Joslin, Wanda Anania
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