Marcia & Caitlin Mother and Daughter Wentzel

Passed away on April 21, 2014
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Marcia Louise Wentzel, 45, born February 5, 1969 in Sterling, IL to David and Judith [Barnnet] Lowe and Caitlin Elizabeth Wentzel, 11, born August 13, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia to Joseph and Marcia [Lowe] Wentzel, passed away on April 21, 2014 in Mesa, AZ.

Marcia was a devoted wife and mother and her life was centered around placing Caitlin first. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1990. She worked for 11 years with State Farm in Georgia and Illinois. Marcia was very athletic and enjoyed swimming and running. Marcia always put others ahead of herself. She was beautiful, brave and dedicated. Her spirit will live in others She married in 1998 and is survived by her loving husband Joseph Thomas Wentzel, her parents David and Judith Lowe; siblings Cynthia (Tom) Foley, John (Holly) Lowe and Jeff (Angie) Lowe.

Caitlin was a ray of sunshine, had a beautiful and contagious smile, was very intellectually curious, read above her grade level and had a passion to learn. She attended an online schooling program with Carpe Diem. Caitlin enjoyed learning about cultures, reading, art and swimming. Caitlin had innate ability to connect with people through empathy for others. Caitlin is survived by her loving father Joseph Thomas Wentzel, her maternal grandparents David and Judith Lowe; paternal grandparents Maureen and James Wentzel; uncles Tim (Lisa Abrams) Wentzel and Jamie (Robin) Wentzel and her service dog and best friend Keller.

A celebration of their lives will be held at 9:00 am, on May 1, 2014 at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel 6747 E. Broadway Rd in Mesa. Please visit to leave condolences.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marcia's and Caitin's names to the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD), 1779 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 500, Washington DC 20036; 4 Paws for Ability, Inc., 253 Dayton Ave, Xenia, OH 45385 or the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (OIF), 804 W. Diamond Ave, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20878


  • Gathering Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, May 1, 2014

Marcia & Caitlin Mother and Daughter Wentzel

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Lisa Jones

March 25, 2015

Rest In Peace Marcia and Caitlin. Love to you Joe , try to stay strong xxxx

Lisa Jones

March 25, 2015

Joe, I am from England and read your story online. I want to send my love to you. Stay strong xxx

K Gross

October 6, 2014

Joe, I was Marcia's roommate at Tri-Delts at U of I and just recently learned of her passing and your daughter's. Marcia was one of my favorite people at college - she was full of optimism and light and I am devastated by this news. I truly pray that she and Caitlin are at peace and will watch over you as your new guardian angels. Sending you prayers from Columbus, OH

Ellina Teper

July 26, 2014

Joe, I do not know you or your family and only recently learned of your story from one of the first responders who was deeply affected by what happened.
I grieve the loss of your beautiful wife and daughter, pray for your healing, and wish peace upon your heart.

July 14, 2014

Joe, I am so sorry to hear about Caitlin and Marcia. They were a special mother and daughter . They are in heaven now looking over you and don't have the pain now they had to live with daily.
God Bless you Joe and may your memories of them help ease your pain. Nancy Wilsey

Stasia Plump

May 18, 2014

Joe.. I am a friend of your parents, and want to extend my sympathy to you, at this sad time in your life. I pray for them and for you, asking God to walk with you always. May Our Lord grant you peace in mind and heart as you struggle to understand all that has happened. May you feel the arms of Our Lord enfolding you with his comfort and care.
With love and prayers,

Connie Gowan

May 12, 2014

John, This is Connie Schmidt Gowan, (CJ). We went to Camp Benson together. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending good healing light and prayers to you and your family. Hope and Peace to all.

Sherry Bayless

May 12, 2014

Joe and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Words cannot be found to adequately express my sympathy. Your wife and daughter are beautiful. Sending my thoughts, prayers and hugs your way. May God give you strength through this time. Thinking of you and your

May 11, 2014

Joe our thoughts and prayers are wish you now and always, Tim, liana, carina and Adina McCormick. I am in Lithuania presently,

Jack & Kathy Granahan

May 8, 2014

Joe. Our prayers and sympathy are with you during this sad time. The pictures were a beautiful tribute.