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Wendy Wenberg

February 3, 1941 - February 24, 2020

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Sharron Wendy Wenberg, 79, of Mission, passed away on February 24th at Mission Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

Wendy is predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Keith, survived by her children, Jeff (Michelle&Kate) and Tracey (P.J.),her granddaughter Brooke, and her brother Gary.

Her greatest joys in life were her family, pets (Scrappy, J.J. and, Livvy) and serving her community through volunteer work for the past 40-plus years. Wendy was deeply involved in many clubs and boards of directors, with a focus on senior care and housing in the city of Mission. Wendy spent many years on the boardof directors for the Mission Association of Seniors Housing, advocating for the improvement of senior living in the city. She also took great care in her volunteer work with the Mission Seniors Centre.She always had a passion for senior care, exemplified when she became a caregiver and advocate for her husband during his battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia.Together Wendy and her husband, Keith, were instrumental in the erection of the 9/11 monument at the Sumas border. This was a cause close to Keith’s heart as he was a Burnaby firefighter for more than 30 years. Wendy involved herself in the firefighting community, as a source of support and a volunteer. Wendy took pride in her involvement with the Lioness/Lions Club and the Mission Legion. Amassing many awards over the years, such as Lioness and secretary of the year. Wendy made lifelong friends in all the clubs and boards of directors with which she was involved. This comes as no surprise because she made new friends wherever she went. You could always count on her warm boisterous laugh and bright smile to light up any room and welcome anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her.

Sharron Wendy Smith was born February 3, 1941 in Vancouver, B.C., to parents Sadie “Peggy” Marguerite Newton and Albert “Bert” Smith. In 3rd grade she was asked to go by her middle name, Wendy, as there were already many other girls in her class with the name Sharron. At 12 years old Wendy survived a life-threatening case of meningitis. She had a tumultuous childhood, but Wendy found enjoyment in music, she was a wonderful singer and accordion player, which she went on to teach. Growing up with a single mother, Wendy had to leave school in 10th grade to help contribute to the household. She did later complete her GED when she reached her early 40’s. From dropping out in 10th grade, Wendy started working at Gault Brothers, where she eventually met her future husband, Keith Wayne Wenberg. They married April 6th, 1963, and welcomed their first child, Steven Jeffrey, in March of 1964. Two years later, they welcomed their daughter, Tracey Lee.

Wendy was always an educator, working as an ESL teacher to Laos and Vietnamese immigrants and as a librarian at the Mission Institution medium security prison and Confederation Park Elementary. Her zest for knowledge extended into her personal life, having a deep love of genealogy. This interest was due to a successful search for a half-sibling she had been aware of on her father’s side. After their initial meeting, Wendy and her half-brother, Gary Dorland, remained close and bonded as family. Family was Wendy’s top priority, accepting with open arms her children’s partners, P.J. and Michelle, and her step-granddaughter, Kate. She was deeply proud of all Tracey and Jeff’s achievements, always involved in their lives and there to lend a helping hand. Wendy passed along her love of crafts and animals to her granddaughter, Brooke, who she spent many weekends with teaching how to needlepoint, draw and watching animal documentaries. The love and laughter Wendy shared with her granddaughter was unsurpassed.

Another passion that Wendy shared with her granddaughter was travel. For many, many years, Wendy, Keith and Brooke would pack up their motorhome and spend the summer driving around B.C. and Alberta camping. Wendy and Brooke would make up games to play together while Keith drove, then she would set up camp while Keith and Brooke took off to explore the campground. Before having a grandchild, Wendy and Keith would hop on their Honda Goldwing and go on road trips throughout Canada and the U.S. This time that they spent together Wendy treasured. Wendy adored San Francisco and Vancouver Island, always recounting stories of the amazing times they’d had there on their visits, and always yearned to go back. She loved being near the ocean, finding calmness and solace in the sound of the waves. After Keith retired from the Burnaby fire department, he took up part time work with Mission towing. Wendy would often tag along on these long-haul trucking journeys, so that they could explore more of the world together and keep each other company.

Wendy was a compassionate, strong, hilarious and warm-hearted woman who will be deeply missed by not only her family and friends, but all the members of the Mission community, and beyond, whose lives she has touched.

A celebration of life will be held in early April, an exact date is TBA.

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From: Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre

Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Marilyn Butchart
Relation: Friend

I am deeply saddened by the loss of your mother and my friend. We met through the Mission and District Lions Club, and became instant friends. Through our friendship and with both her husband (Keith) and my husband Rick being ill, we joined the Caregivers Support Group where we met other people who helped us deal with both our husbands passing. Through this group we were able to help them cope with their feelings also. Our friendship grew through the passing of our husbands and we were able to grieve, talk, laugh and help others in some of the same positions as we had been. Many times we talked on the phone or just cried but we got through that time to have a stronger friendship. I will miss talking to her in person, on the phone, we always had good conversations. Please accept my condolences, and remember all the good times you had as a family.
Marilyn Butchart

From: Fred and Judith
Relation: Colleagues and friends

We were so sad to learn of Wendy’s death and we will miss her in so many ways. She was a friend and colleague in many groups including the Pleasant View, Welton Towers, MASH, and Legion boards and connections. We appreciated her good sense of humour and how readily she shared her caring with others openly and generously. We send our love and support to her family. She will be missed

From: Debb Carter-Gormley
Relation: Friend

My sincerest condolence! We loved Wendy on Jigidi she was a very bright light and will be well remembered.

From: Beverly Perko
Relation: She goes by the name unicorn3 on jigidi puzzle site. I am in USA

Dear Sweet Wendy, You shall be missed. R.I.P. your Friend, Beverly

From: betty ann leduc
Relation: friend

Wendy and I being the same age often referred to ourselves as twins. We often went to physiotherapy together and we had great fun joking and laughing with our friend and physiotherapist Mark. She will be missed by us a lot.

From: Liana Wiik
Relation: Online friend

I met Wendy through the online puzzle community called Jigidi. She was an amazing participant and friend there, even though most of us had not met her in person. She was always encouraging and positive. What a wonderful woman she was in so many arenas. Jeff, Tracey, and Brooke, my prayers are with you that your comfort and peace be found in God and in the memories you were blessed to share.

From: Terry Schur
Relation: friend

I moved to Mission in 1996 she was the first person to welcome us to the block. We became good friends even when we moved to the Island in 2004. I have many memories of Wendy she was funny, kind, and always there when I needed her I will miss her my heart is sad for Jeff, Tracy, and Brooke.

From: Irene Stevenson
Relation: Puzzle friend

A lovely lady with a wonderful sense of humour. Wendy (Unicorn3) will be missed more than you know. R.I.P. my friend.

From: Wayne Hogue
Relation: www.jigidi.com

Wendy was such a blessing to all of her friends on the www.jigidi.com page where she posted funny and inspirational puzzles and comments. She is greatly missed. RIP, Wendy. We will see you on the other side.
Wayne Hogue a.k.a. ParsonWayne and PWH on Jigidi,com.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
April 4, 2020
Beginning at 2:30pm

Location:
Mission Seniors Centre
33100 10th Avenue
Mission, BC Canada

33100 10th Avenue
Mission, BC Canada

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