Mary "Marion" Wendel

Friday, July 5th, 2019
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Mary (Marion) M. Wendel of Chatham, NJ, and formerly of Manlius, NY, passed away peacefully at her home in Juniper Village on July 5, 2019. She was a caring mother and grandmother (called “Muzzie”) who was known for her beautiful gentle smile, quick wit, sense of style and her compassion for all. She loved children and had five of her own. Marion was also a beloved teacher for over 35 years and retired in 1991 after twenty-six years as an elementary school educator at Bolivar Road in Chittenango, NY.

Marion was born in New York City in 1926. She was a lifelong learner who graduated from Hunter College and received her master’s degree from SUNY Cortland. When not in the classroom, you would often find Marion listening to music, reading books, writing letters, eating anything chocolate and rooting for the Yankees and Syracuse University sports. She always found time to walk with friends even while being a busy mother of five.

Known as a gentle but firm teacher and mother, Marion’s greatest attributes were her generosity, compassion and dedication as both a mother and an educator. Her independence and sense of adventure led her to meet and marry the love of her life, Donald, her husband of 50 years. After graduating from college both met while working on Grace Line Cruise ships that sailed from New York City to South America. Their love of travel and experiencing different countries, cultures and people continued throughout their long marriage.

Those that passed before Marion are her husband, Donald E. Wendel; her parents, Martin J and Rose Walsh; and her sister, Patricia Ciesielski. She is survived by her five children, Mike Wendel (Nancy), Patricia McClary, Robert Wendel, Nancy Conrad (Jim), Caron Chance (Kenny); along with her brother, Col. John P. Walsh; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in New Jersey at St. Vincent Martyr, Madison, NJ on Friday July 12, at 11am.

A second service will be in Manlius NY on Tuesday, July 16th. A calling hour will be at Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel, 8171 Cazenovia Rd., Manlius from 9:30-10:30am followed by a memorial service at St. Ann’s Church in Manlius at 11am. Marion will be laid to rest in Manlius Village Cemetery next to her husband.

Contributions may be made to:

Alzheimer’s Association or mail: 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

St. Barnabas Hospice Health
or mail: 80 Main St. Suite 210, West Orange, NJ 07052
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel
    8171 Cazenovia Rd.
    Manlius, New York 13104
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Ann's Church
    104 Academy Street
    Manlius, NY 13104
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Jennifer Haas

Posted at 06:34am
My condolences to your family. I was one of Mrs. Wendel’s third graders in 1980-81 and still remember her as my favorite teacher. She fed my love of reading and learning about the world, and stayed my pen pal even after I’d moved to another school. I have a third grader of my own this year and was just thinking about Mrs. Wendel and hoping my son would find third grade to be as magical as I did. Please know how much of an impact your mom/grandmother had on her students.

Jennifer vonSneidern Haas

Posted at 03:20pm
Dear Wendel family,
So very sorry for your loss. I was very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My mother so enjoyed her company and missed her when she moved. Your mom was always so nice to all of us.
With deepest sympathy, Gerry DeMarco McCarthy

Elizabeth Loftus

Posted at 09:21am
Dear Mike, Rob, Patty, Nancy, and Caron.

My sister Gerry and I are so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. We have many nice memories of our families together and especially of the friendship she and our late mother shared for so many years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Liz DeMarco Loftus

Mark Brownell

Posted at 12:31am
Dear Wendel family, I was fortunate enough to have your mom as a teacher at Bolivar in the early 70’s. She had a very deep impact on me. She was definitely my favorite elementary schoolteacher. My mother ran into her sometime in the mid 90’s & she still remembered me. My deepest sympathies & condolences.

Mark Brownell

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