Doris Nanny Wheeler of Waxahachie, TX. has embarked on the joyous pathway into Heaven. Doris was born in Danzig, Germany on June 24, 1930 and gently passed away on June 22, 2023 two days short of 93rd Birthday. Doris is proceeded by her father Reinhard Wedhorn and stepmother Elizabeth Wedhorn, loving husband Bill Wheeler and son Mark Stephen Tuminello, daughter-in law Irene Orozco Tuminello and son-in law Dennis Tumminello. Mom leaves behind children Rita Marie Ryan, John Reinhard Tuminello & spouse Dana Tuminello and step daughters Kim Karen Higgins, Anita Lynn Wheeler & Julia Kay Wheeler Preston, Amanda Sanchez and spouse Andy Sanchez and Haley Buchanan. Grandchildren Jason Ryan & Racheal Ryan, Stephen Tuminello, Brianna Tuminello, Alex Tuminello, Jennifer & spouse Jacob Grant, Christian Korsmo, Erin Oubre & spouse Haratio Oubre, Alissa Rogers. There are also eleven great grandchildren. I have also inherited the dog, my brother Mini Cooper.
Mom absolutely loved nature, flowers and flower gardens as those are a European tradition in which she was raised in. Mom had an unquenchable zest for life, family, friends and friendships, they made her world complete. Mom was most charitable to those whom she loved and admired. Mom also had an avid tenacity to her from which she inherited from father that enabled her to take on, and conquer issues that were placed in her pathway.
Mom’s early life was a struggle having lived through the onset of World War II and the tumultuously difficult years that followed. The Wedhorn family reconnected in the free side of the Germany in a small town of Bruchkurbel after the war. There she met an American GI Sam Tuminello and fell in love and were married in Germany. In 1953, she made the trip to American and met up with her husband in Shreveport, LA. Mom learned the American language but never lost her German accent. There they had 3 children and after 21 years the marriage was dissolved. Mom spent several years working at Louisiana Industries concrete manufacturer, there she would meet Bill Wheeler whom was there on business trip. The two hit it off straight-away and fell in love. Shortly thereafter she sold the house and headed to Dallas TX., to start a new life as Doris Wheeler. They had a wonderful life together, they were always on the go with family and friends and traveled about in America and in Europe. They built a lake house at Lake Cypress Spring and Bill got a pilot’s license and bought a plane. Those two flew about Texas and the surrounding areas. They had a special Love until Bill’s passing in 1990.
Mom left the Lake house after a few years, and had several homes until finally settling down in Waxahachie, TX. Here she would spend the next thirteen years until her passing. Mom moved from housing to a retirement apartment where she picked out an apartment on the third floor corner apartment. It had a great view and she really dolled the place. She had several friends and always enjoyed entertaining. Mom was an avid reader and also joined a writers a club. Mom had several of her stories published in the Waxahachie News Paper. She ended up writing a book about her life, the trials and tribulations she encountered as a child in war torn Europe, as well as the joy she found later in life. The book is called “Surviving Despite All Odds”. Mom will be greatly missed here on earth by her loved ones she leaves behind, but now has a new apartment in Heaven and I’m sure it’s all dolled up and she is entertaining friends and family from the past.