Linda Marlene Wetzel

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Linda Marlene Wetzel died suddenly on Jan. 29. She was 65.

Born on March 30, 1942 in Harrison, Ill., she spent much of her early life in Rockford, Ill. She raised her family with her first husband, Jerry Johnson. She always strived to create wonderful memories with friends and loved ones.

For the past 25 years, Wetzel called California her home. She worked as an office manager for Shearson-Lehman. Years later, Wetzel successfully owned her own business, the Coffee, Bean and Tea Leaf in Malibu, where she was affectionately known by many customers as “Mom.”

Wetzel was passionate about many things, including her family, traveling and gardening. She also had a lifelong commitment to volunteer work. Most recently, Wetzel spent time volunteering at the Conejo Free Clinic.

Wetzel is survived by her husband of 19 years, Gary Wetzel; sister, Beverly Metheny; her daughter, Lesli Johnson; her son, Brett Johnson and his wife Colleen; her stepchildren, Kim Bell, Kelley Conrad, Krissy Folse and Jamie Wetzel; and her grandchildren, Katlin, Brady, Corey, Colin, Amanda, Jack, Nicholas, Matthew, Tyler and Roman.

Wetzel’s family has created a memorial Web site at www.rememberinglindawetzel.com. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home, located at 757 East Main St. in Ventura. A reception at the Wetzel home will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wetzel’s name to the Conejo Free Clinic, 80 E. Hillcrest Dr., #102, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.