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Nov 29, 2022 (0)

Mary Lou Wettlaufer, 94, of O'Neill, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill.

Visitation was held Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill with a prayer service.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 at the First Presbyterian Church in O'Neill.

Burial was in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in O'Neill in Mary Lou's name.

Mary Lou was born on Dec. 23, 1927 on the family farm near Ewing to William and Martha (Kohlhof) Shrader. She attended school in Ewing and graduated from Ewing High School in 1944. 

After graduation, Mary Lou was employed by County Judge Louis Reimer.

She married Gerald Wettlaufer on Oct. 2, 1946, at the Presbyterian Church in O'Neill. They made their home in the O'Neill area, where Mary Lou worked at the REA office for nine years. She later served as bailiff for jury trials in Holt County for several years. To this union one son was born.

Mary Lou loved flowers and yellow finches. Family meant a lot to her and she enjoyed attending the school activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

In their later years, after Gerald retired, they spent several winters in Texas.

Mary Lou is survived by her son Gary (Peggy) of O'Neill; four grandchildren Natalie Nanfito of Kearney, Cortney (Jason) Williams of Utica, Cory Wettlaufer of Nashville, TN and Crystal (Ryan) Walters of Chambers; seven great-grandchildren Ashley (Jeff) Hoppenstedt, Terra Nanfito, Heather Nanfito, Isabella Lichti, Claire Walters, Nash Walters and Lilly Williams; and one great-great-grandchild Everett Hoppenstedt.

She was preceded by her parents William and Martha (Kohlhof) Shrader; husband Gerald in 2010; two brothers Eddy Shrader and Willie (Francis) Shrader; and three sisters Alice Shrader, Betty (Verl) Gunter and Dorothy (Archie) Johnston.    


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