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Dec. 19, 1926–March 1, 2024

Ida Wanner, 97, passed away peacefully in the care of hospice, at home in Lakewood, Colorado, on March 1, 2024.

Ida was born Dec. 19, 1926, at Wishek, North Dakota, the daughter of Christian and Christina (Schilling) Unruh.

On Nov. 16, 1947, Ida married Ferdinand (Fred) Wanner in Wishek. They moved to Jamestown, North Dakota, where they lived for many years and raised five children.

In April 1996, they moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota. They became members of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newcastle, Wyoming. Ida was active in her neighborhood, local elementary school and church. She enjoyed walks, Yahtzee, watching wildlife, growing geraniums with saucer size red blooms, Red Hats, and hosting neighbors, friends and family.

In 2015, she moved to Colorado.

She is survived by her children, Bernice (Ronald) Hjort, Oakland, Oregon, Phyllis (Jim) Johnson, Lakewood, Ralph (Patricia) Wanner, Carbondale, Colorado, Dwight Wanner, Mesa, Arizona; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as two sisters and two brothers.

She was preceded in death by husband, Fred; daughter, Linda; her parents; seven brothers; and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests memorial donations for Bethlehem Early Learning Center, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80214, the Alzheimer’s Association “Care & Support,” 455 N Sherman St, Ste 500, Denver, CO 80202, or Christ the King Lutheran Church, 224 W Rd, Newcastle, WY 82401.

A celebration of Ida’s life is scheduled at 11 a.m., June 26, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Newcastle, with a luncheon to follow.


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