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Wanda Darlene Gingrich

November 30, 1927 December 27, 2006
Wanda Darlene Gingrich
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Wanda Darlene Gingrich, 79, of Vinton, died suddenly in her home Wednesday, December 27, 2006. She’d been a resident of the Mt. Auburn/Vinton area for 58 years.Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, December 30, at the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church with Rev. Julie McCullough officiating. Visitation will be Friday, December 29, from 4 to 7 PM at Russell Funeral Home, 1212 1st Avenue, Vinton, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.Wanda was born November 30, 1927, in rural Dysart, the daughter of Edward F. and Vera M. Merchant Turner. She graduated from Garrison High School and then received a teaching certificate from Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls. She taught country school for Cedar #5 NE Mt. Auburn from 1946-1947.Wanda married Llewellyn Jason “Sam” Gingrich on January 26, 1947, at the Garrison Methodist Church. The couple farmed together for 20 years. Sam preceded Wanda in death on April 21, 1990.Wanda worked as a dietary aide and cook at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton for 27 years, retiring in 1996.She was a member of the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, joining January 2, 1949. She taught Sunday school and Bible school. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross and a member and past President of the Modern Entertainers. She enjoyed traveling with the Heritage Bank Club, theater and reading.Wanda is survived by four sons: Craig and his wife Deborah of Cedar Falls; Lynn and his wife Roxe Anne of Cedar Rapids; Bart and his wife Kim of Marion; and Kyle and his wife Melissa of Cedar Rapids; three brothers: William Turner and his wife Ginger of Rye, NY; Delano Turner and his wife Yvonne of Myrtle Creek, OR; and Eugene Turner of Cedar Rapids; two sisters: Shirley Pippert and her husband Ned of Vinton; and Sharon Turner of Canton, MI; three sisters-in-law: Lois Elam and Deane Turner of Cedar Rapids and Doris Turner of Columbus, GA; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers: Walter and Alvin “Harrison” Turner. A memorial fund has been established.


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