Wanda Petersen passed away unexpectedly in a tragic car accident on Oct. 21, 2020, at the age of 53.
Wanda was born on March 13, 1967 in St. Paul, Minn., to Edward and Elizabeth Evelyn (Lynch) Petersen. The family later moved to Belton, Texas, where she graduated high school.
Wanda married Chris Vorhies in 1983; they had two children, Christopher and Jennifer, and later divorced.
She later attended Rasmussen Business College, studying cosmetology and accounting. Over the years, she was employed with Imation and U.S. Bank, but she identified most with her greatest calling and born identity – being a stay-at-home mom (and eventually grandma, her favorite role).
Wanda was known for her unique, zany sense of humor and life-of-the-party personality! She had a contagious laugh, and she was delighted whenever she could get others to laugh. She was just plain fun to be around, a much-loved “kid at heart” who cared deeply about her family and friends.
Wanda was a talented gardener and was naturally creative – she loved sparkle and bling and enjoyed makeup and all things “girly”. Most of all, she was also known for her strength, kindness, tenderheartedness, and compassion. Even if she had little, she happily shared whatever she had with others.
She loved camping, boating, biking, shopping, playing pool, pull-tabs, and more – she had a flair for partying and making sure everyone had a good time. Wanda had a huge, unforgettable personality and wasn’t afraid to share her opinion about anything, from patriotism to politics! But most of all, her love for her kids and deep devotion to her grandkids shone above all else – she was truly happiest when her kids and her grandkids were all together around her.
Wanda is preceded in death by her grandfather Nells George Petersen (Eleanor), father Edward Petersen, mother Elizabeth Petersen, and two grandsons, Quinten and Sebastian Beckman.
Wanda is lovingly remembered by her sister Brenda Petersen, brother Edward Petersen, daughter Jennifer Beckman (Mark), and son Christopher Vorhies. She was the devoted grandma to Collin Vorhies and to Kayden, Coaltyn, Treison, Sevayah, Quarbin, and Eisley Beckman (and another little Beckman on the way). She is also missed by her nieces and nephews: Lori, Beverly, Chad, Jaclyn, Eddie, Mandy, Ashley, Cindy, and Destiny.
A Celebration of Wanda’s life will be held Friday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. visitation will precede the service) at Wolf Creek United Methodist Church, 2417 River Road, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024. Burial will follow the service at Wolf Creek Cemetery. All are welcome to join Wanda’s family at Wolf Creek Bar and Grill immediately afterwards for food, drinks, and continued celebration.
From Wanda’s family: Although she left us far too soon and far too young, we will never forget Wanda, our precious mom, our grandma, and sister forever. We would like to express their sincere gratitude to you for your continued prayers and support!