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“I was so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. She was a wonderful friend. Barb was very wise, but was still searching for answers to big questions. We...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Sandy Soli - Albert Lea, MN, MN

“Having Barb in our lives was such a blessing to my father and the entire Wetzell family. It has been our good fortune to have her in our lives. She...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Steve Wetzell - Minnetonka, MN

“I knew Barb as a wonderful teacher at Maple River High School where we both worked. Also as a good friend to our exchange student Miho. Linda and I...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Warren Stowell - MN - coworker

“We were in the same book club.I haven't know her very long. She was very interesting to talk with. The stories she could tell stayed with me several...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Iris Tarvestad - Albert :ea, MN

“Barb was a favorite on second floor of the Village Coop. She was a close friend of mine. And a very good friend. She was kind hearted..I wasn't sick...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Glenda Batt - Albert Lea, MN

“Barbara Sletten will be remembered as a wonderful friend here at the Village Coop of Albert Lea. I will always appreciate and miss her supportive...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Elaine & John Smith - Albert Lea, MN

“I will always think of Barb as "Bubbles," which was how my father, her first cousin, always referred to her. The Wenzel cousins had a big reunion...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Gail Wendt - Fairfax, VA - Family

“My thoughts and prayers to the Sletten family , will always treasure the fond memories of being your neighbors in Wells, Mn ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Sharie Ylvisaker - Wells, MN

“You're all in my thoughts and prayers! Barbs smile is what I will always remember. Along with her energetic personality! YskTs ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Pam Warmka - Easton, MN - Friend

“Barb was one of the best teachers I had. Her and Merlin were the greatest country neighbors when I was growing up. We used to have a lot of fun...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Melissa Rath - Easton, MN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Lowell & Karri Johnson - Aitkin, MN

“I am so very sorry your your loss, what an absolute beautiful mother you had. I worked with your mom at Mapleton High School. She helped me so much...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Schull - Mapleton, MN


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Barbara Ann Sletten, 83, of Albert Lea died Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Southfield Wellness Community in Webster City, Iowa. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells, MN with Pastor Meg Sander officiating. Visitation with Barb's family will be from 11:00 am -1:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church prior to the service on Saturday. Private interment at a later date in Chetek, WI. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to your public library or the Special Olympics. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family.

Barbara was born January 5, 1936 to Albert and Myrtle (Zielsdorf) Wenzel in Marshfield, WI. The family moved to Wausau, WI in 1941 where Barb attended school and graduated in 1954. Barb was introduced to her future husband Merlin by his sister, her teacher, Julia Sletten. They were married on August 13, 1955. They raised their 3 sons in Roseville, MN before moving to Wells, MN in 1969. Barb was a committed sports mom who never missed a game. She was a long time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran church. She was involved in the League of Women Voters, Special Olympics, and The Red Hat Society in her later years. Barb worked as a special education assistant before returning to college in her forties to obtain her special education teaching license. She taught at Maple River High School in Mapleton until her retirement. In her retirement she traveled extensively, served on a number of library boards, and participated in book clubs. Barb was a lifelong learner, writer, and could always recommend great reading material.
Merlin died in 2004. After Merlin's death Barb had a close friendship with Tom Wetzell, Sr. until his death in 2015.

Barb is survived by her children Alan (Nancy) Sletten, Fergus Falls, Peter (Ann) Sletten, New Prague, Grant (Deb) Sletten, Webster City; her grandchildren Anna Sletten (Danny McMillan), Andrew Sletten, Sam Sletten, Dan Sletten (Breanna Bisek), Kelly Sletten, Amy (Tony) Taylor, Eric Sletten and Emily Sletten. She was GG to great grandsons Jake, Ben and Jon Taylor, her pride and joy.

Also survived by her sister, Karleen Mahoney, and sister-in-law, Jackie Wenzel, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Loretta and Ken Wittig. Also survived by cherished nieces and nephews and many good friends including the family of Tom Wetzell, Sr..

Preceded in death by her husband Merlin, friend, Tom Wetzell Sr., brothers Ray Wenzel, Harold "Butch" (Bernice) Wenzel, brother-in-law, Ross Mahoney, brother and sister-in-laws, Carl (Ruth) Sletten, Carolyn (Lyle) Woodbeck, Julia Sletten, Alfie (Vernon) Whitaker and Ivan (Grace) Sletten.