Dora Wensel, 85, of Le Mars, died Sunday morning, Dece. 7, 2003, at her home.
Dora Frieda Weber was born March 26, 1918, on the family farm in America Township, rural Plymouth County, the daughter of Rick and Tina (Martfield) Weber. Dora was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville. She attended the Dalton country school. On Dec. 16, 1938, Dora was united in marriage to William Wensel at Elk Point, S.D. The couple lived in Sioux City and later moved to Le Mars in the mid-1940s. William died Jan. 3, 1973.
Dora was a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church and a member of the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 Auxiliary of Le Mars. She loved to collect cookbooks and enjoyed baking from those many recipes she had collected. She also enjoyed traveling with her family and was always ready for a game of bingo.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Verle Allen of Le Mars, Sally and Ronald Martinez of Ontario, Calif., and Peggy and Larry Biltz of Sacramento, Calif.; four grandchildren, Todd and Sara Elliott, Gregory and Julie Elliott, Jim Martinez, and Whitney Biltz; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kate Boulton of Le Mars and Viola Rieken of Seney; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Doris Weber of St. Cloud, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Dora was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Wensel; a sister, Bernice McKay; and two brothers, Henry and Alvin Weber.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Le Mars with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service Thursday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue after 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church Friday morning.
Pallbearers will be Henry Reiken, Bruce Erickson, David Vander Kooi, Gregory Elliott, Joshua Elliott, and Jim Martinez.