Gladys “Glady” L. Wanta, 90, Junction City, WI, died peacefully Wednesday morning, October 4, 2017 at Portage County Health Care Center, Stevens Point, where she had resided for the past two months.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Junction City with Rev. Dr. Timothy Roser officiating. Family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service at the church starting at 9:00 am. Burial will take place after the service at Runkel Cemetery, Junction City. Martens/Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Glady was born February 23, 1927 in Stevens Point, WI to Barney and Minnie (Bernhagen) Berg. She was a graduate of P. J. Jacobs High School in 1944. Glady lived most of her life in Junction City and it was from there where she touched the lives of so many people these past 90 years. As a young woman she traveled to Washington State during WWII with relatives to work for a year as a civilian in the war effort. It was a time in her life she remembered fondly and took great pride in. Coming back to Wisconsin and Junction City she worked various jobs. While back home in Junction City, she met LeRoy Wanta, fell in love, married and shared a life of love with him. They were married on May 21, 1949 and spent 66 years together until Roy’s death two years ago on July 29, 2015. Together they raised six children and the love, caring and closeness they bestowed upon their children has endured and grown, with the entire family still being incredibly close. Raising six kids was a fulltime job for Glady with little time for much else. However, in 1969 Glady began a career at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Junction City as an educational assistant. She loved the work and was passionate about helping students. She cared deeply about children and possessed the patience, caring and ability to connect with them and to help them read and write. She retired after 18 years of public service.
Glady and Roy spent their retirement years traveling to their children’s homes out of state, as well as spending time with other relatives and friends in Wisconsin. Their home in Junction City has been the base from which family gathered for decades, celebrating holidays and any number of family events. From Mom’s chili during deer hunting season to Mom and Dad’s popcorn balls at Christmas and Packer games in the fall to lawn jarts outside during summer, laughter, humor and happiness abounded. Being at their house was always special.
Glady (Mom) was a devout Christian and her faith was always a central part of her strength and life. She knew that her family loved her and didn’t want to let her go. Still, there was somewhere else she knew she had to be. On that beautiful, blue skied, cool October morning, Mom spoke a little to her two daughters, looked at them one last time and shortly thereafter, took her final breath and ascended to her eternal home, knowing that her love will live on.
Glady is survived by her daughters, Nancy (Jim) Steuck of Junction City, and Mary Kay (Ted) Tennessen of Las Vegas, NV; sons Jim Wanta of Wisconsin Rapids, Rick (Mary) Wanta of Chandler, AZ, Joe (Trudy) Wanta of Sugar Land, TX, and Ken (Cristina Altobelli) Wanta of Stevens Point; 11 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, LeRoy; a sister, Betty Rosicky and brothers, Harold “Bergie” Berg, and George “Chick” Berg.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com