; and her loving dog Ozzie.

A private memorial for Ann will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Grand Isle Historical Society, P.O. Box 23, Grand Isle, VT 05458.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County a division of the Ready Funeral Home. Please visit to place online condolences.

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