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Wanda Elaine Cheso

Wanda Cheso, age 69, passed away on January 30, 2023, in Portola, California. Wanda was born June 10, 1953, to the late Grayden Lander Thurman and Winifred Enid (Duncan) Bradshaw in Oxnard, California. She spent her school years in South San Francisco and was a graduate of the SSFHS class of 1971. Wanda was one of five children and was the mother to Casandra Howard of Clearlake, California.

Wanda worked at Charley Brown’s in Redwood City, California, before moving to Graeagle, California, in 1985. Shortly thereafter, her sisters Irene and Karen moved to the area, settling in Portola, where they raised their families. Over the years Wanda worked at the Mohawk Tavern, the River Pines restaurant Mt. Tomba. She spent a short period of time in Arizona before moving to Clearlake, California in 2007 where her daughter lived. While there she volunteered at the American Legion tending bar, preparing food for special events; always making friends and helping others. In 2017 Wanda returned to Graeagle and eventually Portola.

She is remembered for her love of music, everything from Frank Sinatra to Queen to the Spice Girls, her fashion sense, and her love for fishing. She loved her family and friends, her dogs, dancing, nature, and taking road trips. She truly loved life to the fullest.

She had a giving heart always thinking of others. Over the years she opened her home many times to family and friends who needed a place to live. She was generous to those in need. She loved her daughter, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and we shall see her again.

Wanda is survived by her daughter Casandra Howard of Clearlake, California; sisters Helen Thurman Brouillette of Shasta Lake, California, and Irene Kotta-Ohle of Genoa, Illinois; mother Winifred Bradshaw of Show Low, Arizona, and step-dad Thomas Kotta of Reno, Nevada, and longtime companion, Mike Ross of Portola. She is also survived by four nieces, Heather Adami, Amber Bergstrand Schauman, Kayle Ohle, and Jessica Brouillette; five nephews, Jason Thurman, Joseph Fabbro, Christopher Stanton, Chance Ohle and Trevor Ohle, seven great-nieces/nephews and eight cousins.

Wanda is preceded in death by her brother George Kotta, formerly of the Bay Area and sister Karen Thurman Adami, formerly of Portola, CA.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer.

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