It is with great sadness that the family of Wendy Ann Buechler (nee Logan) announces here sudden passing late in the evening of Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at the age of 57.
Left to forever cherish their memories of Wendy are her husband of 36 years, Glen; her daughter, Cari-Lynn; and her son, Wayne, his wife, Kathy, and their two children, Rebecca and Owen.
Wendy also is survived by her siblings, Shirley (Tom) Morrish, Marie Geiger, Tom (Christine) Logan, Bonnie Turriff, and Linda (Ernie) Jones; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Wendy was predeceased by her parents, Thomas John Patrick Logan, who passed away in 1999, and Helen Elizabeth (Ahdemar) Logan, who passed away earlier this year.
She tragically lost her younger brother, Larry Wayne Logan, in 1982 and her brother-in-law, Ben Geiger, in 2006.
Wendy was born Nov. 9, 1954 in Fort Frances, Ont. and lived there until her adventurous spirit ignited and she left to travel the country.
Along the way, she made countless friends and an equal number of memories. But it wasn’t until she finally established herself in Winnipeg, Man. that she met Glen, who would be her soulmate and partner.
Theirs was a love that endured both good and bad.
Wendy also discovered her life’s work: nursing. Working during the day and attending school at night, Wendy earned her nursing certificate and worked in the field for 25+ years.
Naturally empathetic with a good-natured spirit, Wendy was born to offer care and comfort to others.
When she was at home, her passion included cooking and baking. Her signature dishes included perogies, cabbages rolls, and “foggy” pea soup. But nothing compared to the goodies she would make at Christmastime. She always could be counted on to arrive with batches of nuts & bolts, shortbread, butter tarts, mincemeat tarts, and an array of other treats.
Ultimately, though, Wendy’s true calling was as a mother and later as a grandmother. There was nothing that she would not do for the children that she loved so much.
Even into their adult years, Wendy was all at once Cari and Wayne’s cheerleader, their confidante, and a constant source of emotional support when needed. Not a day went by growing up where she wouldn’t tell Cari and Wayne that she loved them and that feeling was obviously reciprocated.
Generous with her hugs and kisses, Wendy was intent on showering her kids with love and affection. As her family began to grow, Wendy demonstrated the same kind of love for her grandchildren, Rebecca and Owen.
The biggest hole left in our hearts will be the time we all spent with Wendy. Some of the memories that we will treasure include going to the Red River Exhibition every June once school had let out to spend the evening riding the midway, Christmases spent in Edmonton, “Coronation Street” marathons on Sunday mornings, riding the bus from Winnipeg to Fort Frances to visit Grandma and Grandpa Logan, and Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Convention Centre every year.
In the end, it’s memories like these that will allow Wendy to live on in our lives.
A private memorial was held for Wendy in Winnipeg on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, which was attended by her family from near and far.