Obituary: Wanda J. Yager, 88, of Palmyra

Wanda J. Yager
Posted: Feb. 21, 2019 4:32 pm

Wanda J. Yager, 88, of Palmyra, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019 at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Paul Reese will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.

Wanda was born April 25, 1930 in Palmyra, to Moritz L. and Margaret Ensminger Happel. Wanda was first married to James M Owsley and then to Richard "Dick" Yager.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Burwinkle of Palmyra and her son, Gary Owsley (Beverly) of Perry; sister in-law, Elsie Happel; six grandchildren, Andy Burwinkle (Robyn), Jennifer Burwinkle, Carrie Long (Michael), Holli Hawkins (Wesley), Corey Pontius (Kellie), Jared Pontius (Gina), son-in-law, Michael Pontius of Palmyra; 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Marcia Pontius; one brother, Maurice L. Happel; two sisters, Marcia L. Howard, Marjorie M. Robison; and son in-law, Keil Burwinkle.

Professionally, Wanda worked as the head cook for the Palmyra School District, Wanda also worked for Chester Bross and as an office manager for the Farmers CO-OP for many years. She continued to work until she was 75 years old before retirement.

Wanda loved family get-togethers spending time with loved ones and was known as a very giving person her entire life.

Wanda was Christian by faith and attended First Baptist Church of Palmyra.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Palmyra Nutrition Center.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at


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