Wanda A. Orava, 76, Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Bishop Noa Home.
She was born in Escanaba on June 11, 1939, daughter of William and Eva (LaLonde) Lancour. Wanda was raised in the Osier area and moved to the Escanaba/Wells area after high school.
Wanda graduated from Rapid River High School in 1957 and attended Cloverland Business College in Escanaba.
On August 10, 1957, Wanda married Robert Orava in Trenary.
She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wells.
Wanda loved camping, snowmobiling, and taking her grandchildren and great grandchildren on trips.
She was employed by K-Mart for 19 years, and worked at Walmart until her retirement.
Wanda is survived by three children, Teena (Tim) Chiamulera of Flat Rock, Christine (Francis) Berube of Cornell, and Traci (Bob) Berube of Escanaba; several brothers and sisters; and nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Orava; and several brothers and sisters.
Private graveside services will be held at Gardens of Rest Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Letters of sympathy may be sent to Traci Berube, 1512 N. 19th Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Orava family.