Baker City, Oregon
Wanda Helen Havlik, 82, of Baker City, died Oct. 12, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Roger Scovil will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the church after the service.
There will be a second funeral at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockwood Church of God in Portland. There will be a reception afterward at the church.
Vault Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Wanda Helen Clark was born on Oct. 31, 1922, to John A. Clark and Jessie Gilkison Clark. She was born at a home on Hunt Mountain Lane on what is now the Buckner Ranch.
She attended Baker schools and was a 1940 Baker High School graduate.
She worked through the war years at the Baker office of the Oregon Employment Service. She moved to Tillamook in 1947 to work with Bell Telephone where she met Frank Havlik. They were married on Sept. 28, 1947, at Portland.
Frank and Wanda settled in Gresham, where they watched their two children, Linda and Dale, grow up, marry and raise their families.
After Frank’s death in 1989, Wanda remained in Gresham until 1994 when she returned to Baker City to be near her family and lifelong friends. Everyone was happy to have her close again, especially her sisters, Eva VanLeuven, Enid Pedersen, and her daughter, Linda Webb.
Wanda was quiet and loving, strong in her convictions and never desired to be in the spotlight. Friends admired her strong faith in God which gave her a wonderful and positive outlook on life; a happiness which she generously spread to her family and all those around her.
Three years of failing health didn’t shake her outlook and strength in Christ. Amazed at her bravery, family members said they watched her face medical test after test seemingly unshaken and joking about each. A wit not to be equaled.
When told after two weeks in the hospital that nothing more could be done to improve her failing health she was jubilant, “ready to go to heaven.” Of course, she made sure everyone, especially her grandchildren, understood how much she loved them; for them not to be sad and to always do their best.
“Those last days of her life were such a wonderful blessing for all who cared so deeply for her,” her family said. “God truly did love her as much as she so often expressed.”
“Thank you, Mother, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Friend for being so very much a part of our lives. We will see you over there,” they added.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; parents, John and Jessie Clark; brothers, Charles and Vernon Clark; and sister, Eva Clark VanLeuven.
Survivors include a son, Dale Havlik, of Redmond; a daughter, Linda Webb, and her husband, Gary, of Baker City; granddaughter, Kelsey Stitzel, and her husband, Travis, of Cove; grandson, Jesse Webb, and his wife, Mechell, of La Grande; granddaughter, Amber, and grandson, Gabriel Havlik, of Redmond; great-grandson, Bryson Stitzel of Cove; sisters, Jessie Harrison of The Dalles and Enid Pedersen of Baker City; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Christian Church through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 15, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor