Wanda B Tomasko
Virden – Wanda B Tomasko, 88 of Virden, IL passed away Thursday November 13, 2014 at St. John’s Hospice, Springfield, IL.
Wanda was born December 12, 1925 in North Otter Township, IL a daughter of Russell and Laura (Bridwell) Malsbury. She married Earl Tomasko March 8, 1946 in Virden, IL. Wanda was a life long member of the First Christian Church, Virden, IL.
Wanda attended Sugar Creek Country School and went to Virden High School at the age of twelve graduating at the age of sixteen in 1942 and was a Drum Major for the Virden High School marching band. Wanda attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL, because that was one of the few schools that accepted sixteen year olds as students. While at Millikin she worked on the Manhattan Project and was a member of the Theta Upsilon Sorority and played on the Millikin University basketball team. She helped her husband Earl with their dairy farm prior to teaching school in Thayer and later for the Virden and Girard School Districts. She was a member and past worthy matron with the Eastern Star, past member and treasurer of the Virden Baseball Association, and with her husband coached girls softball. Wanda and Earl’s proudest achievement was raising ten children and trying to never miss a game their children or grandchildren were playing.
Surviving Wanda are her daughters, Marilyn (Donald) James of Gresham, OR, Janice, Jean, Judie, Julia Tomasko and Kellie Austif all of Virden, IL, a son James (companion, Barb Radtke) Tomasko of Rochester, IL, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Preceding Wanda in death was her husband Earl Tomasko, sons, Russell and Steven Tomasko and a brother-in-law, Albert Dale Tomasko.
Visitation will be from Noon Monday November 17, 2014 until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, Virden, IL with Rev. John Huxtable officiating. Brian Neuman will be the organist. Honorary Pallbearers are Wayne Nichols, Jerry Stewart, Bob Humphrey and Dave O’Dell. Pallbearers are Hannah, Lydia, Evan, Joe, Ben and Sean Tomasko, Ellen and Stephen Beckwith, Kyle Austif and Kyle Heriford. Burial will be in Virden Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Virden, IL. Please visit calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com to leave a comment for the family.