Wendy and John lived in the Wadena area all their married lives. Their son and his family live in Eden Prairie where he teaches fifth grade and is head cross-country coach and assistant track and field coach. Their daughter works as a nurse anesthetist at the Buffalo Hospital and her family lives in St. Cloud.
Music and children are two of Wendy’s passions. She started accompanying children’s Sunday school and choirs in early junior high school at Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley, and later at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena.
I love watching the children learning new songs and being excited about music! I also loved leading worship in two different settings where I involved kids, Jay Beech’s “One Body Alive” and Marty Haugen’s “Holden Service.”
Wendy served on the Music and Worship Committee at Immanuel for many years, and is trained as a Stephen Minister.
I found this ministry to be a very vital aspect in the life of the church in reaching out and supporting its members.
When Wendy and John moved to Buffalo last May to be closer to their grown children and grandchildren, they decided that Zion would be a good fit for them.
John and I visited Zion several times and were always greeted and warmly welcomed every time we worshiped.
Before long, Carol Moore called Wendy to see if she would be interested in accompanying the SONshine Choir.
I was thrilled and didn’t hesitate to say yes! Carol Moore does a fantastic job with the children in teaching them about the correct ways of singing, the importance of participating in worship, and making it fun for all to “make a joyful noise to the Lord!”
Wendy also enjoys singing in Zion’s Senior Choir and playing clarinet in the Zion Wind Ensemble. She looks forward to getting more involved at Zion in the future, and might be interested in serving on the Worship and Music Committee.
Music is also central to Wendy’s professional life. She is a former band director and has taught piano lessons since her children were in high school, when she resigned from teaching in school and started a full-time studio. Since moving to Buffalo she has continued the piano studio with new students. Wendy also loves to travel, read, cross-stitch, quilt, and spend warm summer afternoons on their pontoon.