Mrs. Wendel, known as “Nancy” to all, grew up in Whitestone, N.Y. She married Henry Wendel in 1961 and they had two children. Mrs. Wendel obtained a master’s degree in counseling and served as a mental health/drug prevention counselor with the New York City Public School System from 1984 to 1992, working with adolescent children. After moving to Arizona she joined Hadassah, serving in many positions, including Tucson chapter president in 1998. During this time she started the “Read/Write” program in Tucson and worked with countless children in the Tucson area.
Mrs. Wendel was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Frank Koone, Jr. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Henry Wendel; children, Karen Koone of Tucson and David Wendel of Middletown, N.J.; and four grandchildren.
Services were held at East Lawn Palms Mortuary, followed by interment in East Lawn Palms Cemetery, with Rabbinic Chaplain Sandra Wortzel officiating.