Wanda Rae Manhart

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Wanda Manhart

Wanda Rae Manhart passed away Sunday, April 8 at her care facility in Roseville, Calif. Her family and care providers were gathered by her side. After 93 fulfilling years of life and a recent struggle with many illnesses, she is at peace.
Wanda lived in Roseville for most of her life. She was married to her beloved Keith Manhart for 63 years before his passing in 2011. Wanda was a remarkable force for good- she knew no strangers and was a bright light of positive energy and a spirit of goodwill toward others. She was an inspiration to her sons and grandchildren, and set an example to always try to discover the best in people and life's situations.
Wanda graduated from Roseville High School in 1942 and soon went to work as a clerk/stenographer for the Southern Pacific Railroad. She left this employment when her children were born, but returned to work in the 1950s until her retirement from the railroad in1976.
Wanda had boundless energy and a creative spirit. To earn extra money for the family when the children were little, she opened a home baking business. From cookies to fancy wedding cakes, she was a master baker.
Wanda was always fascinated by art, and especially the beauty of glass. In 1976 she opened a stained-glass business to sell her art and to teach others how to make stained glass windows. Over the years this business grew and evolved to include picture framing and gifts. Wanda played ukulele and continued to craft watercolor paintings to the end.
Wanda was a very spiritual person and pursued a life-long quest to understand the true nature of God's presence in her life and the world around her.
A bright light has gone out of our daily lives, but Wanda's spirit lives on and inspires us all.She is survived by her three sons Craig, Scott, David, grandchildren Erik, Ian, Keith, Meagen, Shon and six great grandchildren. We will honor her memory forever.
A family-and-friends gathering for a celebration of Wanda's life will be held at Slice of Goodness restaurant, 930 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville, Friday, June 15, 4 to 7 p.m. Please join us to share your favorite memories of Wanda

Published in Auburn Journal on May 18, 2018