4620 20th St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Born: Monday, February 21, 1944
Passed: Thursday, January 5, 2017
1/16/2017 | 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
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Wanda E. McNeill, 72, of Rockford, died at home on Thursday, January 5, 2017 of pulmonary fibrosis. Wanda was born in Sioux City, Iowa on February 21, 1944, the second daughter of William Wiley Edwards and Louise (Herbold) Edwards. She was reared in rural communities east of Sioux City and graduated from Moville High School in 1962. She graduated from Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines and became a Registered Nurse. In 1966 she went to Yancey County, North Carolina as a VISTA volunteer. After a couple years, she joined the Yancey County Public Health Department and was one of the founders of a local Hospice Agency. In April 1972, she married Frank McNeill and they became foster parents to twelve children, one of whom they lovingly adopted, Chris. In the early 1980's she was called to the ministry. She graduated from Gettysburg Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA with a Master's of Divinity. Before ordination she served at All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie, MD. In 1990 Wanda was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and was called to the Lutheran Church of Reformation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. While there, Wanda along with Roger Truehart was instrumental in starting Southeast Ministries, a social justice ministry in the inner city. In 2005 Wanda graduated from Lutheran School of Theology in Philadelphia with a Doctorate of Ministry degree. In 2007, she was called to Lake Preston/North Preston Lutheran Churches in Lake Preston, SD. She retired in 2014 and moved to Rockford, IL where she served as interim pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church until August 2016. Wanda will be remembered for her love of preaching, her generosity, her concern for the disadvantaged, and her gifts from the kitchen (bread baking skills) among other things.
She is survived by her son, J. Chris (Lisa) McNeill of Winston-Salem, NC; sister, Stella (Charles) Schroeder of Rockford; niece, Laura (Brian) Brown of Platteville, WI; nephew, David (Beth) Schroeder of Cherry Valley; great-nieces and nephews, Victoria Schroeder, Benjamin Schroeder and Caitlin Brown; along with numerous cousins. The family would like to give a special thank you to Victoria Schroeder and OSF Hospice.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Rev. Twila Schock officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the church. Memorials to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4620 20th St. Rockford, IL 61109.