Phyllis L. Olander Wichman, 76, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died March 6, 2005, at a Council Bluffs hospital.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Broadway United Methodist in Council Bluffs.
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She was born on Oct. 6, 1928, to Carl Melvin and Myrtle Dorothea Swanson Olander at Stanton, Iowa. She was a 1946 graduate of Elliott, Iowa, High School and a 1950 graduate of Tarkio College at Tarkio, Mo. Her post-graduate work was done at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls, Iowa; Iowa State University at Ames; and the University of Iowa at Iowa City.
She began her teaching career at Walnut, Iowa, in 1950. She taught business classes at Thomas Jefferson High School from 1953 to 1960. She taught at Abraham Lincoln from 1960 to 1962 and then returned to Thomas Jefferson where she was head of the business department and a lead teacher. She retired in 1990.
She was a member of the Broadway United Methodist Church where she a member of the choir. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Chapter, Council Bluffs Retired School Personnel, Federated Women of Iowa, Council Bluffs Art Council, Chapter GQ of PEO, AAUW Study Group and Book Review Group, Joslyn Art Museum and JAMA Southwest Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Darold O. Wichman, who died on Jan. 2, 1991; her son-in-law, Joel Waldo of Baker City, who died on Oct. 22, 2004; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia A. Waldo of Baker City; son, Mark D. Wichman, and his wife, April, and daughter, Lisa D. Keathley, and her husband, Thomas, all of Omaha, Neb.; a brother and his wife, Merrilll and Sharon Olander of Elliott, Iowa; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Broadway United Methodist Church through the Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, 545 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51503.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 11, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor