Deanna Rae Mace Wahl

December 24, 1938October 16, 2013

Deanna Wahl, 74, of Ankeny, passed away at Taylor House Hospice on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. She grew up in Iowa City and earned her bachelor and master degrees at University of Iowa and taught elementary school in Iowa City and Des Moines for several years.

In 1963 she married Don Wahl and soon took on the task of managing her husband’s dental practice which she did until retirement providing support and comfort to many patients.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Don, of Ankeny and sisters, Barbara and Joan. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Nancy. Her favorite kitty, Velvet, will probably miss her most of all. Funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Ankeny Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be expressed at As a show of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Deanna Rae Mace Wahl

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Leslie Akehurst

October 23, 2013

Dr. Wahl,
I am so sorry for your loss. It seems like it was just yesterday that I worked with you and Deanna. My prayers are with you.

Angela Watson

October 22, 2013

Dr. Wahl,

I am an old friend who used to work at the dental lab. Deanna and I had some wonderful conversations each time I came in. She always made time to talk to me. Our most vibrant conversations were about our love of animals. Quite soon after I started coming in to pick up cases, we discovered we each had a passion for our pets. It was a very strong bond, that is still with me today, as it has been over 25 years since I saw her, but I will always remember Deanna Wahl for her kindness and how fun she was.

Avon Crawford

October 22, 2013

Dr. Wahl,
I am so sorry about the loss of Deanna. She was bubbly and truly interested in each of the patient's lives. Her memory was great as she would ask about events from the last six months that she knew were important to me. From school, the fair, fabric, cooking, cats and family, we could never get everything covered in a short visit. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this time of grief and healing.

Kindra Valley

October 22, 2013

Dr. Wahl, I am truly saddened by Deanna's passing. She was such a wonderful woman who always brightened my day when you two would come into the store to shop. It as been an absolute treasure getting to know you both during our many chats. I will deeply miss her.

Cynthia Fisher

October 21, 2013

Dr Wahl: I always enjoyed my visits with Deanna when I came in for my appointments with you especially our visits concerning our kitties. She was always so upbeat & we would always share a laugh. The two of you were so good to help me overcome my fear of dentists. I have missed my twice a year visits with the two of you. My heart goes out to you. You will be in my prayers.


October 21, 2013

Dr. Wahl, I was saddened to read of Deanna's passing in Sunday's obituary listings. I pray that with her passing now you will be at comfort in knowing she's in a better place now at rest in Jesus loving arms, where there's no more pain or suffering. Deanna was always a joy to visit with during my trips to your dentist office and took care of my insurance coverage needs. May God comfort you !

October 20, 2013

Dear Dr. Wahl,
Deanna always made my visit to the Dentist office much easier. She was always, pleasant, smiling and fun to visit with. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Esther Ritchie

October 18, 2013

Dear Deanna,
We didn't always get along in life, but I'm sorry you had to suffer in the end.
You'll be with Mother and Nancy and I hope you will find peace.