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Wanda Batchelder

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Due to COVID the Wanda Batchelder Celebration of Life will be postponed to a date to be determined. Please call Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory with any questions. 641-394-4334 Wanda Florence (Carpenter) Batchelder, age 71 of New Hampton, Iowa passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. A celebration of her life will be held 5:00 pm - 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2020, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory's outside back patio. In case of rain it will be moved indoors. Wanda was born on January 17, 1949, in Edgewood, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Florence (Kellogg) Carpenter. She was raised and attended grade school in Lamont. Wanda was a 1967 graduate of Starmont High School and was a member of the first class to complete all three years at the school. She then graduated from Upper Iowa College and attained her teaching degree in Library Science in three years. On June 10, 1972, Wanda was united in marriage to Philip Batchelder. Two sons were born to this union. The couple later divorced. Wanda accepted her first teaching assignment in New Hampton as the elementary school librarian. She later became the media specialist and retired after 40 years. Wanda was also a florist. She and Phil ran a greenhouse and floral shop in New Hampton. Wanda loved fishing, taking walks along the Mississippi River, gardening, and crafting. She loved her family and cherished spending time with them. Survivors include her two sons, Aaron (Brooke) Batchelder of Central City and Loren (Toni Potter) Batchelder of Waterloo; a special "daughter", Dawn Hickman of La Crosse, Wisconsin; her companion, Tim Hickman of La Crosse, Wisconsin; 5 grandchildren, Finley Batchelder, Brecken Batchelder, Locklin Batchelder, Lilliana Retzlaff, and Lorelai Retzlaff; her former husband, Philip Batchelder of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two sisters, Kay (Douglas) Sage of Lamont and Rita (LaVerne) Jones of Manchester; one brother, Ron (Deb) Carpenter of Lamont; and several nieces and nephews. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Scott Sage.

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  1. My sympathy to the family. Wanda was such a nice person. I enjoyed visiting with her at House of Flowers and seeing her at walks around the park.

  2. My Sympathy to her family . Wanda was a sweet lady always took the time to visit I loved going to her shop,she will be missed.

  3. I fondly remember Wanda from elementary school back in the 70’s. She was always so helpful in finding a good book or assisting with tracking down information for an assignment. It was always a pleasure to visit the library. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  4. I remember Wanda as the school librarian when I was in middle school. More recently I would see her at the greenhouse or about town, she always had a smile or a kind word to share. She will be missed.

  5. so very sad to see hear of her passing. such a talented sweet lady. sincerest sympathy and prayers to the family

  6. So sorry for the loss of your Mom.. Prayers for comfort and strength during this time of great loss. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  7. Aaron Brooke and family, Sad to hear of your Mom’s passing, I always enjoyed visiting with Wanda among the flowers, she just had a peaceful way about her.

  8. Wanda exemplified kindness to all. She authentically cared for people. She showed amazing generosity of time to an exchange student of mine, who grew close to her. Good by Wanda, heaven gained another angel. Sincerest condolences to her family, neighbors and those blessed to call her friend.

  9. My deepest sympathies to the family. I have very fond memories of being her library helper when I was in Jr High. She was always so patient and very kind.

  10. Our sympathy to Wanda’s family. I always looked forward to visiting with her at the greenhouse and seeing her huge cat. What a kind person we have lost.

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