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Wanda Westin

Wanda E. Westin, 78, of Staples, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at her home.

Wanda Lindblom was born in Wadena on Nov. 10, 1931, to Palmer and Carrie (Vanderhoef) Lindblom. She graduated from Verndale High School in 1949 and attended teacher's training in Fergus Falls, graduating in 1950. Wanda began her teaching career in a one-room country school near Ottertail. On March 18, 1951, she was united in marriage to Charles "Chuck" Westin in the Aldrich Congregational Church. To this union was born four children: Duane, who died shortly after birth in 1952, Sandra, born in 1953, Kristine in 1954 and Cheryl in 1963.

Wanda's love of teaching children was central in her life. She taught Sunday school in Aldrich and Staples most of her adult life. Wanda was a teaching assistant at Lincoln Model School for many years and in 1982 finished her bachelor's degree from Bemidji State University and taught special education at North Elementary School for 12 years. In her retirement, Wanda continued to volunteer at North, assisting in the primary grades with her specialty, teaching reading.

Faith, family and friends were so important to Wanda. She was always generous to those in need, and believed it was her Christian duty to offer help wherever she could be of use. Faith sustained her throughout her life and her relationship with her savior, Jesus, was a constant source of comfort to her in life, as well as in death. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and made sure each of her children and grandchildren knew how dearly they were valued and loved.

A funeral service was held Monday, March 1 at First Congregational Church in Staples with the Rev. Muriel Hachfeld officiating. Interment is at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. Please visit to leave a message of comfort and support for Wanda's family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples at (800) 824-5051.

Survivors include her three daughters, Sandy (Terry) Wiczek of Apple Valley, Kris (Dick) Huebsch of Staples and Cheri (Tod) Swenson of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Fritz) Kern, Stephanie (Greg) Haugen, Kari (Chris) Pfender, J.J. (Darren) Olson, Joseph (Lisa) Huebsch, Jacob Huebsch and Daniel Huebsch; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Beverly (Clayton) Piepkorn; and one brother, Rex (Ann) Lindblom. Wanda was a life-long member of the Congregational Church and leaves behind many friends and family members who will sadly miss her.