Wilda Marie (Major) Ondrick, 94, passed away on May 28, 2021 at New Life Hospice Center in Lorain, Ohio following a brief illness.
Wilda was born March 8, 1927 in Morristown, Ohio to Oliver and Velma (McMillan) Major. She graduated from Belmont High School in 1945 and married the love of her life Steve Ondrick on November 22, 1947. Wilda and Steve moved to Lorain the same year then to Amherst in 1979.
She is survived by her sister Shirley Wilhelm of Morristown, OH; her son Steve and her daughter Tami Selent, both of Amherst, her granddaughter Connie (Randall) Moores of Ashtabula and grandson Mark (Crystal) Selent of University Heights. Also surviving are five great -grandchildren: Maxwell, Eleanor, Margaret, Aaron and Gili.
Wilda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of sixty-one years Steve, and many relatives and friends.
Wilda was a homemaker after marrying and enjoyed keeping a clean house and baking. She was active in PTA when her children were young. An avid reader, Wilda enjoyed swapping books with her family and friends. In their retirement years, Wilda and Steve enjoyed taking road trips to visit relatives in Kent, OH and visiting Amish country. Wilda spent copious amounts of time with both her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even taking her first flight on an airplane to Texas to meet her second great grandchild when she was born. Into her 90’s Wilda loved to shop! She enjoyed garage sales, thrift stores, looking for new home decor, grocery shopping and never resisted buying a new pair of shoes.
Wilda was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Amherst. She was active in Circle Six and enjoyed baking cookies for their annual Christmas bake sale as well as contributing to monthly collections for the food bank. Wilda also enjoyed attending TOPS for many years.
Funeral and burial are private with arrangements by Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Second Harvest Food Bank; 5510 Baumhart Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
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