Wanda Mae Baker Lanzi, formerly of New Kingston, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 after a long illness at Mountainside Residential Center in Margaretville.
She was born October 13, 1918 in Andes, the daughter of the late Almyron and Florence (VanSteenburgh) Baker. They later moved to a farm on Dingle Hill, Andes. She lived there until the age of 16 when she went to work on the farm of Burton and Theresa Archibald in New Kingston.
Later she met her husband, Adriano Lanzi. They married in 1945 and then bought the farm from the Archibalds. Her beloved husband, Adriano died in January of 1972. Wanda had remained on the farm until she went to live at Mountainside in June of 2013.
Wanda was a member of the United Presbyterian Church Margaretville/New Kingston. She served as an Elder and was a member of the New Kingston Women’s Circle. She was a member of the New Kingston State and National Grange. She also was a member of the Catskill Mountain Quilter’s Guild and was appointed to the Catskill’s Quilter’s Hall of Fame. Wanda was an accomplished quilter. Some of her quilts went to Europe and Australia.
Wanda was a member of the Senior Citizen Club, and Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary. She worked for over 23 years for the Hospital Thrift Shop and also worked at the hospital coffee shop for several years. Wanda also made several quilts for the Hospital Flea Market raffles. She was the New Kingston correspondent for several years for the Catskill Mountain News and Walton Reporter.
She enjoyed baking, gardening, and traveling on bus trips in the Northeast. Her greatest love was making quilts.
Wanda is survived by her sons, Burton and his wife Kathy of Crossville, TN, Fredrick and his wife Joann of Wendell, NC; a daughter, Rosemary Wisniewski and her husband Frank of Highland Falls; granddaughters, Shara Lanzi of Chatham and Anne Lanzi Schweitzer and her husband Eric of Asheville; grandsons, Kevin Wisniewski and his wife Jenny of Germany and their sons, Tyler and Alex, and Scott Wisniewski and his fiancé Chrissy Bevan of Beacon. Also surviving are a sister, Ila Faulkner of New Kingston, and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville on Friday, July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A church service will be held at the New Kingston Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Shirley Davis officiating followed by her committal at the New Kingston Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Margaretville-New Kingston Presbyterian Church, Hospice, or a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.