William R. Wendt


William R. Wendt of South Leland, NC and formerly of Warwick, NY passed away from complications due to Covid on August 29, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wilmington, NC.  He was 88 years old.   

Born September 8, 1932, in Brooklyn, NY the son of the late William R. Wendt Sr. and Mary A. Wendt (nee Monahan).   

For those of us who were blessed to have him in our lives know what an amazing man he truly was. A man who loved life; lighting up the room with his laughter, his amazing smile, his sparkly bright blue eyes and his quick wit. He was always positive no matter the circumstance and cherished his wife every second of everyday. His tremendous love for his wife, children, grandchildren, his many nieces and nephews and his deep continued faith in God was unprecedented. Although he was not ready to leave us, and we are not ready to let him go, we have faith he is with God in eternal peace.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Geraldine A. Wendt (nee Ferrara) at home; his son James W. Wendt and his life partner Susan Barry of Greenwood Lake, NY; daughter Eileen M. Shea and her husband Andrew of Warwick, NY; daughter Lorraine A. McAbee and her husband Bill of Leland, NC; and son Christopher J. Wendt and his wife Kendra of Warwick, NY. Eleven grandchildren Emilee, Abigail, Isabel, Meaghan, Patrick, Christopher, Connor, Kelly, Charlotte, Clair and Aislin.  He is predeceased by his son Jared C. Wendt (2017) his parents and his three sisters Margaret Feil, Ellen McGrath, Bernice Patterson, and brother Robert Wendt.

William served in the Air Force during the Korean War.  He retired in 1985 as a Detective for the Nassau County Police Department and served as trustee of the Nassau County PBA as well as serving as a First Vice President of the Nassau County Detectives Association.  William was currently a parishioner of the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary's in Wilmington, NC and formally attended Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church also in Wilmington, NC.  He was an active member of St. Stephen Church in Warwick for many years and was a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #4952 and was a past Faithful Navigator of the Knights 4th Degree.  Also, an avid golfer he was a member of Magnolia Greens Senior Golf Tour.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at St. Stephen RC Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick followed by interment in Warwick Cemetery.  To view the mass online, use this link:

Wendt, William - Funeral 9/18/2021

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to JDR at 1015 Ashes Drive #101 Wilmington, NC 28405 (910)509-9793 or at

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We are saddened by the loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and beother-in-law. He will be greeted in heaven by his son Jared for eternity. He will be missed by all, but our memory of him will live on. God bless you and keep you in hi hands.
Barbara and Michael Fleming
Dear Geraldine & family Our thoughts & prayers to you all on Bill's passing. Always a gentleman - may he rest in peace. Dianne & Rich Buturla
Dianne Buturla
What a blessing it has been for me and our family to have been a part of this amazing, loving, joyous man’s life. My heart is broken, but looking forward to playing “Pennies” in Heaven with you again my friend !
Lori Fischl
In loving memory of Uncle Bill, I've made a donation to JDRF. Sending all my love.
Jeannine Fleming
In loving memory of Uncle Bill, I've made a donation to JDRF. Sending all my love.
Jeannine Fleming
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