Mary Beth Wedum, 76Mary Beth Wedum, 76, of Minnetonka, formerly Alexandria, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012 at home surrounded by family.
Mary Beth Wedum, 76, of Minnetonka, formerly Alexandria, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012 at home surrounded by family.
A celebration of Beth’s life will be held Thursday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at Eden Prairie Chapel with visitation starting at 10 a.m.
A graveside service will be held Friday, March 23, at 1 p.m. at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria.
Beth was a graduate of St. Cloud State University and utilized her sociology and psychology degrees to the fullest. She was the past-president of the Alexandria League of Women Voters and was involved for many years with Theater Le Homme Dieu. Beth believed in helping others and was instrumental in establishing the Douglas County Day Activity Center giving challenged young adults the opportunity to live more independent lives.
Beth and John worked throughout their lives developing and operating multiple businesses. Together they built and managed the J.A. Wedum Foundation in which Beth proudly sat as co-chairman of the board for many years.
Beth played a major role in the foundation’s challenge grant to Allina Hospice to fund the construction of the J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice Facility in Brooklyn Park. Her personal end-of-life journey with John not only led to the vision of such a facility but also became in her lifetime a reality. How proud she was to see her dream fulfilled and the doors open just weeks ago.
Beth loved to travel and she and John used every opportunity to explore the world and experience different cultures. They lived many places during their lives, each and every one of them leading to new friendships and adventures. They shared a love most would envy and were soul mates to the end.
Beth is survived by daughters, Dana Wedum Kennelly (Thomas), and Dawn Downs (Wes); her brother, Ogden Hagen; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and her beloved cat, “Tonka.”
Beth was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Wedum; parents, Emil and Ella Hagen; sisters, Maxine, Charlotte, Evelyn and her brother, Keith.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Abbott Northwestern and Allina Hospice for helping her through this last great journey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Allina Hospice.
Arrangements with Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel; www.washburn-mcreavy.com.
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