Wanda Mae VanBuskirk(1937 - 2018)

Longtime Alaskan and Ridgeway resident Wanda Mae VanBuskirk, 80, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at home.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna. Deacon David Carey will officiate. A reception will follow after the Mass.

Wanda was born Oct. 21, 1937 in Nampa, Idaho. She moved to Alaska 56 years ago and lived in Anchorage, Kenai, Fort Yukon, Eagle and Tok, ultimately calling Ridgeway home.

She was an excellent seamstress as well as knitter. She was also a crochet master.

Her family wrote, "She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and cherished friend. She had a vivacious spirit and was full of life and laughter. She was her husband's best and closest friend for over 50 years. Her absence on this earth will be felt deeply. We miss her already."

Wanda is survived by her husband, Karl VanBuskirk, Sr.; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Michael Fick and their children Stephen, Aleatha, Arlen and Marianna; daughter and son-in-law Gail and Ken Westover and their children Jedidiah and Alisa; son and daughter-in-law Karl and Mica VanBuskirk and their children John and Katheryn; daughter Nancy VanBuskirk and her daughter Stephanie; and great-grandchildren Tonali, Kiena, Wyatt, Gunnar and Emmett.

Rather than flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be given to the Ronald McDonald House or Boy Scouts of America.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Funeral Home

Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611

Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 31, 2018