Phyllis Anne Faust Wanberg

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Phyllis Anne Faust Wanberg, the mother of Durango resident Diane (Faust) Sadler, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at her home in Phoenix. She was 83.

Mrs. Wanberg was born to Hiram and Flossie Hill on April 27, 1929, in Ottawa, Ohio. She graduated from Ottawa High School and later attended Phoenix College in Phoenix.

In 1950, she married Albert A. Faust in Findlay, Ohio. The couple had two children before the marriage ended in divorce.

She moved to Phoenix with her children in 1958. She loved the climate of the desert, the friends she made and the opportunities Phoenix offered, her family said. Mrs. Wanberg worked for Mountain Bell and the Bell System for 32 years before retiring in 1982 to move to Anchorage, Alaska.

In 1980, she met and later married John Wanberg of Anchorage. She enjoyed flying with her husband, and they made several trips back and forth to Phoenix in their plane. They spent several years living part time there until she settled in Anchorage, where she lived for more than 20 years before returning to Phoenix in 2004 to be closer to her family.

“Phyllis loved the ‘Last Frontier,’” her family said.

Mrs. Wanberg had visited Durango many times and made a number of friends here since her daughter moved to the area in 1990.

She enjoyed spending time with her dog, Jade.

“Her family and friends knew her as an independent woman with a stubborn streak,” her family said. “She often referred to herself as a ‘Stubborn Old Broad.’ She had great compassion for people and was generous and kind to everyone she met. She loved young people and was a role model for many.”

Mrs. Wanberg was preceded in death by her husband, John Wanberg, in 1988; and former husband, Albert A. Faust.

She is survived by her daughter Diane Sadler of Durango; son Greg Faust of Phoenix; sister Bette Reese of Findlay; one grandson and two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wanberg requested no services, but asked that friends and family celebrate her life in a simple way that is fitting for her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Arizona Humane Society at; or the Veteran Tickets Foundation, an organization that gives tickets to sporting and other events to veterans, at

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