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Wahlig, Ethel Schenck

Ethel Schenck Wahlig

Ethel E. Schenck Wahlig, of Riverdale, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at the age of 88. A native of New Orleans, La., Mrs. Wahlig moved to Georgia, along with her husband, Wesley, to be closer to their children and grandchildren, in 2005. The move came after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home.

Mrs. Wahlig, a graduate of Louisiana State University, was a retired junior high school science teacher in New Orleans. She was a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, having been confirmed and married from that church. At Immanuel, she served as a Sunday School teacher and Secretary/Treasurer. She was also a member of several committees, a member of the Church Council, President of the Women of the Church, representing the New Orleans women at the National Convention of this group.

After Immanuel’s building was sold, Mrs. Wahlig became a member of Grace Lutheran, where she helped with the monthly newsletter and served as a Eucharistic Minister. After the move to Georgia, she became an active member of Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, in Riverdale, Ga.

Mrs. Wahlig was an active volunteer at the Lutheran Home of New Orleans, where she was Secretary of the Ladies’ Guild. She was also Secretary of the Ladies’ Auxiliary at Bethlehem Treatment Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Christian Schenck, Sr., her brother, Charles Christian Schenck, Jr., and her son, Barry Wahlig. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Wesley D. Wahlig, of Riverdale; her sister, Shirley White, of Midland, Texas, and sister-in-law Bethia Schenck, of Milton, Fla. Also surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Brenda Wahlig, of Riverdale, Ga., daughter-in-law, Linda Wahlig, of Marietta; granddaughters, Virginia (Brian) Gilbert, of Escondido, Calif., Rachel Wahlig, of Marietta, Ga., Amanda Wahlig, of Washington, D.C., and grandson, Daniel Wahlig, of Marietta, Ga., along with several nephews and nieces.

Services for Mrs. Wahlig will be held on Sunday, Feb.19, at 2 p.m., at the Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, Riverdale, with the Rev. Jeffrey M. Halenza officiating. The family will receive visitors on Sunday, at 1 p.m., and after the service, at a reception to be held in the church fellowship hall. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, or Southwest Christian Hospice Center, in Union City, Ga.