Michelle "Missy" Lee Wanke
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Michelle "Missy" Lee Wanke, 51, passed away 7/27/2019 at home in Hanover, MN of pancreatic cancer.
Missy was born in Rocky Ford, Colorado on March 15, 1968 to Wayne and Sheila Mueller. She was the sweet filling between an older brother, David Wayne, and a younger brother, Jonathon Andrew. Missy enjoyed a carefree childhood that allowed her to live in many parts of the country, settling mostly in Wisconsin and making many friends with each move.
On June 13, 1992 she married her best friend, Richard Andrew Wanke, in Mankato, MN after graduating from Mankato State University with a degree in marketing. On February 22, 1998 Richard and Missy welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Gabrelle (Belle) Grace Wanke, into their lives. Together they traveled to over 80 countries and went on more than 30 cruises, creating many memories, seeing wonders of the world, making new friends, and building a love of travel.
Missy was an active volunteer in the community and at Belle's schools and activities. When Belle began riding horses in middle school, Missy also became an equine enthusiast, volunteering with and riding horses. As high school came around for Belle, the focus of volunteering became centered around theatre, and Missy and Belle loved seeing musicals and theatre productions together. She also loved and cared for the family dog, a 13-year-old pug named Lucy.
Missy is survived by her husband Richard Wanke; a daughter: Belle; parents Wayne and Sheila (Hall); her father-in-law George and mother-in-law Kathy (Gilman) Wanke; two brothers David and Jon; two brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; 11 nieces and nephews; one great nephew; three aunts and one uncle.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents Clyde and Agnes Mueller, Charles and Beula Hall, two uncles and two aunts.
Services will be held Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover MN. Visitation will be 9:30 am to 11:30 am followed by a service at 11:30 am.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com