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Wanda D. Valler

Wanda Horton (Fisher) Valler passed away Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell, with loving family at her side.

Wanda was born November 12, 1934 at William Crispe Hospital in Plainwell, daughter of Darl and Mable (Warren) Horton. She lived in the area all of her life, graduating from Otsego High School in 1953. For over 33 years, Wanda was an employee of Otsego Public Schools in various positions.

She was treasured and admired by OHS students and staff throughout the years. Wanda was the first female to receive recognition for her commitment to amateur athletic from the Wolverine Conference Board of Governors in August 1995, a distinction of which she was very proud.

During her senior years, Wanda truly enjoyed organizing and participating in bus trips with Pete and other senior citizens to experience social events around the area. In 1954, Wanda was joined in marriage with Russell Fisher and together they raised their family.

Wanda and Russ chose different paths and Wanda discovered the love she was intended to share in her golden years when she married Peter O. Valler Sr. in 1998. They had 22 years together before he passed away in 2020. Wanda was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She cherished her family and they brought her so much joy.

Wanda is survived by children, Brad Fisher, Shawn (Ronald) Gleason; step-children, Terry Valler, Peter (Karla) Valler, Jr., and Andrew (Susan) Valler; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and other beloved friends and family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Peter O. Valler Sr.; sister, Toni Booth; daughter, Sandra Richards; step-daughter, Debra Mapes and step-grandson, Austin Valler.

Visitation will take place at Winkel Funeral Home, Monday, September 5, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m.

A luncheon will follow at the Otsego United Methodist Church.

Family and friends may then proceed to Mountain Home Cemetery where burial will take place at 1:30 p.m.

Those attending the funeral are encouraged to wear Detroit Tigers apparel.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in memory of Wanda be made to the Otsego High School Athletics Program or the

National Arthritis Foundation

.

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Kathi Fuss

August 31, 2022 at 7:15 pm

So sorry to read of Wanda’s passing. She was a great lady and I loved working with her when I was at the high school . Wanda kept OHS athletics on track. I value having had her as my friend ❤️❤️ Hugs and prayers to all the family

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Linda & Fritz Spreitzer

August 31, 2022 at 7:17 pm

SO SORRY!!!

Wanda was a Very Special Lady and loved by so many!!!

Praying that God will wrap each of you in His loving arms and give you His strength and comfort!!!

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Carolyn McAdam

August 31, 2022 at 7:25 pm

Sorry your your family’s loss. May Wanda rest in peace.

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C.A.Bowen

August 31, 2022 at 7:34 pm

Love and will miss you Mom #2.

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Gary and Barb Rhoades

August 31, 2022 at 8:55 pm

Wanda was such an important part of the Athletic Department at Otsego High School! She helped student athletes, coaches and administrators. She was a loving person that put her heart into all she did for OHS. She’ll always be lovingly remembered.

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Sally Betzner

August 31, 2022 at 9:39 pm

Sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady and I have many memories of making her job at school a very busy one. She knew me well but always treated me as a friend.

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Jacque Nulty Drobny

August 31, 2022 at 9:50 pm

Wanda was a Brownie Scout assistant to my mother, Maureen Nulty, who was a Brownie leader, and if I remember right,, she was an assistant leader at Camp Merriewood.

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Marcia Joyce (Howard) Springsteen

September 1, 2022 at 9:37 am

Sending prayers that God will comfort all of you. I wish I had been closer to everyone but we all went our separate ways. I was related through the Horton family. I am the last one remaining. Wanda was my favorite cousin. RIP Wanda!!

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Tifany

September 1, 2022 at 11:45 am

Thank you for being the best Aunt a girl could ask for. I miss you and love you. To Shawn and Brad and all my other cousins, I am so sorry for your loss. My love and prayers are with all of you.

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Joan R Walters

September 1, 2022 at 7:18 pm

So sorry to hear of Wanda’s passing. I have known Wanda all of my life, from her being the daughter-in-law of my parent’s good friends the Fishers, to being with the school system when I was a student and then as a teacher. She was a force in the Athletic Department and throughout the high school. My thoughts and prayers go out to Brad, Shawn and the family.

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Sherry Schumaker

September 1, 2022 at 9:46 pm

Wanda was a great role model in her roles at Otsego High School for all us girls who worked with her. Later she was a great Mother-in-law to me and a wonderful Meme to Tera, Glen and their kids. Rest In Peace Wanda and enjoy your reunion with family in heaven.

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Kelley DePauw

September 2, 2022 at 10:22 am

Wanda was a huge part of OHS! Whenever you saw her she always had a smile on her face and a kind word. We need more Wanda’s in this world. RIP Wanda, you will be missed but always lovingly remembered. To the family

Kelley DePauw-Ayers

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Jack Allen Tucker

September 2, 2022 at 12:11 pm

I worked closely with Wanda for 20 years in the Otsego High School Athletic Department. She was a hard worker and cared about all our students. Judy and I are sad to hear of her passing. Our prayers go out to all her family

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Kevin & Jeanne (Merrill) Lewis

September 2, 2022 at 1:25 pm

She was always so nice to everyone who met her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. May She Rest In Peace!

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Dawn King

September 7, 2022 at 5:05 am

My heartfelt condolences to the family. Wanda was a remarkable woman. She was a walking treasure of details and exceptionally sharp in her recall of the history of Otsego Athletics, or the names of student athletes. She established hand written lists and created a trove of sport history through systems she managed in order to keep it all straight in her administration of the game/events details of sports at OHS for many years. Jack Moss at the Kalamazoo Gazette once referred to her as: “A Legend”, in an article he wrote about her career years in service to the kids of our community. She had a genuine smile and a heart of adventure for her friends, but an undying passion of support for kids in sports and her greatest treasure, Her family.

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Troy Olsen

October 3, 2022 at 9:28 am

She was one of my best memories of high school. A total sweetheart. I enjoyed spending time with her. Think about her often. My condolences to the family on the loss of a wonderful woman.

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