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Setsuko "Sets" Wedel

April 23, 1935 - November 4, 2020
From: Cedar Rapids, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Setsuko "Sets" Wedel

Setsuko "Sets" Wedel

Born: April 23, 1935
Died: November 4, 2020
Age: 85

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     Setsuko (Sets) Wedel, the daughter of Fukumatsu and Kameyo Shimokawara was born April 23 in Sapporo, Japan.  Her childhood years were spent in Japan.

     Sets married Jim Wedel in 1961 in Yokohama, Japan.  Following their marriage, they came to Spencer, Iowa, where they operated a family grocery store and flower shop for many years. After selling the business, they moved to Carlisle, Iowa. Sets moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2014.

     Sets was an avid bridge player, excellent cook, and enjoyed eating food from all over the world. She loved staying active which included playing volleyball at the Spencer Y. She also enjoyed watching her childrens’ sports events. In her later years, Sets enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

     She passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids on November 4, 2020 at the age of 85.  Sets was preceded in death by her parents; four siblings, her husband, Jim, and one son, Bill.

     Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters: Connie, Toshie and Kim; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild, siblings: Fumio and Toni, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held at a later date


Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 1:43 PM
“Many fond memories of Sets and her ready smile. Also great fun playing volley ball at the YMCA. She brought much needed diversity and joy to our lives.
- Judy Hart
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:12 AM
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:59 PM
“I remember growing up across the street from the Wedel's. Many good memories. Sets was always so kind. Our most sincere condolences. ”
- Doug Alger
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM
“Mrs. Wedel was thought well of in our community. She was one who enriched the community by her involvement, intellect, and personality. We at SHS enjoyed having her daughters as students. Sympathy to the family. ”
- Jan Myers
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 8:02 AM
“We are so sorry to read about Sets. We were neighbors in Spencer many years ago. Sets was always on the run with her activities and the kids. Kept her busy. Thinking of you!”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Wedel Girls, It was so upsetting to hear of your mother's passing. We had so many good times over the years. We were great coffee buddies and always had something to talk about. Your mom was a superior bridge player and remained patient with me when we were partners. I feel fortunate to have had her friendship and will always miss her.”
- Joyce Noehren
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“I will miss Sets. I also lived at Keystone Place and meet Sets after I moved in. I had to be careful not to mention foods I liked. She would be at my door with whatever I liked the next day. That was the beginning of our friendship. After Sets sold her car, I became her taxi. She loved to go for rides around the area. I will really miss her.”
- Jalaa McNeal
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“I remember the Wendell family well, especially Toshi, Billy, and Kim. Sets was a very neat lady and I am sure she will be missed deeply. ”
- Mike Schmillen
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“My thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family. Sets was an awesome lady that we will all miss very much. Take comfort in knowing she can finally be with Jim & Bill again. God bless all those left behind. Always remember the hood times.”
- Pamela Brown
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:55 AM
“My thoughts and prayer's are with the family of Sets.. She was an awesome woman who will be missed... I take comfort knowing Jim and Bill🙏❤”
- Pamela Brown
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 3:37 PM
“Dear Wedels, I’m sad to hear this. Your Mom was an icon in our town and she raised a bunch of great people. She treated me like her own and I have so many memories. Her idea of a late night snack (rice, egg, ketchup, soy sauce) will be with me forever. And that gold Cadillac that she let Connie and I drive as much we wanted as long as we filled it up? It got 4 mpg for God’s sake - we drove it ONCE! Your Mom knew exactly what she was doing! I haven’t seen Sets for years but I’ll miss her. Love and Hugs to you all.”
- Kay Brandsma LaFrance
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:40 PM
“I am really sorry to hear this I didn’t really know you that well from what I remember you were a really good lady and it still hurts me to think that another one is gone from the family sending out my hugs and kisses to you love you Aunt Setsuko”
- Damien Buckhardt
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:40 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about Sets. The Wedel family were a great part of my childhood.
I will always remember Sets for her strength and upbeat personality.
I passed on the news to my Mom (Deda) and she was very sad because Sets was very special to her.
Prayers of comfort to the family.”
- Cindy Koenck
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 8:12 AM
“So saddened by Sets passing. So many fond memories of her and you children.. Cherish the memories and she will live in your hearts forever. ”
- Karla (Koenck) Clegg
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 8:12 AM
“Toshie, so sorry to hear of your mom's death. I remember so well going to volleyball and basketball games to cheer you guys on. She and your dad were super fans.”
- Dee A Korthals
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 8:12 AM
“My sympathy at the loss of your mother.”
- Barb Eby
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 8:12 AM
“Girls so sorry to here of your mothers passing. She had the sweetest smile and the warmest heart. Only knew your family a short time but your parents were always so kind, caring and supportive. They will now be together in heaven.”
- Dianne Modlin
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 8:12 AM
“Kim, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please accept my condolences and may my prayers help comfort you and give you peace..”
- Dina Abdulla
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 8:11 AM
“You and your family have my deepest condolences. May God comfort you now and forever more.”
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 2:25 PM
“Dear Connie, Toshie and Kimberly,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special person and a dear friend to my mom. I can picture them together at your kitchen table chatting over coffee, and at my house, laughing over a spirited game of bridge with the ladies. How wonderful that they enjoyed each others company and had a lasting friendship. I’ll always remember your mom as a strong minded woman and a terrific athlete. An unusual combination back then and incredibly awesome. I have fond memories of playing volleyball at the YMCA with your mom and the other ladies in her league…they taught me the game!
My heart shares in your loss.
- Tiki Noehren
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 1:50 PM
“My heart felt condolences to you and your family.
Prayers and blessings.”
- Lori Nelson
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:58 PM
“Sending prayers for comfort and peace. ”
- Missy Peter's Lubinski
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:15 AM
“Connie, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Keep your memories close to your heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Dawn Fitzgerald Ressler
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:15 AM
“To our extended family- words can’t even begin to explain the pain, sadness and emptiness right now. God took a beautiful strong soul and we know she is at peace. Praying for peace, comfort and love in this time. We love you all. If we can do anything please let us know. Aunt Sets will be missed dearly. ”
- Shelley German
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 10:03 AM
“Great Aunt SETSUKO,

I love you 💕 You will be missed so much! I have got to spend time with you when our reunion was a few years ago and before when I was much younger. I am so sorry this has happened and I am extremely sad but understand you are in a better place and not suffering anymore. Until we meet again I love you very much.

Love always,
Alwin, Katrina, Damien and Kalea 💕❤️💜😘”
- Katrina
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 8:59 AM
“Dear Wedel Family,
I was so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was such a sweet and caring person. My mom was a member of their bridge club and I can remember all the ladies at our house for "Bridge Night". They always had a good time!! ”
- Carla Monthei Hofmaster
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