CENTRALIA — Delores Tavey Wanzo (nee Norwood), passed away on the morning of March 1, 2016, at home in Centralia, Illinois. Delores was born on December 20, 1929, in Centralia, the daughter of Samuel and Allineal Norwood (nee Humble). In June of 1948, Delores married her loving and devoted husband, Otto Wanzo. They were married for 39 years.
She is survived by: children, Bobbie Wanzo, Bonnie Wanzo, Richard Wanzo and wife Nicole all of Chicago, Candace Wanzo of Centralia; grandchildren, Megan Wanzo of Centralia, Otto Wanzo, Azalea Wanzo both of Chicago; sister, Maryann Collins of Centralia; brothers, William Ronald Norwood and wife Molly of Mesa, Arizona, Richard Norwood and wife Joyce of Laguna Niguel, California; sisters-in-law, Ora Lee Brown, Janice Coleman Norwood of Centralia; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other family and friends.
Delores was preceded in death by: husband, Otto Wanzo; parents, Samuel and Allineal Norwood; brother, Robert Dean Norwood; nephews Dennis Norwood, William Ronald Norwood; niece Katrina Collins.
Delores Wanzo was a lifelong resident of Centralia. She was a Business Administrator at the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center where she retired after 27 years of committed and dedicated service.
Delores accepted Christ at an early age and was a lifelong member of Second Baptist Church where she served as Church Trustee and member of the Women’s League Club. She served as Assistant Superintendent of the Church Sunday School and taught Sunday School for many years. Delores also served as President and Secretary of the Women’s League Club.
Delores was an avid sports fan. She loved the Centralia Orphans, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Chicago Bulls. She also loved to entertain. Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Breakfast at Delores’ were memorable events. One of Delores’ greatest joys was spending time with her family, especially her three beautiful grandchildren.
Delores Wanzo never met a stranger and had a wonderful zest for life. She was an advocate for community involvement and always lead by example. Over the years, she served on a number of boards and committees. Delores believed in giving back and giving a helping hand up. This belief was exhibited in her extensive volunteer work and community service.
She served as President of P.A.V.E. (People Against a Violent Environment); Trustee Centralia Township; Trustee and Member of the Kaskaskia College Foundation Board; Secretary of the Child Welfare Club; Balloon Fest Committee for 4 years; Member of Centralia Historical Society Fund Raising Committee; Sponsor of Jr. Girl’s Club for over 30 years; President of the Central Region Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc.; Finance Chair of the Marion County Board; President St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary; Member of Centralia City School Board for 11 years; Member of Centralia Recreation Board for over 25 years; Chairman of West Marion County Cancer Society and Public Relations Chairman; Member of Centralia Cultural Society’s Executive Board; Member of the Vocational Education Advisory Council for Centralia HighSponsor of Jr. Girl’s Child Welfare Club School; State President of the Illinois Association of Club Women and Youth; Member of the Salvation Army Board; Member of Shagbark Girl Scout Council Board of Directors; Charter Member – Centralia Correctional Center Citizen’s Advisory Board; President of the Community Resource Center; Member of the Private Industry Council (PIC) Board; Vice-President of the Regional Association of Club Women and Youth; Educational Program Chairman of the Centralia Bicentennial Commission; Centralia 69th Annual Halloween Special Units Committee; Member of Centralia’s Awareness Drug Abuse Board of Directors; Kaskaskia College Administrative Assistant Board; Business and Professional Women of America; Parent Support System of Centralia; and the Big “D” Relay for life team.
Delores received many special awards and recognition. She was the recipient of the Business and Professional Women’s “Women of the Year” Award; Illinois Social Workers “Woman of the Year” Award; Jaycee’s Outstanding Citizen’s Award; American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) “Women of the Year” Award; Southern District Illinois Association “Club Women of the Year” Award; Illinois State Board of Education “Volunteer” Award; Kaskaskia College – “Administrative Assistant Program Award”; Illinois Association of School Boards, Centralia City Schools – “Award of Merit”; National Association of Social Workers, Southern Illinois District – “Citizen of the Year” Award; Resolution from the Illinois State House of Representatives for Community Service; Resolution from the City of Centralia for Service to the Community; Resolution from the City of Centralia for serving over 25 years on the Recreation Board; Second Baptist Church – “Award for Character, Leadership and Dedication”; and Award of Excellence for Years of Service on the Marion County Board.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Second Baptist Church, 512 Haussler Street, Centralia, IL with the Rev. Isaac Parker officiating. Internment immediately following the service at Elmwood Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia.
Memorials may be made to the “Big D ” Relay for Life Team
Online condolences and memories of Delores may be shared with the family at maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.