CHARLESTON – Heaven gained another angel on August 23, 2019, when Wanda J. McNary went home to be with the Lord. Born March 2, 1931 in rural Casey, daughter of Parmer and Grace (Carson) Etnire. She will be dearly missed by her husband of 69 years, Richard; her children Vicki Starwalt (Jerry) of Destin, FL and Debbie Gamble (Bill) of Bourbonnais; grandchildren: Amy Bohmer (Brad) of Chicago, Wade Starwalt of Destin, FL, Kaylee Macedo (Bobby) of Park Ridge, Mindy Gamble of Bourbonnais, Jase Gamble of Chicago; great-granddaughters: Bridget Bohmer and Brooke Macedo. She also leaves one sister, Marge Conley, of Charleston, and two brothers, Gene Etnire and Darry Etnire of Charleston, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Virginia Carpenter, and two brothers-in-law Max Carpenter and Dave Conley.
Her graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2019 at Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. There will be a Celebration of Life luncheon at the Moose following the burial.
Wanda and Richard owned/operated the Charleston Skating Rink early in their lives and made many life long friends. She worked at Moore Business Forms, Charleston FS, and the Bank of Charleston. She retired from EIU, where she worked in the Police Department. Her favorite role was as mom and grandma. In her retirement, she volunteered though the Senior Center, worked as an election judge, was active with the Women of the Moose, and loved playing Bingo at the Moose with her BFF Rosie Hildebrand. She attended church at Friendship Baptist Church.
Wanda’s door was always open to visitors and you could often find her and Richard on the front porch with neighbors who became like family. She loved the Destin sun, Christmas presents, and shopping with her girls. But nothing made her happier than spending time with her family, whom she loved – deeply and unconditionally.
Memorials may be made to Women of the Moose and Lincolnland Hospice.