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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
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Elsie Wanta

Elsie A. Wanta

Tuesday, February 6th, 1940 - Saturday, December 26th, 2020
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Elsie A. Wanta, age 80, of Shantytown, was called to heaven on December 26th, 2020 to be with her husband, Bill.

Elsie was born February 6, 1940 to Nickolas and Ann (Cychosz) Somers in Stevens Point. She attended Bruski School, graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School, UWSP, and Cosmetology school. On February 19, 1966 she married Bill Wanta at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Polonia. Bill and Elsie were founding members of the Shantytown Snowmobile Club. They were members of the EAA since 1984, and they enjoyed volunteering at the EAA airshow in Oshkosh. They also belonged to The Glacier Ridge Antique Tractor Club.

Elsie began her career as a beautician over 45 years ago, at Belva’s Beauty Shop in Stevens Point. Later, she owned and operated her own business- Elsie’s Beauty Salon, in Shantytown. Her career enabled her to meet and make many life-long friends. Elsie was on the Rosholt School Board for many years. She was also on the Bevent Town Board, the Bevent Zoning Committee, and was a Town of Bevent poll worker for numerous years.

Elsie was a coordinator for Youth for Understanding for 25 years. She placed foreign exchange students from 20 different countries with local families, which she truly enjoyed doing. Her hobbies included canning, gardening, making homemade “sticky buns” for family and friends, as well as watching the Packers and NASCAR. She was thrilled when her driver, Chase Elliot, won the 2020 Championship. What Elsie loved the most, was spending time with her two granddaughters.

Elsie is survived by her three children: Naomi Wanta, Stevens Point; Bill (Amy) Wanta, Stevens Point; Jason (Jake) Wanta, Rosholt. Two granddaughters: Peyton and Sadie Wanta. One brother: Nickolas (Dianne) Somers, Stevens Point; many nieces and nephews, and five exchange students that Bill and Elsie hosted over the years from various countries. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Bill.

A private service will be held at Shuda Funeral Chapel 3200 Stanley St, Stevens Point. A Celebration of Elsie’s Life will be held this summer.

The family would like to thank Hatley EMS, the staff at Marshfield Medical Center-Weston, and Nick and Dianne Somers for all the help through this difficult time.
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Sharon Wysocki

Posted at 11:18am
Bill, Amy, Peyton, Sadie;
Nick & Dianne;
Elsie was a special part of our family, not only thru her work with YFU, but because of the connection to your families. She is fondly thought of. Prayers sent to you as you remember those fond memories. Peace, Sharon & Jim Wysocki and family

Brad and Stacey Russell

Posted at 03:17pm
Bill and Amy, our condolences to you and your family.
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Gabriele McConnell

Posted at 10:09am
Naomi, I was sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
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Henrik Arvin

Posted at 02:26pm
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Henrik Arvin

Posted at 02:20pm
Back in 1989-1990 the Wanta family opened their Home for me as an Exchange student at Rosholt High School. To this point that Year remains one of the best periodes Of my past. This partly due to the excitement of living in a new country and culture - but mostly due to the warmness, big hearts, great humor, open mindness and honesty I felt from this family.
Elsie had everything I could have hoped for in a (host) mother - and it was never strange to call her and talk even years had past.
Elsie was sleeping the day I called this Christmas so I had a good talk with Naomi instead trusting that i would catch up with Elsie another day.
....that day now has to wait but I sure hope that I will get a chance to see her and Bill again on the other side and I’m happy that out Of the billions of people on Earth they where among the persons I should meet in this life.

Love from Denmark.
Henrik & Family

Pictures: Elsie didn’t like that I took pictures of her - which i think this picture shows pretty good.
The other picture, where we both are in, is from the airport when I went back home.

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