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 | Lori Becker

A loving gift to Guardian Angel– St. Boniface School in Colton, Wash.

Guardian Angel–St. Boniface School (GASB) in Colton, Washington, received a generous donation to construct a beautiful new playground on its campus. Jack (Alfred) and Kay (Casmiera Alfreda) Wetzel, grandparents of Scott Cron (married to GASB alumna Christy Becker) left a legacy that will be appreciated and enjoyed for generations. Seen from the highway, it is largest playground structure in Colton.

Affectionally known as Grandpop Jack and Grandmom Kay, the couple raised their family in Niles, Michigan,  before moving to Florida in their retirement years. Jack was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy 1948-55 and then worked as an engineer and in energy management in the Naval Aero Engine Lab and for Bendix Corp. Kay attended Sacred Heart School and Camden Catholic High School in Camden, N.J., and was a special education teacher in Niles. The Wetzels were devoted Catholics and were dedicated to enriching the lives of children.

On Jack and Kay’s passing, a trust fund was set up for charitable donations in their memory. Daughter Tami (Wetzel) and Mark Cron, their two children, Scott and Mikey, and their wives chose GASB to receive a donation. Wanting to do something that would directly impact the lives of children outside of the academic realm, the Wetzel family supported a giant playground structure. With generous donations of pea gravel from Altas Sand and Rock and support from Motley-Motley Inc., the structure was built by installers from Port Orchards.

All the families and students of Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School and the entire community wish to extend their gratitude to the Wetzel family.