Firelands Obituaries

Toft Funeral Home and Crematory
2001 Columbus Ave
Sandusky, OH 44870
Phone: 419-625-8816

View All Obituaries from Toft Funeral Home and Crematory

Wanda Laslea Pelchar

Wanda Laslea Pelchar, 89, Sandusky, died on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Stein Hospice Care Center, after a courageous battle with cancer.


She was born on June 26, 1921 in North Fairfield, OH, and graduated from Willard High School in 1939.


She worked for the B & O Railroad during WWII, and along with her husband, John, she owned and operated Laslea’s Market from 1945 until 1985. Wanda also owned an apartment rental company for many years.


She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard, OH.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, was an avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.


Wanda is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Laslea, Sandusky, OH; grandchildren, Sheri (Chuck) Tackett, Michelle (Jason) Rowe, and Dale Slater, Jr., all of Willard, OH, Dannielle Hollingshed, Sandusky, OH, Traci (Andrew Seay) Winbigler of Connecticut, and Cara Aldrich, Lima, OH; thirteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Linda Howell and Janice Nead, both of Willard, OH and Glenda Duncan of Kentucky; brother, Larry Holmes, Lakeland, FL; and other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Laslea; second husband, Mike Pelchar; parents, Howard and Marjorie (Sparks) Holmes; son, John A. Laslea; and brothers, Harold, Glenn, Wendell, John, Jerry Holmes; and a sister, Loris Gearheart.


Friends may call on Thursday, June 16, 2011, from 11 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1 P.M. in Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Willard.  Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH, 44870, or to the Humane Society of Erie Co., 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH, 44870.   Condolences may be shared at