Wanda U. Heurich, 82, of Frederick, Maryland, passed from this life on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Country Meadows in Frederick. She truly considered this to be her home and family for the past six years.
Born on October 26, 1938, in Richmond, VA, she was the daughter of the late James Michael Umble and Elsie Ruth (Tressler) Umble. Wanda was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Karl F. Heurich.
Wanda studied education at Grove City College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, where she met her husband in 1956. She graduated from Hood College with a master's degree in special education. Mrs. Heurich continued a career in education through Frederick Community College, until she was nearly 80 years young.
Teaching all grades throughout her career, Wanda started 46 years of teaching in Bethel Park, PA, continued in Erie County, NY, Northhampton County, PA, with the last 25 years in Frederick County, Maryland. She taught in the SET Program at both Rock Creek School and Lewistown Elementary.
Mrs. Heurich was an active long-time member of Walkersville United Methodist Church serving on many different committees there. She held several Board positions on the Glade Towne Homeowner's Association, served as Walkersville Town Commissioner, served as both a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girl Scout Leader. Wanda was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers Association and held many other volunteer positions throughout her life, far too numerous to count.
Wanda loved teaching, gardening, bird-watching at Chincoteague Island, knitting and jewelry-making, and her Devotions group with her friends at Country Meadows. She loved taking care of her many animals over the years and attending as many of her grandchildren's events as possible. Wanda touched many lives with her incredible desire to teach all and was the epitome of patience, kindness, caring, and unconditional love. She traveled the world with her husband, Karl, and some of her favorite trips were an Alaskan cruise, sailing the Rhine River through Germany, Austria and Switzerland, traveling the Western United States on the last American Orient Express Railroad and a special cruise through the Panama Canal. They loved traveling with their best friends, John and Shirley Merando of Walkersville.
She is survived by her children, Chuck Heurich and wife, Marti, of Frederick, and Barbara Pierce and husband, Will, of Middletown, MD; grandchildren, Brittany Hipkins and husband, Seth, Andrew Pierce and wife, Noelle, Hillary Foulk and husband, Anthony, Emilee Pierce, Delaney Heurich and Cori Heurich; and great-grandchildren, Camille Hipkins and Graham Pierce.
The family would like to thank the staff at Country Meadows for all of the kindness, support, care, and friendship over the last few years and also the Frederick Health Hospice staff for their help and care as well.
A celebration of Wanda's life journey will take place at 1 p.m., on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Walkersville United Methodist Church in Walkersville. Rev. Mike Henning will officiate.
Memorial donations may be made to Walkersville United Methodist Church, 22 Main Street, Walkersville, MD 21769 or Frederick Health Hospice, 1 Frederick Health Way, Frederick, MD 21701 or on-line at frederickhealthhospice.org . Flowers are welcome, as she loved all flowers and gardening.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at StaufferFuneralHome.com.