Wanda Mae Dobberteen was born Dec. 12, 1921 to LeRoy and Hazel Coulson. She was raised and educated in Storm Lake, graduating from Storm Lake High School in 1939. While attending school, she was well known for her musical abilities, both as a celloist and vocalist. She attended Buena Vista College, graduating in three years.
Wanda immediately began her teaching career that would last close to thirty years. Her main areas of teaching were in music and art. Wanda carried her talent of painting throughout her lifetime, painting many pictures which are treasured heirlooms among her family. She also enjoyed gardening and sewing.
On Jan. 1, 1945 she met and married R.G. "Gus" Danielson of McMinnville, Tenn. Together, they had a daughter, Marcia. In April of 1946, she married Thomas McCulla of Cherokee. To this union two daughters, Linda and Anna Lea, were born. On July 8, 1957, she married Raymond Huisenga of LakeView. To this union twins, Karen and Kevin, daughter, Lisa and son "Chip" were born. On July 11, 1986, she married Arthur Dobberteen living in the Okoboji and Milford area. They enjoyed spending several winters in Florida. She enjoyed playing cards and dancing to just about any kind of music but was especially fond of the Big Band Era.
Wanda passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at Lake Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake on May 7, 2011, at 89 years of age.
Services were held on May 12, 2011 at the First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake.
Wanda is survived by daughters, Marcia (Bob) Miller of Lake Benton, Minn.; Linda (Leo) Roth of Mankato, Minn.; Anna Lea (Tres) Rich of Kinston, N.C.; Karen (Dwight) Hartje of Storm Lake; Lisa Huisenga of Richardson, Texas; and a son, Charles "Chip" Huisenga of Milford. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gerald and Charles; her husbands; son, Kevin; and daughter-in-law Jody Huisenga.