Wanda Jane Owen Held, former features editor of the Glendale News-Press, died June 12 in a retirement facility in Modesto. She was 96.
She was born on July 14, 1914 in East Liverpool, Ohio. Her early career was spent touring as a professional opera singer and model. Her interests were classical music, the arts and taking cruises.
From the early 1970s to 1976, she wrote features and covered society news under the byline of Wanda Owen for the former Ledger Newspapers, said Steve Carpenter, who was the production manager of the newspaper group. Her articles ran in the Ledger, serving La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose and parts of Pasadena, as well as in the Glendale Ledger and Burbank Ledger.
“She was great, easy-going, very non-assuming and never had a bad word to say about anybody,” Carpenter said.
Held became editor of the People Section for the Glendale News-Press from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s.