It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt, and friend. Wanda Toth passed away suddenly on August 18, 2020 in her home in Gladstone, MB at the age of 63. Wanda was born May 21, 1957 to Roberta and Howard Cook and has always called Gladstone home. After completing her Business Teacher Education certificate at Red River College, Wanda moved back to Gladstone to marry her high school sweetheart, Dean Toth, and raise a family there together.
Although her first teaching job was in MacGregor, Wanda soon after decided to pursue career opportunities in Gladstone and would go on to work at Boschman’s Pharmacy and as secretary at Pine Creek School Division before building her own clothing store, Wandeen’s Smart Shop, in 1979. Two years later, she sold the store and began her love of teaching piano lessons, which she continued to do for the next 39 years until health issues forced her to stop in 2018. Many students have fostered their love of music sitting by Wanda’s side. Wanda and Dean also purchased Mac’s Auto Supply which became their family operated business for 27 years.
Wanda was always proud of her family’s roots in Gladstone and was an active member of the community. She was a talented pianist and shared her talents through teaching, organizing music festivals and accompanying school & church choirs, weddings, and community events. She continued to invest in education by serving as a school trustee for Pine Creek School Division for 28 years. She enjoyed figure skating and curling, especially dressing up for the many Happy Rock bonspiels over the years with her friends.
Wanda has always loved her animals, taking in many pets over the years and was extremely devoted to her beloved dog, Brandy. First and foremost in her life was her love of her family. Whether it was putting her creativity and craftiness to good use to make original costumes and birthday cakes or supporting her kids in their love of music and athletics, Wanda always was invested in making sure her children had every opportunity to follow their passions. In the last decade of her life, Wanda struggled with many health issues which prevented her from enjoying her retirement years to the fullest. During this time she found the most joy watching her grandchildren who she loved dearly. We hope she has now found eternal peace.
Predeceased by her parents and left to cherish her memory are her husband of 42 years, Dean; her three children Brynae (Nelson), Jenna (Daniel), and Jesse; her grandchildren Weston, Payson, and Maeve.
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