Jamie and Carmen Wetzel’s young son, Jerry, had been fighting pneumonia for a couple of weeks. So when Jamie started feeling sick, everyone assumed he had pneumonia, too.
He did not.
Eight days after being admitted to the hospital, the Oconto County father and business owner was dead at age 46 from blastomycosis, an infection caused by breathing in fungus.
Although devastated by their loss, Wetzel’s wife and children soon discovered that they were not alone.
Friends, neighbors, co-workers and others in the community of Gillett and the surrounding countryside have rallied around the family to offer support and encouragement.
“It’s just been overwhelming,” Carmen said. “You see these people every day, and never think anything of it. And all of a sudden, they’re showing up with gifts and everything.”