Wana Baldus

August 2, 1923August 11, 2013

Wana M Prichard Heller Baldus, age 90, passed away August 11th, 2013, at home with her family by her side. She was born August 2nd, 1923, in Adrian Michigan the daughter of Byron & Geneva Prichard. She moved to Dexter at the age of 3. After graduating from Dexter High Class of 1940, she attended the Clara Ford Nurses Home Arts School in Detroit. She was selected to speak at the graduation ceremony where she was seated with Henry and Clara Ford for dinner. In 1945 she married her high school sweetheart Neil Heller. They were married 17 years before Neil’s untimely death. In 1964 she married Don Baldus, moving to his farm in Webster Township. Amongst her many accomplishments, she was most proud of her 35 years as Webster Township Clerk. She was often heard saying, “I don’t know why I retired so soon.” She was 82 years old at the time. Survivors include her cherished brother Gordon Prichard and her 5 children: Nick (Mary Dee) Heller, Jim (Linda) Heller, Barbara (Louie) Marr, Donny (Norma) Heller and Tom (Ann) Heller. She had thirteen grandchildren, 8 great grand children, nieces and nephews, sisters and brother-in-law including her very special sister-in-law Ann Merkel. Her parents, her husbands Neil Heller and Donald Baldus and her sister Barbara Prichard Hainsworth, preceded her in death. She embraced the community of Dexter. She was active in the Methodist church for a number of years before joining Webster Church in 1964. She belonged to the Dexter Historical Society, Dexter Antiquarians, and Historic Guild, the Dexter Senior Center, the local Farm Bureau and the Webster Historical Society. Services were held, Wednseday, August 14, 2013 at the Webster United Church of Christ. Contributions can be made to Arbor Hospice or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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August 20, 2013

Wana---You will be missed by so very many, you were a stalwart in Webster Township and the Dexter community!! Al Mosher

Chip Elgass

August 19, 2013

Sorry for your loss.

Karen OConnor

August 17, 2013

Wana was one outstanding strongand very admired lady.l she raised five great childre with two amazing husbands!! She was a blessing to this workd so carry on kids and grand kids and her honor:)

Barbara Feldkamp Burns

August 16, 2013

You are all in my prayers at the loss of your mother. Barbara (Feldkamp) Burns

Dale & Lynn Koch

August 15, 2013

Our deepest sympathy. She was a wonderful woman who touched so many lives. She will be missed.

Kim Martini

August 14, 2013

I had the privilege to get to know your mom at the Dexter Senior Center. She was a beautiful lady both inside and out. She will be missed.

August 14, 2013

I wish we had an opportunity to know Wana better but she was always gracious and so very pleasant to talk with. She made our years at Webster Church and the Fall Festival especially pleasant. We will always remember her in the kitchen at the Pig Roast serving line and assisting with making the potato salad and applesauce. She was a true lady.
Karen Hertenstein and Jarrett Dieterle

Mary Brigid Sullivan

August 14, 2013

Condolences to your family from the Sullivan's. Chris and Kevin join me in saying we always appreciated Wana as a neighbor and friend. Farm families helped each other out and she was always there helping. She WAS Webster Township for many years! May great memories of her be in your thoughts and help you through this time of celebrating her life.

Mary Ellen Mynning

August 14, 2013

She was a remarkable lady and I cherish the fact that I was fortunate to have known her all my life.I remember once when I was in rehab for a lengthy period of time Wana sent me not only a get well cards but took the time to write me a lengthy letter filled with local news and describing in detail the gorgeous scenes of spring that were appearing in Webster Township.

Douglas Fuller

August 14, 2013

Wana was a true lady whose blessed all of us by her presence.