Wanda Lee Heck was born near Knob Noster, Missouri, on October 25, 1933, the daughter of Ezra and Erneeta (Rothwell) Knaus. She passed away peacefully at her home on June 24, 2017, at the age of 83.
When Mom was 13 months old, her mother passed away. Her dear Aunt Olive Knaus lovingly cared for her and her siblings. In her earlier years, she was baptized into the Old German Baptist Church, remaining faithful until her death.
On August 22, 1954, Mom married Raymond Heck of Westphalia, Kansas. This union was blessed with four sons. A great sorrow in Mom's life was losing her son Robert at the age of thirteen in an accident near their home.
She lived an unselfish, dedicated life, looking out for others' needs ahead of herself.
She was anointed twice in her afflictions. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she was tenderly cared for by her husband and family.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents and Aunt Olive; her son, Robert; twin brother, Wayne Knaus, who preceded her 6 weeks prior; brother J.R. Knaus and wife, Betty; brother-in-law, Eldon Baker; half-sister, Gayle East; sister-in-law, Ruby Flora and husband, Elmer; niece, Frieda Flory; nephew, Dennis Heck; nephew, Brent Brown; and a great-granddaughter, Sierra Heck.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years; three sons, Larry and wife Janell, Gary and wife Jewel, and Duane and wife Ralene; 12 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; one sister, Betty Rose Baker; three sisters-in-law, Della Knaus and Florence Heck, and Frances Shuck and husband Darrell; one brother-in-law, Owen Heck and wife, Thelma; a half brother and sister, Gary Knaus and Gloria Brashears; and a brother-in-law, Ron East.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Old German Baptist Church, Westphalia, with burial following in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the church from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday evening. You may send your condolences to the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.