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Wana (Prichard) Baldus

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BALDUS, WANA M. PRICHARD HELLER; age 90; passed away August 11, 2013; at home with her family by her side. She was born August 2, 1923, in Adrian Michigan the daughter of Byron and Geneva Prichard. She moved to Dexter at the age of 3. After graduating from Dexter High Class of 1940, she attended the Clara Ford Nurses Home Arts School in Detroit. She was selected to speak at the graduation ceremony where she was seated with Henry and Clara Ford for dinner. In 1945 she married her high school sweetheart Neil Heller. They were married 17 years before Neil's untimely death. In 1964 she married Don Baldus, moving to his farm in Webster Township. Amongst her many accomplishments, she was most proud of her 35 years as Webster Township Clerk. She was often heard saying, "I don't know why I retired so soon." She was 82 years old at the time. Survivors include her cherished brother, Gordon Prichard and her 5 children: Nick (Mary Dee) Heller, Jim (Linda) Heller, Barbara (Louie) Marr, Donny (Norma) Heller and Tom (Ann) Heller. She had 13 grandchildren, 8 great grand children, nieces and nephews, sisters and brother-in-law including her very special sister-in-law Ann Merkel. Her parents, her husbands, Neil Heller and Donald Baldus and her sister Barbara Prichard Hainsworth, preceded her in death. She embraced the community of Dexter. She was active in the Methodist church for a number of years before joining Webster Church in 1964. She belonged to the Dexter Historical Society, Dexter Antiquarians, and Historic Guild, the Dexter Senior Center, the local Farm Bureau and the Webster Historical Society. Services were held, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Webster United Church of Christ. Contributions can be made to Arbor Hospice or a .
Published in Heritage on Aug. 15, 2013
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