WOODSTOCK - Kathryn Dimick Wendling, 81, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., on Thursday, July 3, 2014.
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She was born in Burlington on Aug. 23, 1932. She was the oldest of six children of Howard & Marion (Dike) Dimick. She grew up in Richmond and graduated from UVM in 1954.
While in college, she came to work at the Woodstock Inn and met her future husband, Chef Richard Wendling. They were married Nov. 5, 1955. They raised their two children in Pomfret and owned and operated the New England Inn in Woodstock for 10 years.
Mrs. Wendling became well known for her wedding cakes, and her Brandy Alexander Pie was acknowledged in The New York Times.
She earned the title of Woodstock Historian through her knowledge of local history, wrote several books on local history, and a weekly column, "Historically Speaking," for the Vermont Standard.
She served on the boards of The Woodstock Historical Society and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
Mrs. Wendling also had a political career, starting first as president of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, then as state president. She served on seven state boards and was a legislative reporter for the Herald of Randolph.
She was honored as Woodstock's Citizen of the Year in 2000.
Mrs. Wendling is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Rice of South Pomfret; her son Robert Wendling of Hartland; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband; her brothers Malcolm, Marshall, and David; and her sisters Nina Dimick and Louise Flower.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 17 at the Universalist Church in Woodstock.
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodstock Historical Society, 26 Elm St., Woodstock, VT 05091 or to Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock, VT 05091.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock.
Cabot Funeral Home - Woodstock
1 Rose Hill Woodstock, VT 05091
Published in Rutland Herald on July 9, 2014