THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
David Wandke, 57, was born to eternal life at his home on March 9, after a battle with kidney cancer for seven months. He was born June 2, 1955. His mantra since diagnosis has been "Jesus I trust in You, let Your will be done, not mine".
He married Carrie Warren in November of 1978 in Franklin at St. James Catholic Church and shortly thereafter moved to Peshtigo into her grandparent's summer log cabin on the Peshtigo River. The Wandkes started A-1 Key Plumbing out of their home in 1996. David named the business after his father, Arthur Wandke (A-1 Key) that lent him the money to start the business. Two years later they bought Hartwig's Car Wash on Hwy. 41 in Peshtigo and used this office as a plumbing shop the past 14 years and kept the car wash open as a side business.
Survivors include his wife, Carrie Warren-Wandke of 34 years and their two girls: Stephanie, last living in Belize, and Alyssa of Green Bay, who both attended St. Mary School. Also surviving are his mother, Lucille Wandke of Greenfield; three sisters, Diane (Dennis) Erdman, Donna (John) Pilch, and Denise Wandke; and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Wandke in 2006.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home, 331 S. Ellis Ave., Peshtigo, from 3 to 6 p.m. with a parish wake service at 6 p.m. with Sister Helen Plum SSND from St. Mary Parish presiding. Visitation continues on Thursday, March 14 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 141 Wood Ave., Peshtigo, from 9 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 11 a.m. After mass all are invited to a luncheon in the St. Mary Parish gym organized by the St. Mary Women of Faith.
In lieu of flowers, persons can make donations to either the STAA elementary campus or the St. Mary Women of Faith Group. In David's memory, please volunteer your time to a local non-profit agency in our community this year.