WEBER (FRANZEN), WANDA PELTZER, age 76, of Winter Springs passed away peacefully on January 9 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Eastern Europe, she survived the turmoil and deprivation of a refugee for seven years during WWII. At age 16, she and her family emigrated from Austria to St. Paul, MN. There she met and married Erwin Peltzer, her husband for 42 years. In 1968, they moved to Winter Park where Wanda discovered her role, not only as the mother of five children, but also as a successful business woman. Together with her husband, she built quality executive homes in the Central Florida area under the corporate name of Peltzer Construction Co. In addition, she earned her real estate license so that they could list and sell their own properties and those of many other clients who would become dear friends. In her later years, Wanda began a new career as a massage therapist, working in exclusive hotel spas and delivering her magic touch to those in need. For the past 10 years she taught watercolor classes at the Mayflower in Winter Park. She enjoyed sharing her talent and knowledge with all of her students whom became a very special part of her life. Even with her busy work schedule, family always came first. She was an amazing and supportive mother, always there to listen and offer advice, instilling family values and loyalty, and bringing tremendous fun, joy and laughter into her children and grandchildren's lives. Shortly before Erwin passed away in 1999, Wanda was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout the harsh treatments of chemotherapy and its side effects, she kept her sense of humor and had a fierce determination to survive. She went into remission and remained cancer free for 11 years. Wanda was one of those rare individuals lucky enough to find love a second time in life. In2004 she married Howard "Bud" Weber with whom she spent 9 wonderful and loving years. They traveled the world together, touring Europe and cruising the seas; as well as spending romantic candlelit dinners at home. She especially enjoyed Bud's elaborate gourmet meals. Bud and Wanda each brought with them into their marriage five children and combined their families into one, making them all feel welcome and a part of their lives. Wanda had many talents, most notably that of an accomplished artist. Her lifetime of evocative works convey the simple beauty found in each day illuminated by her inner sparkle. Her finished works clearly depict the balance and sensitivity she had been taught by life itself. She was an active member of the American Watercolor Society and the Sanford Seminole Art Association. Her award-winning works can be found throughout Central Florida where she painted for the sheer joy and celebration of her life and loving family. She will always be remembered and deeply missed by her entire family and many friends. In addition to her husband, Wanda is immediately survived by her brother Herbert Franzen of St. Petersburg; sons Michael Peltzer |
(Barbara), Paul Peltzer, Kurt Peltzer (Lynda); daughters Heid Karns (Boyd), Christl Forza (Dennis); grandchildren Holly Peltzer,
Alexander Bell & Marie Karns and Zander & Zoe Forza. Extended family includes: Paul Weber
(Megan), John Weber (Denise),
David Weber (Liesel), Claudia
Estes, Michael Barbee (Candy), grandchildren Thomas, Cassie, Chelsea, Jessica, Carl J. and great grandchild Aden; many relatives in Minnesota and Germany. She will also be dearly missed by her soul sisters Billie Giffin and Carol
Strahan, as well as her special "dinner party" group. Friends are invited to an open house Celebration of Life featuring Wanda's artwork on Saturday, January 19th at the Tuscawilla Country Club from 2pm-6pm.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 11, 2013