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WHITE CREEK, N.Y. -- Wendy Darlene Jonker, 42, of White Creek, passed away peacefully and content in the knowledge that she had attained all her dreams, at her home on Sept. 20, 2007. She was born on June 23, 1965, in New Haven, Conn., the daughter of Louis and Carol (Wood) Paul. She married Brian Jonker on Sept. 10, 1994, at the Park-McCullough House in North Bennington.

Wendy spent her childhood in Connecticut where she developed her passion for animals. An active 4-H member, she raised prize winning poultry with her grandfather and became an adept horse rider at a young age. After graduating from North Bradford High School, Wendy completed an associate’s degree at Middlesex College.

As a young adult, she moved to White Creek to be closer to her family. There she developed her fondness of Jersey dairy cows. Wendy exhibited her cattle at county fairs and regional livestock expositions gaining many championships with her prized animals.

Wendy graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. She was a dairy farmer and owned and operated her own dairy farm near Syracuse with her husband Brian. She worked for the past four years as an advocate for children with Adoption/Attachment issues.

Whether hiking along the coast of Maine or canoeing and kayaking in the Adirondack Mountains, Wendy always enjoyed the outdoors. She displayed her artistic talents using nature’s bounty as a canvas. While she lived in many places, Wendy most enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the cozy home nestled in the mountains near White Creek that she shared with her family.

She is survived by her husband Brian of White Creek; a son, Iuli Jonker of Hoosick Falls; a daughter Mariana Jonker of Albany; her parents Louis and Carol Paul of White Creek; two brothers, Louis Paul III of Cambridge, and Leroy Paul of Glens Falls; and a sister, Mary Ann Faile of Massachusetts. She was predeceased by a sister, Becky Paul.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 1, 2007, at 2:30 p.m., at the Coila Church in Cambridge. Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street in Bennington has been entrusted with Wendy’s arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, 2007
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