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Rosalie A. Wheeler

Rosalie A. “Ro” Wheeler, 83, of Sarasota, Fla., died Feb. 26. A memorial service for family and friends to celebrate her life will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Marion Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her sons: Edwin Jr., with his spouse, Cheri, of Marion, and Christopher, with his spouse Helena of Bethesda, Md.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mariwilla (Bill) Lumb of Junction City, Kan.; and one brother, Rex Myers of Kansas City, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edwin Sr.; her mother; father; and six siblings.

Ro was born on Oct. 10, 1929, in Wakefield, Kan., where she attended school and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1947. She went on to attend Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.

She married Edwin Wheeler Sr. on Sept. 3, 1950. They had two sons, Edwin Jr. and Christopher.

Ro was a devoted wife and mother. She had a passion for volunteer work. Among the many committees she served were the Junior League, the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D.C., and the Meridian House International of Washington, D.C.

Ro lived in Topeka, Kan.; Wilmette, Ill.; Bethesda, Md.; Longboat Key, Fla.; and Sarasota, Fla.

Ro enjoyed traveling the world, playing tennis, corresponding with friends and family, and entertaining. Once she retired to the Sarasota area, she enjoyed the beach, biking, bridge, reading, and cultural activities of Sarasota. Ro was an active member of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church of Longboat Key, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Wakefield Museum, 604 6th St., P.O. Box 1973, Wakefield, Kan. 67487.

Last modified March 13, 2013