The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 20, 2013

Willanna “Willie” Wasson


DANVILLE — Willanna “Willie” Wasson, 71, of Danville, passed away at 6:08 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2013, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.

She was born on Sept. 17, 1941, in Danville to Martin Carl Tesch and Muriel Marie Taylor Tesch.

She was married to Gordon “Tarz” Wasson in July 1971 in Mississippi. He preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 1988.

She is survived by her children, Lauri Wasson-Woodard of Champaign and Bobbie Wasson-Woodard of Bloomington, Dewain (Lisa) Wasson of Hudson, Wis., Martin Wasson of Tampa, Fla., and Gordon (Gina Parrino) Wasson of Atlanta, Ga.; her brother, Roger (Carolyn) Tesch of Eagle River, Wis.; her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, William Tesch.

Willanna enjoyed playing cards. She also enjoyed reading and fishing. Willanna also loved to cook; she owned and operated a restaurant in Ridge Farm. She also was an animal lover, and she worked as an animal control officer for Vermilion County.

A celebration of Willanna’s life will be held on a later date for a private family service.

Memorials may be made in Willanna’s name to Vermilion County Animal Shelter, 14775 Catlin Tilton Road, Danville, IL 61832. Condolences may be left at


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