Published 3/1/2013 in ObituariesMONTEZUMA — Wanda E. Redger, 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Bethel Home Inc., in Montezuma.
She was born Aug. 27, 1930, in Weatherford, Okla., to Jessie and Emma Dirks Nightengale.
On June 8, 1952, she married Art Redger. He died Nov. 1, 1961. She then moved to Montezuma and had worked at Bethel Home for 37 years as a housekeeper. In 2002, she moved into the Bethel Home apartments. In 2005, she retired from her job at Bethel Home.
Survivors include a daughter, Diane Peoples of Weatherford; a son, Jay Redger of Montezuma; two brothers, Eli Nightengale of Peoria, Ariz., and Glen Nightengale of Montezuma; a sister, Emily Jane Giesbrecht of Rouge River, Ore.; and a grandson. In addition to her husband, she also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Teryl Redger; a grandson; and two sisters, Pauline Koehn and Elizabeth Nightengale.
Funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Homeland Mennonite Church, Montezuma. Burial will follow at Homeland Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Visitation hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. today at Swaim Funeral Chapel of Montezuma and 4 to 5 p.m. today at Bethel Home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to Bethel Home, in care of the funeral home.
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Aunt Wanda, was a strong
stern,women. Raising her three children alone.She said what she wanted with her hand covering her mouth, but loud enough to be heard
then you would look at her and she would have that twinkle in her eye and she would smile or give a giggle.Then you were left to ponder on the message she was leaving you with. I always wanted to probe more, but you were placed in the (I'm your elder and you are to listen and not be heard.)Aunt Wanda was the mystic of mystery to me. The last time I was with her, she was still so youthful looking at the age of 80 with a few bruises upon her. As I looked at her she was still amazing to me speaking under her hand and looking with that twinkle in her eye! I reached towards her just gave her this huge hug! Wouldn't let go because in that short time my mind ran through the life I shared with her; good,bad the unknowing. In the 39 years of being in the family through marriage. I wanted her to know that I came to the realization she showed me that she was giving me life's messages of love in her way, not my way. As you weave in and out of family life you just have to take your opportunity when you have it. Take it worth the value that's in your heart. We both knew that this would probably be the last time we shared our time of life together both strong women not submissive in our own ways. This was the very first time we ever touched each other. I reach into the unknown barrier poured my every being into her and there I felt that hug was being returned her arms were hugging me. The mystic and the mystery being solved together. This is how I shall always remember Aunt Wanda, We both had tears in our eyes and as we pulled away from each other. We both smiled. My heart was feeling good. Diane and Jay all my love to you from the passing of your mother. You will remember her, your heart will cry for ever. As they say you are now completely orphaned on your own,you shall want her back with you even if it was a burden sometimes but knowing she is with her Lord and the Lord Jesus is with you, remember that as your heart cry's. Love to you both. Charlotte
Posted by: Delano & Charlotte Koehn on 3/1/2013