Joslin, Wanda Ana­nia

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Age 95

Wanda Ana­nia Joslin (FKA Wanda Joslin DeMUNBRUN), born Dec. 22, 1921 in a ho­tel in Mar­i­anna, Penn­syl­va­nia, was 95 years young when she en­tered the King­dom of Heaven on Fri­day, May 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm CST. She died peace­fully in bed, with her daugh­ter rest­ing her head on her shoul­der as she took her last breath. Wanda resided for many years in Rich­mond, Texas with her daugh­ter, “Pixie” and her son-in-law, Bal­tasar Garay­gor­do­bil.

Daugh­ter of Ital­ian im­mi­grants, Flores Ana­nia and Mary Leom­bruno, Wanda is the last of her gen­er­a­tion to de­part this earth. She was pre­ceded by her hus­band, Col. Henry “Van” Joslin, USMC ret (DOD 24 May 1975) and her hus­band, LtCdr. Har­reld DeMunbrun, USN ret (DOD 12 Dec 2013). She is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Bar­bara (“Pixie”) Garay­gor­do­bil; sons, Henry “Hank” Van Joslin, Jr and Robert Joslin; as well as her grand­chil­dren and her great-grand chil­dren.

Wanda’s love of life was in­fec­tious and she had a way of mak­ing ev­ery­one feel a spe­cial bond/re­la­tion­ship with her. She sim­ply was al­ways present. It would be in­con­ceiv­able to think that she is not singing and danc­ing and mak­ing ev­ery­one smile in heaven RIGHT NOW.

Her in­cred­i­ble life’s ex­pe­ri­ences in­cluded be­ing a New York run­way and pho­to­graphic model, a ight at­ten­dant dur­ing the very ear­li­est years of com­mer­cial ights, a le­gal as­sis­tant, a re­tail depart­ment man­ager, a real es­tate agent, a wife...but not just a wife, but rather a mil­i­tary o cer’s wife and all that en­tailed, and most im­por­tantly, a mother and awe­some role model.

Her hus­band’s, Van’s, tours of duty, took her and her fam­ily to Ar­gentina, the Panama Canal Zone and the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, where Van and she ul­ti­mately re­tired from mil­i­tary life. She also had a brief es­capade to Cuba in the 1960’s when hers and Van’s air­plane was hi­jacked to Cuba!

She loved to sing and dance and act and she did these things well into her 70’s, in­clud­ing tap danc­ing at the Kennedy Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton D.C. with the Sixty Karats, a group of fe­male tap dancers ... all over the age of 60! Wanda also per­formed in plays and mu­si­cals at the Venice Lit­tle The­atre.

The one ‘se­cret” that Wanda kept from vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one is re­ally the thing that de ned her as she con­tem­plated her life to­wards the end. She was deeply in­volved help­ing the less for­tu­nate but never spoke of her deeds ... she sim­ply did them ... qui­etly. What clearly im­pacted her the most was serv­ing lep­ers in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. She got the mil­i­tary o cer’s wives to agree to raise money for the leper colonies but no one was will­ing to go to the colonies to take them the sup­plies, so she went, and took sup­plies to them, and com­forted them. It left an in­deli­ble mark on her life.

Wanda’s faith was strong, bol­stered by her TWO af­ter-life ex­pe­ri­ences when she was pro­nounced clin­i­cally dead at the birth of her daugh­ter and again, 9 years later, while un­der­go­ing surgery for cer­vi­cal can­cer. As a teen and again, af­ter the death of her rst spouse, she con­tem­plated be­com­ing a nun, how­ever God had other plans for her. Her daily prayer, which she learned as a child from her nuns at school, and that she prayed all the days of her life was: Sweetest Heart of Je­sus, I im­plore, that I may ever love Thee more and more.

A Fu­neral Mass will be held on Tues­day, June 6, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Lau­rence Catholic Church, 3100 Sweet­wa­ter Blvd, Sugar Land, Texas 77479 with a ‘must see’ view­ing in the narthex at 9:30am, be­fore the mass. Re­cep­tion fol­low­ing the mass in the St. Lau­rence Parish Hall.

She will sub­se­quently be own to Wash­ing­ton D.C. where she will be buried with her de­ceased hus­band, Col. Van Joslin, in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery, Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia. Con­do­lences may be o ered at www.miller­fu­neral.com Please sign the Guest­book at www.legacy.com/wash­ing­ton­times

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