Wanda Hatter

  • "I am so sorry for your loss,I have just found out and can..."
    - Helen Sutton
  • "Can't believe it's been over six months that you've been..."
    - Melissa Hatter
  • "I'm sorry for you loss Melissa. Hope things become better..."
    - Shannon Hawkins
  • "Dear Jean, Harry, Melissa and all of her beloved Family,..."
    - Hilda Kroener
  • "Dear Jean, Harry, Melissa and all of her beloved Family,..."
    - Hilda Kroener

Longtime Anchorage resident Wanda Karwowski Hatter, 55, died April 6, 2011, at Providence Alaska Medical Center surrounded by friends and family. The cause of death was due to complications after septic shock.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Alaska Center for Spiritual Living, 929 E. 81st Ave., building 105, with a reception after.

Wanda was born March 3, 1956, in Rochester, N.H. She graduated from Dimond High School in 1975 and received an associate's degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in food service technology.

She worked with the Anchorage School District for 28 years as a cafeteria manager. She was currently working at Service High School but had previously worked at Muldoon and Northwood elementary schools. She also worked as a personal care assistant with Trinion Quality Care.

Wanda was a foster mother to more than 75 children. She loved her work with students and seniors.

Wanda enjoyed cooking, creating her own recipes and was always ready to bake a cake fit for any occasion. She enjoyed clamming and fishing with family and playing bingo with friends. She especially loved her time last summer in Perryville with her fiance Harry Kosbruk; riding 4-wheelers, fishing and playing on the beach with her dog, Duke, who was always at her side.

"Wanda's love was felt by all. She was devoted to her family and always the one to bring people together," her family wrote. "She really loved people and often put them before herself."

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Sue Hatter of Anchorage; fiance, Harry Kosbruk of Perryville; mother, Jean Karwowski of Eagle River; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Kevin Headly of Anchorage; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Cynthia Karwowski of Anchorage; brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Claire Karwowski of Homer; former husband, Daryl Hatter of Anchorage; and several nieces, nephews and a grand-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her father, Theodore Karwowski.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Wanda's name to your favorite charity.


Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2011