May 24, 2024

Wanda Depperschmidt

Wanda Depperschmidt, 83, succumbed to a brief battle with cancer on July 14, 2017. She was born February 21, 1934 to Augustine and Catherine Depperschmidt at the family farm in Grinnell, Kansas.

 Wanda went to first and second grades at Grinnell grade school, then the family moved to Oakley where she graduated from high school in 1952. Wanda graduated from nurses training at Marymount College, Salina, Kansas in 1955. As a strong, independent woman who made her own decisions, Wanda moved to New Jersey and worked in a hospital for one year. This was followed by two years at the New York Metropolitan Hospital as an operating room nurse before moving to Denver in January of 1962. From 1962 until 1980, she was the night supervisor of nurses at St. Joseph Hospital. In 1980, Wanda began working nights in the OB department, this was her most favorite part of nursing. Wanda retired in 2000, but remained on call until 2003 when she moved to Scott City.

Wanda loved animals, especially cats, and volunteered at the Denver Cat Care Society from 1988 until she moved back to Kansas. Volunteering became a way of life as she spent numerous hours volunteering her time at the recycling center at Scott City. 

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Daniel. A sister, Jeanine Call, of Hays; a brother, Tom, of Oakley; and 12 nieces and nephews, survive her.

Wanda donated her body to science research through KU Medical Center.