Wanda Elaine Lesh Trace went home to be with the Lord, on January 3, 2018 after a sudden illness. Wanda was born to Howard and Frances (Beatty) Lesh of Bradleytown, PA, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Townville High School in 1960 and moved to Erie directly after graduation to pursue an education in cosmetology.
Wanda was well respected; regarded by many as spunky and independent and took much pride in her home and family. Over the years she enjoyed a career as an administrative assistant for various companies in PA and AZ. Most notably, she joined National Tel-Tronics, Inc. (NT.T/H.H. Smith/Mextron), Meadville, PA in 1982 where she started as the executive secretary to the President and was ultimately promoted to personnel administrator.
Wanda treasured her five grandchildren, Lynsey E. Auell (26), Beaver Falls, PA; Jacob C. Perkins (24), Alexandria, VA; Natalie F. Auell (23), Beaver Falls, PA; Alexandra F. Perkins (22), Jamestown, NY; and Alaina M. Auell (20), Saegertown, PA. When the grandchildren were young, Wanda loved taking them to the downtown mall for lunch and ice-cream on Saturday afternoons.
Along with her five grandchildren, Wanda is also survived by her daughters Tracy Auell, Saegertown, Pa. and Kelli VanBeest and husband Bradley of Mesa, Az. In addition, Wanda is survived by her husband, Donald Smith, of Mesa, Az. Wanda and Don enjoyed many trips back to PA and road trips to Mexico. Wanda is further survived by her sister, Wilda Best, Lisle, IL; nephew Thomas Best, Sun City, Az.; niece Linda Chalmers and husband John, Lake in the Hills, IL and niece Jayne Denwood and husband Bill, of Naperville, IL. First husband, Theodore L. Walczak, and his wife, Janet, of Meadville, PA, also survive.
A lovely memorial service was held in Mesa, Az. on January 8, 2018. A Celebration of Life is tentatively scheduled for May, 2018, to be held in Wanda's hometown of Bradleytown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, to support Wanda's love of animals. Donations can be online at www.maricopa.gov.
Wanda shared the gift of life, laughter and love of dance with her family and friends - she will be dearly missed.
Published on January 17, 2018