Dolores "Dee" Ann Wenz

Born: Tue., Mar. 31, 1936
Died: Tue., May 23, 2017


Visitation

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., May 30, 2017
1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., May 31, 2017
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Jun. 01, 2017
Location: Bethel Lutheran Church


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Dolores “Dee” Ann Wenz passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, May 23, 2017, at Parkcliffe Alzheimer’s Community Building 7 South, surrounded by her husband and children.  Dolores was born the third child to Henry F. and Estella A. (Ahrendt) Becker on March 31, 1936.  She attended Arlington School and was a 1954 graduate of Libbey High School, where she majored in home economics and took accordion lessons with Trick Brothers in conjunction with Libbey High School.  Two weeks after high school, Dolores began her career at Singer Sewing Machine Company.  During her time with the company, she performed many tasks such as demonstrating how to use sewing machines to potential customers.  However, her greatest achievement while at Singer was working with 500 area school children and signing them up for sewing classes.  For this, Dolores won a trip from the company to New York City to be recognized by Singer.
    While working at Singer, through a blind date set up by her sister, Virginia and brother-in-law Jerry, Dolores met a young farmer/greenhouse owner, Donald Wenz.  They dated for a while and after a few years decided to get married.  When Donald’s service in the U.S. Army National Guard was completed in 1963, they became husband and wife on November 9, 1963 at Bethel Lutheran Church.  With her sewing talent, she designed and made her wedding dress along with the wedding party dresses.
    Dolores decided she would become a housewife and help Donald, along with his brother Glenn and wife Janet, with their evolving greenhouse business.  She retired from Singer two weeks before getting married with 9 ½ years of dedicated service.  For Dolores, it came time to start a family.  In 1965, she gave birth to her daughter, Kathy Marie.  In 1967, she gave birth to her son, Jeffery Donald.  Dolores took great pride in being a stay-at-home mother and caring for her beautiful home.  Later in life, after her children were grown, she worked on special projects at the family business, Wenz Brothers Farms, Ltd.  She also helped sell and share her knowledge of caring for plants at the Toledo and Detroit area markets.
    Dolores took great interest in finding projects for her children to do in the summer.  In 1977, during a visit to the Heatherdowns Branch Library, she saw a display for a pilot project, called ‘4-H Mini Garden’, in the local Lucas County 4-H Program.  That summer she took the kids to the Lucas County Fair for competition.  In future years, the Lucas County Fair became her annual ‘summer home’ for about one month each year.  In 1981, Dolores assumed the volunteer position of Lucas County Junior Fair Gardening Division Chairperson on the Lucas County Junior Fair Advisory Board.  She worked with many youths on their various gardening projects through her many years of service, giving them much knowledge and suggestions with their projects.  Regretfully, Dolores had to retire from her annual ‘summer volunteer job’ at the Lucas County Fair in 2007.
    Dolores was starting on her final journey in life, at that time, with Alzheimer’s Dementia.  Her family was starting to discover subtle changes in her behavior.  On January 10, 2013, Dolores entered Parkcliffe Alzheimer’s Community.  She was given the best care by the many caregivers throughout her 4 year stay.  Dolores always had a smile on her face and knew when her family came to visit her daily.  On April 28, 2017, Dolores entered UTMC Hospital for complications from the Alzheimer’s Dementia Disease.  She put up the best fight that she could and finally made it back to Parkcliffe where she passed away.
    In addition to being Lucas County Junior Fair Gardening Division Chairperson, Dolores served on the local Lucas County 4-H Advisory Council and was a 4-H Advisor to the Produce Pickers 4-H Club, in the Lucas County 4-H Program.  Along with her daughter, Kathy, she volunteered many summers at The Andersons Front Porch Cookout Days with the Lucas County Jr. Fair Board, grilling many hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and bratwursts, serving as the advisers for the project.   Dolores was an advisor for the local National Junior Horticulture Association.  She volunteered as a Division chairperson for many years in the Senior Fair Green Building at the annual Lucas County Fair, and assisted with many fund raisers and project the Lucas County Fair undertook.
    Dolores held many memberships in local organizations which included: The Lucas County Agricultural Society, Toledo Zoological Society, Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Society, local Frosty Friends Ornament Collectors Club, Bedding Plants International, poll worker with the Lucas County Board of Elections, and the Western Lake Erie Model ‘A’ Club.
    Dolores will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 53 ½ years, Donald Wenz; her children, Kathy Wenz and Jeffery Wenz; daughter-in-law, Jill Sujkowski; her two beautiful grandsons, Jack and James Wenz; brother, Donald Becker; sister, Virginia Walsh; niece Diana (Dennis) Schroeder; and by many extended family and friends.
     Family and friends may visit on Tuesday from 4-8p.m. and Wednesday from 1-8p.m. at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy.   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 with prayers in the mortuary at 9:15am followed by services at Bethel Lutheran Church at 10:00a.m.   Interment will follow at Elliston Cemetery.  Memorial tributes may be directed to Bethel Lutheran Church Unified Fund or the Lucas County Jr. Fair Gardening Division.  
    Dolores’ family would like to thank Parkcliffe Alzheimer’s Community nurses and staff for the many years of caring for their wife, mother and grandmother, especially the caregivers that worked in Building 7 South, you know who you are.  Also, a special thank you to Ohio Living Hospice for caring for Dolores during her final days, you are special angels.  

  

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Chris Falbo
   Posted Sun May 28, 2017
Donald, Kathy, Jeff and family,

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. What a beautiful lady she was and will always be. I remember many good things about Dee and will treasure them in my heart always. She was just like a mom to me when I worked the Flower Days sales in Detroit and Toledo, as well as the year I worked with you in the greenhouse. I feel better knowing that another beloved angel is looking down over us.

Chris Falbo

Sister Peg Collins Ohio Living and Hospice
   Posted Mon May 29, 2017
Please be assured of my thought and prayer for your loved one.
Sister Peg Collins Ohio Living and Hospice

Valerie Zimmerman
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Board of Directors and Members.

Thinking of you with sympathy in your loss. Just want you to know the Lucas County Agricultural Society is here for you.


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