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Wanda A. DeSonia


December 11, 2019

Wanda A. DeSonia, 97, passed Nov. 19, 2019 with family at her side.

Born Jan. 4, 1922, in Landa, N.D., to Olga and Peter Utgaard, she was the youngest of five children, of which she was the last surviving sibling.

She married Charles DeSonia in 1939 at which time they moved to Minneapolis, Minn. While there, Boyd and Sandi were born.

Upon Charles entering the Navy, Wanda, Boyd, and Sandi went to Landa to live with her parents.

When Charles returned the family moved to Glendive, Mont., in the mid '40s. After a few years in Glendive two more children were born, Dennis, who passed in infancy, and Roger. The family always considered Glendive as home where Wanda worked at the Beanery as a waitress.

Charles' work brought the family to Glasgow, Mont. Wanda worked at Woodworks waitressing. She later worked for Neubauer & Gray Dentistry and also with Sam Espeland Dentistry.

After Charles was diagnosed with MS she was his caregiver for seven years. Charles passed on in 1982.

At the age of 60 Wanda attended Drivers Ed and received her first driver's license. Also at this time Wanda went to work at Valley View Nursing Home in the kitchen and dining room. She worked there until she was 79 at which time she retired.

She enjoyed playing bingo, pinochle, doing crosswords and word search, knitting and crocheting.

Wanda loved her game shows on TV and also "Game Night" at home with multiple family members.

She is survived by Sandi Gardner, Glasgow, Roger DeSonia, Kalispell, Mont., and Kathy DeSonia, Paso Robles, Calif.; grandchildren Garret Gardner, Glasgow, Dallas and Bridgette Gardner, Billings, Mont., Cory and Jodi Gardner, Battle Creek, Mich., Shane and Char Gardner, Pocatello, Idaho, Kylene DeSonia, Kalispell, Josh and Kali Foster, Helena, Mont., Chad and Lisa DeSonia, Everett, Wash., Dawn DeSonia, Paso Robles, and Charles DeSonia, Paso Robles; several nieces and nephews, and some 39 great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Sandi always called Mom a "Prayer Warrior" as she kept a booklet of names that she was asked to pray for. She did her devotions early in the monring.

She was a very caring person, a very loved person and will forever be a very missed person.

At this time no services are planned. Mom did not like the cold so we will wait for warmer weather to honor her.


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