Wanda Rose Obenchain — Rochester

Wanda Rose Obenchain, 88, of Rochester, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

Wanda was born in Warren Township on Oct. 25, 1927, to Alfred and Erna (Foell) Ronnenberg. She graduated from Winona High School in 1946. Wanda attended Winona State and the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State Teachers College in 1950. She taught math in Hector, Hutchinson and at Central Junior High and Lourdes High Schools in Rochester.

Wanda met Raleigh Obenchain in 1958 and they married on Dec. 17, 1960, at St. Martin's in Winona. The couple made their home in Rochester. They both shared a joy of laughter and life and traveled together throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Great Britain and down under. She loved playing games, bridge, cooking, traveling and crossword puzzles.

Wanda is survived by her husband; daughter Ann Obenchain of Lyons, Colo.; sisters Carol Evenson and Donna Ferdinansen, both of Winona, Gloria Blonde of Shawano, Wisc.; and many generations of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters Beverly Praxel and Janice Lee.

The memorial service for Wanda will be Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at 11 a.m at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, with Pastor Nancy Wheeler-Handlon officiating. The visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Christ United Methodist Church or the family. Online condolences are welcome at