Karen Judith Wettstead

December 28, 1940January 3, 2019
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Karen Wettstead was born December 28th, 1940 in Breckenridge, MN. and passed suddenly January 3rd, 2019 in Fresno, CA. Karen was preceded in death by her three brothers Roland Selland, Eugene Selland and Donald Selland. After graduating from Roosevelt high school in Portland, OR she attended Business school and worked for accounting firms and attorney’s early in her career. She married Donald Wettstead in May of 1960. Don, Karen and Family relocated to Southern California in 1976, and spent her last 33 years in Fresno, CA. Karen Loved Education and worked for the CIF for four years followed by 15 years with Clovis Unified School District. She was known by friends and community members for her kind and gentle nature, her deep faith and devotion to her family. Karen loved travel, golf as well as arts and crafts. She also had a great love for animals and she will be greatly missed by her beloved Bichon Fraiche - Daisy Mae. Karen will be deeply missed by her large family including her husband, Donald Wettstead; her three children and their spouses, Joe and Elizabeth Wettstead, Jonathon and Kristina Wettstead and Angela and Kent Specht; her ten beloved grandchildren Taryn, Noah, Andrew, Breana, Dakota, Ally, Josh, Caelyn, Peyton and Bodie. Visitation will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made in Karen's name to Catholic Charities; Poverello House or the American Cancer Society.


  • Poverello House
  • Catholic Charities
  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 11, 2019

Karen Judith Wettstead

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Tracy King

January 14, 2019

I am going to miss your angelic smile...being able to see you. A angel sent here to watch over family!!! My love is with you and your family...gone to soon from your earthly home now in heaven with our Heavenly Father and your family such a Joyeuis time you must all be having. Auntie Karen you will always be in my heart with all the memories you have given me...I love you to the moon and back again. R.I.P Auntie Karen❣️👼🏻🙏🏼💖 Until we meet again 💋 💋 💋❣️❣️❣️❣️

Bev and Jeff Robinson

January 13, 2019

Every person who met Karen was greeted with a beautiful and genuine smile. We are so honored to have known her. She was so kind, caring, gentle, lovely, fun, thoughtful, faith-filled .... in a word she was delightful. Many thanks to the extended Wettstead family for sharing her with us. Our lives are so much richer for the time we spent with Karen.

Brian Copner

January 11, 2019

Don, my deepest sympathy’s to you and your family. Brian

Kate Mallam

January 10, 2019

Karen's death leaves a deep void in our hearts and parish. The teachers, parents and children in our Religious Education program at Holy Spirit, have been blessed by her selfless volunteering and her deep and profound faith that she shared so effortlessly and freely. Her sensitive and kind nature endeared her to the children in her care and for that and so much more we are extremely grateful.

Marcie & Mike Rupcich

January 10, 2019

Holy Spirit Church will not be the same at the loss of our dear friend, Karen. This lovely lady shared Christ every day with her smile, her kindness and her gentle way. Our thoughts are with her family at this time as she will surely be missed. But her heart will always be guiding them, loving them and reminding us all of how much she touched our lives. <3 The Rupcich Family

John Miklesh

January 10, 2019

To Don and the Wettstead Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We are grateful to have known Karen and have her in our spiritual lives, especially in our Bible studies from which we gained so much knowledge from her.
John & Cindy Miklesh

Joan Lawless

January 9, 2019

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Wettstead family. Karen was a wonderful and caring friend. She was a spiritual leader in her church, always there to help others in need of prayer. Her warm and beautiful smile will be greatly missed. Karen will forever be in our heart. Love, Joan and Family

Barbie Brandon

January 9, 2019

Karen was a loving, wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished her family and her memory will live forever in them. Rest in Peace.

Roger Oraze

January 9, 2019

Karen was a very effective Administrative Assistant at the District Office. She was a warm, caring person to all. She provided assistance beyond the call of duty to my office on many occasions. My thoughts and prayers to Don and the family.

lynda snauffer

January 9, 2019

I am deeply saddened to read of Karen's passing. I worked with Karen many years ago at Clovis West High School. She was the embodiment of class and grace and she will be long remembered by her many CW friends. Her strong faith, joy of living, and devotion to her family will continue to serve as an inspiration to all.
My warmest wishes to her family.