Wanda L. Deme
West Palm Beach, FL- Wanda L. Deme, 79, died on the morning of May 6, surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Deme was born in Readsboro, VT, on July 3, 1939, to Gerald and Alice (Berard) Bowen. She graduated from Drury High School. She married Gordon Randall (Randy) Batchelder, of Readsboro, and together they had five children.
Subsequently, she and Kenneth Boos owned and operated the Wilmington White House Inn and Fat City night club for 15 years, hosting acts such as the Fabulous Farquahr, Bo Diddley, Gary “US” Bonds, and Sweet Pie. In addition they ran Beaver Brook Stables, offering trail rides and boarding more than 60 horses.
Mrs. Deme was a care giver for many years in the greater Palm Beach area. She loved to travel and visited many countries and Caribbean islands, and many trips around the United States as well. Spending time with her family was her favorite thing to do. She loved music and dancing. Her outlook on life was always positive and she embraced any person she met with open arms. She never knew a stranger.
Mrs. Deme is survived by her husband, Sandor Miklos Deme, of West Palm Beach; her brother David Bowen, of Albany, NY; her children and their spouses, Chris Batchelder and Tina Sanders, of Colorado; Tammie and William Weiss, of New York: Todd Batchelder and Diane Wheeler, of Vermont: Carla Batchelder and Brian Craft, of West Palm Beach, and her adopted daughter Marni Halpern and her husband Adam, of Massachusetts. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Chris Batchelder Jr, Brandon Batchelder, Bridget Ryszkowski, Amanda Batchelder, Steven Batchelder, Todd Batchelder Jr, Richard Weiss, Matthew Lynch, Dustin Breeden, and Michael Halpern; as well as her eight great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Hayley, Evelyn, Madison, Desiree, Ely, Raymond, and Hazel. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Gary Bowen, and her infant son Gordon.
A private service was held in West Palm Beach on May 9. A service will be held in Readsboro at a later date.