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Official Obituary of

Wanda L. Schrader

August 27, 1933 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Wanda Schrader Obituary

Wanda L. Schrader passed from this life unexpectedly on January 28 2024 at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Wanda was born August 27, 1933 in Chillicothe, Ohio to the late Ray and Maxine (Detty) Barclay.  Surviving Wanda is her devoted husband of 71 plus years, Jack, and their daughter, Annamarie Schrader (Kent), of Vermont.  Her younger siblings, Robert (Patricia), of Chillicothe and Pam Bostwick (Bruce), of Savoy, Illinois.

Preceding her in death were siblings, Verneda (Chuck) Sims, Ray Jr. (Bucky) Barclay, Joyce (Roger) Walker and Sharon Myers.

Wanda was a self-made, independent woman, having started work at age 9, taking on the cleaning jobs of her two older sisters, Verneda and Maxine.  Shortly after graduating from Chillicothe High School she began a 45-year career at the Mead Corporation.  Her first job was in the Store Room and like many women of her era she was skilled at short-hand, transcription and typing.  She left the Store Room to take a job in Engineering, then eventually worked for several “Plant Managers” over the years.  Along with the Plant Manager of the time, there might be 11 more men she would also be supporting.  Wanda loved her job and was very conscientious.  Among her many responsibilities were such things as being in charge of the Annual 25-year dinner; organizing the “Make a Wish Program;” distributing the “esteemed” Cincinnati Reds box seats; and just before retiring, volunteering with several other Mead comrades to support the 1993 Missouri flood victims.  It is important to mention at the end of her career, Wanda was one of a few Executive Assistants, if not, the only Executive Assistant working at the Mead to be awarded a “buyout” when she retired.

She loved pets, especially dogs.  Throughout her long life, she and her husband, shared the farm with many dogs.  Her last “furry companion,” Hallie, died just this past October at the age of 16.  Wanda was creative, and her keen eye for color made our home “comforting, fun and very interesting.”  She was an incredible “nester.”  When not working at the paper mill, she was frequently painting our home a new palette or collecting antiques to add a touch of flair.

Over the years she became an avid gardener.  Her love of the sun and flowers kept her outdoors for long hours, in spite of painful bouts of rheumatoid arthritis and increasing vision loss from macula degeneration.  She was a “scrappy” gal, humble to a fault and someone you could easily share your troubles with over coffee.  Wanda was ahead of her time as a “quiet” feminist and liberal thinker.  Ever an introvert, she managed to find balance with her extroverted husband, Jack.  Their loving and respectful marriage has been said to inspire others.  In her later years, Jack turned his attention away from the farm to the household, where he provided constant loving care.

Needless to say, Wanda is sorely missed.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.  Arrangements are under the direction of WARE FUNERAL HOME.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity or to the Ross County Humane Society 2308 Lick Run Rd. #A, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.

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