CHAMPAIGN – Wanda Elaine Brooks Tuchel, 99, died at home on December 3, 2021.
She was born in Springfield on March 18, 1922 to Fern and Robert Brooks. After graduating from Lanphier High School with honors, Wanda attended Illinois State University and later the University of Illinois. While at ISU, Wanda met and married Robert Tuchel in 1942. After Robert returned from military service in 1945, they settled in Champaign, where they built the house in which they lived for the rest of their life. Wanda was active in the community, helping in her children’s schools, at church, as a member of the Burnham Hospital Auxiliary and as an electoral judge. For many years she enjoyed participating in the Antiques Study Group and the Danville Redbud China Painting Club. She took great pleasure in playing bridge with old friends.
Together, Wanda and Robert had four children, Robert B. Tuchel, Thomas Tuchel, Elaine Biser and Trenna Thomas. Along with raising her four children and working at the Champaign County Agricultural Bureau, Wanda pursued her interest in art and antiques. Through her studies, she acquired skills as an artist and as an antique restorer, including the arts of needlework, upholstery, canework and cane weaving. She has never come across a profession she has not been tempted to try. After settling in Champaign, Wanda and Robert joined First Presbyterian Church and remained active members. Wanda was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose grace, calm, warmth and selflessness continue to inspire and comfort her family.
Wanda was predeceased by her parents, husband of 77 years and four siblings.
His children survive, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Church St., Champaign, with Pastor Matt Matthews officiating. Interment will be in Minier Cemetery, Minier.