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Wanda L. Mesiana, 78, Greenwood, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

She was born in Shoals on Feb. 2, 1936, to William Andrew and Inez Marie Grigsby Stringer. Wanda was a 1954 graduate of Shoals High School, where she was a cheerleader.

In 1957, she was a princess in the queen’s court of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 Festival parade. She worked as an executive secretary for U.S. Rubber and RCA. She also worked as a medical assistant for MedCheck and a sales associate for Sears. Wanda was a cheerleading mother for the Northeastwood Youth Football Association and was a member of the American Legion Post 495 Women’s Auxiliary.

She married Joseph A. Mesiana on Dec. 3, 1956. Joseph passed away on March 5, 1998.

Wanda is survived by her children, Joseph Anthony Mesiana Jr. (Terri), Mary Christina Bleizeffer (David) and Angela Mesiana-Frazer; grandchildren, Cameron, Joey, Gregory, Demi, Dominick, Josephine, Shannah and Kagney; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Iva; sister, Wilma Engle; brother, Charles Stringer; dear family friend, Susan Wilkins; and best friend, Marilyn Force.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East St., Indianapolis. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 8300 Rahke Road, Indianapolis. Burial will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at orileyfuneralhome.com.

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