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Wanda Allen Ganzerla

November 19, 1953 — April 23, 2024

Denver

Wanda Allen Ganzerla passed away on April 23, 2024, in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 70. Born on November 19, 1953, in Jackson, Mississippi, she lived with the effects of cerebral palsy her entire life.  Most of her life was spent in the Jackson area until July 2023, when she embarked on a cross-country move with her family to Colorado. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed reading mystery novels, solving puzzles, listening to country music and, most importantly, spending time with her beloved grandchildren, Kaylee and Dante Hooper. She was a lifelong Disney fan and realized a dream when she traveled to Walt Disney World in April 2021 with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

In addition to her grandchildren, Wanda is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Hooper; son-in-law, Jason Hooper; nephew, Robbie Whitley; niece, Stephanie Vickers; and step-mother, De' Allen, as well as multiple great-nieces and -nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Earl Allen; mother, Mary Dell Shipp, beloved Auntie, Ruby Nell Barber; brother, Robert Allen, Jr.; sister, Donna Whitley; sister, Barbara Vickers; nephew, Scott Whitley; and ex-husband and good friend, Michael Ganzerla.

A private family service to honor Wanda's life will be held at The Cremation Gardens in Centennial, Colorado, on May 17, 2024, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Cerebral Palsy Research Network. Horan and McConaty in Centennial, Colorado, is assisting with the funeral arrangements.

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