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February 6, 1929 – Saturday, October 17, 2009

Service Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, October 22, 2009
7:00PM

Visitation Information

Wanda L. Prange (Mehle), age 80, of Buffalo Minnesota died on Saturday October 17th 2009 at her home in Buffalo, Minnesota with family by her side.

Wanda was born on February 6, 1929 in Altamont, South Dakota the daughter of Fred and Pearl Mehle.

She grew up in Altamont and was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Altamont.

Wanda graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1947 and then obtained her teaching certificate.

On March 5, 1950 Wanda L. Mehle and Allan G. Prange were joined in marriage in Altamont South Dakota. God blessed their marriage with seven children.

Wanda briefly taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in South Dakota and at the end of her working years returned to helping students as a Title I teacher’s aide, playground supervisor, and classroom aide for many years in the Buffalo, Minnesota school district.

In the intervening years, she had a part-time job as a bookkeeper in the Toronto, South Dakota grain elevator and as a relief cook in the Wright County Jail.

Wanda’s most challenging job was as a mother to her 7 children. She and Allan began raising their family on a farm near Bemis, South Dakota then moved to Toronto where they lived for many years until moving to Buffalo, Minnesota in 1967.

Wanda had many hobbies. She enjoyed embroidery work, gardening, sewing clothing, cooking, reading, having coffee with friends and neighbors, and most important of all—spending time with her family.

Survived by her children: Ellen Southall of Batavia, New York, E. Gayle (Reed) Carlson of Cokato, Nancy (Jack) Wold of Corcoran, Loren (Cindy) Prange of Minneapolis, Anita (Steve) McManus of Buffalo, David Prange of Howard Lake and Lisa (Bil) Keenan of Monticello; ten Grandchildren: Amanda Sylvester, Ryan & Kevin Carlson, Jeff Southall, Trent, Garret & Grant Wold, Kaylie McManus and Emily & Lily Keenan; Great Grandchildren: Maria, Janelle and Logan Sylvester & Harrison and Dominic Southall; one Sister: Wylla (A.C.) Whitlow of Castle Rock, Colorado; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband: Allan, parents: Fred and Pearl Mehle, Sister: Darla Skinner & son-in-law: Gary Griffith.

A Prayer Service for Wanda Prange will be held on Thursday October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota with visitation from 4-8.

A funeral service will be held on Friday October 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, South Dakota with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment follows the service at The Lake View Cemetery in Clear Lake, South Dakota.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jodi Olson

    I am so sorry for your loss, Mrs Prangeþ was a very caring lady. She was working at the Tatanka Elementry when I was there and she was also my neighbor. I remember that she always had a big garden and she was always so loving and was will to do anything for anybody. She really touched my life when I was a child. I am sure that she will be greatly missed.

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  2. Lisa Fashant-Kasper

    My sincere condolences to the Prange family…I remember Wanda when she was the playground aid when I was in grade school in Buffalo. I believe that my mom, Helen and Wanda worked together at the jail in Buffalo also..May God give you the strength to get through this very difficult time.

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  3. Lisa Fashant-Kasper

    My sincere condolences to the Prange family…I remember Wanda when she was the playground aid when I was in grade school in Buffalo. I believe that my mom, Helen and Wanda worked together at the jail in Buffalo also..May God give you the strength to get through this very difficult time.

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  4. IRENE BURKE

    My condolences & prayers are with Anita McManus & her family & all of Mrs.Prange Family during the loss of your Mother.

    Sincerely
    Irene Burke

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  5. Marv and Lois Kuiper

    May the memories of your mom warm your hearts in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

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