April 12, 2013


Wanda Throckmorton, 90, of Mapleton, formerly of Charter Oak, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison with burial in Carroll City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the American Legion Auxiliary (http://www.legion-aux.org/Donate/ or calling (317) 569-4500).

Wanda Laura Throckmorton was born in Auburn on Feb. 8, 1923, a daughter of Clarence and Edna Kreft Garnatz.

She grew up in Carroll County and after high school attended the State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for two years, later finishing her bachelor's degree at Drake University in the early 1960s. She married John Throckmorton, traveling to various locations while he served during World War II.

The couple then returned to Carroll, and Wanda began what would become a 37-year teaching career-starting in a rural one-room school, and then with the Glidden and Carroll Community Schools.

In 1968 Wanda and John moved to Charter Oak. John died in 1971, and Wanda continued teaching in Carroll Community Schools until she retired in 1985. She loved children and you could see the joy in her face any time a child would enter the room.

Wanda enjoyed the outdoors, especially her flower gardening and watching the many birds that she kept well-fed around her home.

She also loved camping with her Royal Rover family and all types of travel, including an annual Branson visit. She enjoyed listening to music and was always ready for a good game of cards.

Wanda was active in supporting local politics and was a contributing member of many community and social groups, including the American Association of University Women, a lifetime member of the National Education Association and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include one son, Tom and his wife, Denise; one granddaughter, Tonya; one great-grandson, Damon; other relatives and friends.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband John; and one brother, Neil Garnatz.