Wanda Marianna (Hering) Whitted, 86, Athens, Tenn., and a former Stevens Point resident and mother of two Stevens Point men, died at her home Sunday, March 2, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Her wish was for her body to be donated to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
The family requests that gifts be made to either the American Cancer Society or the University of Tennessee Cancer Center, Knoxville, Tenn.
Mrs. Whitted was born Wanda Zimmer Aug. 13, 1927, in Katarzynin, Poland. She spent all of World War II as a captive in Germany, where she was forced to work as a farm laborer.
After the war she worked with the United Refugee Relief Organization, helping to distribute clothing to the needy in Germany. A display featuring the story of her charitable work is in the Englewood Textile Museum, Englewood, Tenn.
After the war, she immigrated to America, where she was married to her first husband, Alfons Hering, also an immigrant from Poland, and for many years editor of the Polish-language newspaper, Gwiazda Polarna, published in Stevens Point. He preceded her in death in 1991.
She was married to her second husband, George Whitted, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy (Ret.), in 1969. They lived in Virginia and Italy, and settled in Tennessee.
Survivors include her second husband, George; one daughter, Yolanta Arrington, Athens, Tenn.; two sons, Paul and Thomas, both of Stevens Point; two stepchildren, Patrick Whitted, Austin, Texas, and Darcey Williams, Athens, Tenn.; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.