Zelma Mae Wehrle, 90, of Ottawa, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, with family by her side at Rock Creek of Ottawa.

Family will meet with friends from 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with honors by the VFW Post 5901 Auxiliary. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa. The family would like to invite friends and family to VFW Post 5901 following interment for refreshments and conversation. The family suggests memorial contributions to VFW Post 5901 Auxiliary or Crossroads Hospice c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067 Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Zelma’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com.

Zelma was born Monday, Dec. 31, 1928, at Lindsay, Nebraska, the daughter of Charles O. and Anna M. (Henning) Hanna. The family later moved to Newman Grove, Nebraska, where Zelma graduated high school with the class of 1946.

Following graduation, Zelma worked for Southwestern Bell in Newman Grove and was their youngest operator for several years.

On Nov. 27, 1949, she was united in marriage at Newman Grove to Joseph J. Wehrle of Madison, Nebraska. They made their home in Madison where Joe worked as a bricklayer with his father and uncles. Following the birth of their two children, they moved to Osawatomie, Kansas briefly before settling in Ottawa in 1959.

Zelma was a homemaker, babysitter and very active in the community. She served as a leader with Bluebirds and Campfire Girls, Cub Scout Den Mother, participated with the PTA, and served as a local block mother with civil defense. She and her husband, Joe, were proud members of the Ottawa VFW Post 5901. Zelma joined the VFW Ladies Auxiliary on Oct. 1, 1968. She was a dedicated member who served in many positions including secretary, president and chaplain before stepping down in 2006. She loved to work crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She also liked to embroidery and play bingo, but most of all she liked to read. Zelma enjoyed dancing, especially the polka. She was always ready for a visit with friends, and no matter the time, would have a pot of coffee on.

Zelma was proceded in death by her husband, Joseph, on Sept. 18, 1987; her parents; sister, Zetta Mae (Hanna) Claussen; half-sister, Helen (Everetts) Andstant; and half-brother, Albert J. Everetts.

She is survived by her daughter, Debra Calahan, and husband, Bob; son, Edward Wehrle, and wife, Teresa; granddaughter, Tiffani Majors, and husband, Dwight; grandson, Joseph Wehrle, and husband, Larry Haldeman; and seven great-grandchildren.