Wanda was the second of three daughters born to John and Daisy (Wells) Riggs. As such she was deeply loved by both her elder and younger siblings. Being the younger of her sisters, I admired and revered her, seeking her thoughts and advice on life's issues. As we matured and went about raising families of our own, we were geographically separated, she living in Michigan and I living in Pennsylvania. Fortunately the internet came into being and we were thus able to continue a close bond. Her daughter, Tammy, introduced her to the world of genealogy which she promptly introduced to me. This endeavor enabled us to share many years of researching for our family histories. Eventually, her health failing, it was with great sadness that I understood she was no longer able to participate. Not having seen Wanda in many years, her passing has found me unprepared to say goodby. Creating this small memorial tribute to her has helped me to adjust to her death. As I continue our effort to complete our family history she will always remain in my heart . I would like to share with you her lovely Obituary.
Wanda R. Ketelhut, 77, of Baroda passed away Monday, December 20, 2010 at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman surrounded by her family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 902 Broad St., St. Joseph, officiated by Rev. Marlo O. Fritzke with burial to follow at Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 PM Wednesday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or Hospice at Home. Friends wishing to send a condolence may do so at the guest book at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Wanda was born on March 3, 1933, in Pascola, Missouri to John and Daisy (Wells) Riggs. On July 7, 1956 she married Robert Ketelhut at the First Baptist Church of St. Joseph. During her life she operated Wanda’s Beauty Shop at her home while their children were young, then she worked in the business office and the shoe department at Rimes Department Store. For many years she volunteered at First Baptist Church as a trustee and the financial secretary.
She enjoyed restoring - repairing antique dolls and creating period clothing for them. She also enjoyed seamstress work, gardening, camping, bird watching and family genealogy. She also loved to cook, and for over 50 years their home was the family gathering place. Wanda’s true love was her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her cherished canine companions Lucy & Coco.
She is survived by two daughters, Tamra (Terrence) O’Rourke of Elkhart, IN; Dawn (Gene) Eddy of Berrien Springs; five grandchildren Alyssa (Craig) Lloyd, Brett Wallis, Jennifer (Aaron) Sneed, Heather Wallis, Ashley Wallis; two great-grandchildren Connor & Emily Wallis and a sister Peggy (Arthur) Kopp.
Wanda is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Ketelhut, a brother John Riggs, a sister Dorothy Springer, a grandson Jonathon Robinson and a grand-daughter-in-law Rebecca Wallis.
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