San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)
Lana Josephine Wunderlich
November 27, 1926 - March 25, 2021
Lana Josephine Wunderlich
3/25/21 at home in San Francisco at 94 years of age. Our beautiful and beloved mother Lana Josephine Wunderlich (also known as Sis), passed from this life quietly at home in peace the morning of Thursday March 25th surrounded by her family in San Francisco. Lana was a proud native San Franciscan who enjoyed classic theater, dance, music of all genres and reading of current events since the days of the “Call Bulletin”. As well, she enjoyed cooking and preparing festive holiday meals. She’d spend considerable hours shopping for the perfect ingredient before making memorable family gathering meals which were shared by many. While she loved her children, family and friends immensely, Lana’s grandchildren were her greatest passion and joy.
Lana was born 11/27/1926 at Mary’s Help Hospital in San Francisco to Bernard Lucas (LaPlante) and Leona Kelly Lucas. Lana had 3 siblings, Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Tinkler (preceded in death) Geraldine “Geri” Victoria Lagomarsino (preceded in death) and Jeanette “Gina Michelazzi” Anne Odgers. Their parents considered all four girls uniquely special and decided they should bear the names of queens and so were known by father Bernard and mother Leona as their 4 queens.
Lana had three children by husband Roy Wunderlich (deceased), Yvette Bauer (Peter, son Michael), Aaron Wunderlich (Kimberly daughter Amber), Francesca Wunderlich Collins (Tighe son Brendan daughter Christine). Lana also has a son David Sosa (Kathleen) by previous marriage to Richard L. Sosa, M.D.(deceased). She is survived by many wonderful cousins, nephews and nieces in the United States and abroad.
Lana attended Notre Dame in San Francisco growing up in the Mission Dolores neighborhood during the great depression. While attending school she and her sister Betty worked at the ever popular neighborhood Dan’s Creamery where Lana honed her skill at making dynamite fresh fruit milkshakes. When the Fox Theater was in its prime Lana, sister Betty and childhood friend Tosca Amenti decided it was time to go big and all became Usherettes at the ‘Fox Theater.’ Some knew them as the 3 foxes. Lana and Betty used their free time from school and work to attend Betty Mae’s School of Dance and Song studying Opera. They both studied and sang with their cherished longtime neighborhood friend Malvina O’Shea (Farrell). Malvina, an accomplished operetic singer and Lana La Plante were both Contralto’s and Betty was a Soprano. Some of their many operatic recitals included performing during the holidays and for the prisoners of WWII interned at Angel Island. They also later gave recitals after the war at ‘The California Club’ on Clay Street in San Francisco presented by Marion Dozier Studio. In addition, Lana later found time to teach dance at the Arthur Murray school of Dance and was an excellent Samba, Merengue and Tango dancer.
She spent her Golden Years singing and dancing with her grandchildren, family and friends. We will miss our mother Lana immeasurably and always remain grateful of the tremendous sacrifices she made for us her children and family during a treasured lifetime. Aloha mom, with our kiss upon your forehead.
Family and Friends are safely invited to attend a Catholic funeral mass service at St. Stephen’s Church on 4/29 10:30am and Celebration of Life at Max’s Opera Café in Burlingame, Ca. immediately following mass from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. For any question please contact Duggan’s Serra Mortuary in Daly City, Ca. about Rosary Vigil April 28th.