Obituary: Waunita (Jantz) Decker

Waunita (Jantz) Decker was born Aug. 5, 1914, in Galva, the oldest daughter of Minnie (Unruh) and Jacob T Jantz.

She died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Bethesda Home in Goessel at age 102.

Waunita worked in the laundry of Bethel Deaconess Hospital for 20 years and volunteered at Newton Medical Center and at Source of Light until she was past 90.decker-obit-pic

Waunita married Clayton Decker on Sept. 2, 1934, in Galva. They farmed in the Burton and Elbing areas before moving to Newton in 1959. He died in 1969.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter Loretta Loomis, son Tony Decker, son-in-law Don Hall, great-grandson Aaron Decker, three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include son Larry and Wanda Decker of Clearwater, daughter-in-law Jan Decker of Wichita, brother Harold Jantz, sister Elsie Ford, 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Newton Bible Church with burial following at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Newton Bible Church or Source of Light (Newton).

Petersen Funeral Home in Newton was in charge of arrangements.

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