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Wanda Elaine (Hemmen) Maier, the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Seaboch) Hemmen, was born June 17, 1931 in Liberty Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. She graduated from Webster City High School in 1948.
On September 17, 1949 she married Richard T. Maier at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They farmed north of Eagle Grove for 34 years, where Wanda was involved in all aspects of the grain and livestock operation, as well as a dedicated housewife and mother to four children and loving grandmother to her grandchildren. In 1990 they retired from farming and built a home in Ames, Iowa.
Wanda enjoyed gardening, baking, rock collecting, spending time with her grandchildren, and the holidays, with Christmas being her favorite.
Wanda passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, at the age of 83, after a sudden and brief battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents Harold and Ruth, her father and mother in-law Joe and Sarah (Hamer) Maier, brother Wayne, and son-in-law Steve Lunning.
Survivors include her children Cindy Lunning of Ames, Cathy (Al) Van Kley of Ankeny, Chris (Kevin) Brooks of Slater, Tom (Rhonda) Maier of Nevada, grandchildren Holly Brooks of West Des Moines, Ryan Brooks of Des Moines, Mitch (Emily) Van Kley of Ankeny, Tate and Nate Maier of Nevada, step-grandsons Jeff (Linda) Van Kley of Flossmoor, IL and Jamie Van Kley of Urbandale, step-great-grandchildren Tyler Van Kley of Flossmoor, IL and Kaitlyn Van Kley of Urbandale, brother Ron (Leila) Hemmen of Webster City, sister-in-laws Carol Hemmen of Webster City, Lorene Maier of Eagle Grove, Virginia Maher of Westfield, New Jersey, Vernice Maier of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and good friend Margaret Williamson of Eagle Grove.
A celebration of life memorial will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 2-4 pm at Bacon Funeral Home in Nevada, Iowa, with a short service starting at 2:30 pm and reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, a "Wanda Maier Memorial Fund" has been established at First National Bank, 405 5th St., Ames, IA 50010, to be used for memorial contributions.
Bacon Funeral Home
1418 Faucet Pkwy Nevada, IA 50201
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 21, 2014