Obit: Wanke, Luanne R. (1939 - 2011)


Surnames: Bandholz, Daulton, Gali, Gebert, Rhyner, Robida, Ross, Sebold, Stefancin, Wanke, Willger

----Source: The Star News (Medford, Taylor Co., Wisconsin) Thursday, April 14, 2011, online edition

Wanke, Luanne R. (Gebert) (July 4, 1939 - April 9, 2011)

Luanne R. Wanke, 71, Medford, died on Saturday, April 9 at University Hospital in Madison.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, with Father Gerard Willger, Father Showreddy Gali and Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating.

Burial will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford. Pallbearers will be her children, Jolene Daulton, Gina Bandholz, and Randall, Russell, Rick, Jeff and Jason Wanke.

Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford on Friday, April 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.

----Source: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, Wisconsin, online

PLACE OF BURIAL: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION AT: Hemer Funeral Home 4-8 PM Friday, April 15 and from 9 AM to 10 AM on Saturday, April 16

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 4, 1939 at the township of Holton, Marathon Co., WI

EDUCATION: St. Louis Catholic School, Dorchester, 1957 graduate of Dorchester High School

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: September 7, 1959 at St. Louis Catholic Church, Dorchester to Peter Wanke

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: In her early years, she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. After her marriage, they resided in Athens until moving to Medford in 1964 where she worked as a housewife & mother. She served as Vice president/secretary/treasurer of Wanke Builders and later served as secretary/treasurer for Shamrock Properties, and AmeriVest Properties until ill health forced her retirement in 2010. From 1988 until 2009 she ran Wanke Builders Pool & Spa Works in Medford. She was manager for Skateway in Medford for 5 years. Past community activities include United Way of Taylor Co., Secretary of Medford Area Development Association, Chairperson of the Miss Medford Pageant for 9 years and was instrumental in starting the Medford Welcoming Committee. She enjoyed traveling and spending time at her cottage on Lake Holcombe.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where she was involved with many activities such as the Home & School Association, served as chairperson of the Fall Festival, and organized the Pre-Marriage classes for 10 years.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Peter Wanke of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dr. Randall (Sue) Wanke of Rock Island, IL, Russell (Jennifer) Wanke of Appleton, Rick (Kathleen) Wanke of Eau Claire, Jolene (Ron) Daulton of Hudson, Jeff Wanke of Oshkosh, Gina (Brent) Bandholz of Hubertus, WI, Jason (Kari) Wanke of Medford

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandson Peter Wanke in 1998


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 2 sisters - Jeannette Robida of Dorchester & Greta Ross of Neillsville

DECEASED BROTHERS/SISTERS: Lucille Sebold, Raymond & Clarence Gebert



PALLBEARERS: 7 children - Jolene Daulton, Gina Bandholz, Randall, Russell, Rick, Jeff & Jason Wanke

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the family for a future designation

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