On December 17, 2018, Laurel Margaret Wangnild of Loveland, Colorado, passed away peacefully in her sleep to join her Lord and Savior.
Laurel was born on December 14, 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa to Verne Peterson and Elizabeth (Mandeville) Peterson. She attended Hayes Country School until it closed. She then attended Storm Lake High School where she graduated Valedictorian. She went on to Buena Vista College and graduated with honors. She received a degree in mathematics with a teaching certificate.
Laurel married William “Bill” Wangnild July 16, 1966 in Storm Lake Iowa. Bill and Laurel were married for 47 years. They lived on the family ranch in the Laramie River Valley in Glendevey, Colorado. She was a substitute teacher at Gleneyre Elementary, a rural school near the ranch. They moved to Loveland in 1979 and a few years later Laurel went to work at Colorado Crystal Corp and was there for 19 years as a Design Engineer. After leaving Colorado Crystal Corp, she taught math for two years at Heritage Christian High School in Fort Collins.
During college, Laurel spent two summers mentoring inner city kids and young adults in St Louis, Missouri. Laurel spent much of her time as an active member of her church. She was a part of various bible study groups, teaching Sunday school, and other volunteer activities within her church including a couple of mission trips. She mentored kids and she volunteered for various programs assisting the homeless. Laurel also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and she especially adored her grandkids. She loved the outdoors - camping, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and sledding with her kids and grandkids. She also enjoyed working in her yard. Her best furry friends were her kitties and Miss Kitty was her favorite.
Laurel is survived by her brother Stan Peterson; daughter Holly Suess (Rick); sons Dan Wangnild (Brenda) and Ben Wangnild (Melissa); her daughter-in-law Shey Musgrave; grandchildren Jenna Doughty (Brent), Paige Suess, CJ Wangnild, Kyle Wangnild, Melayni Wangnild, Evan Wangnild, Avery Wangnild, Olivia Wangnild, Carson Wangnild and Jonathon Wangnild; her great grandchildren Levi and Violet Strickland; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Laurel was preceded in death by her parents Verne Peterson and Elizabeth (Mandeville) Peterson and son Jonathon Wangnild.
Memorial Services will be held at Life Spring Church, 743 South Dotsero Drive, Loveland, CO 80537 on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Crossroads Safe House, Life Spring Church youth ministries or Samaritan’s Purse.