Wendy Wankowski Haas|
Wendy Jean Wankowski Haas died peacefully in the arms of her husband on June 28, 2013. Wendy was born on February 8, 1955 in Fort Lewis, Washington. She spent her childhood in Burien, helping out at her parents' store after school and on weekends. Wendy graduated from Glacier High School in 1973 and attended Central Washington State College, graduating in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.
After college Wendy returned to the Seattle area to manage a Lerner's department store. Wendy had a strong desire to help people and in 1981 joined Boeing where she spent 31 years in the Human Resources and Ethics departments. Wendy believed in giving back to the community and over the years volunteered at Seattle Children's hospital, the Special Olympics, was an assistant Campfire Girl leader, a Cub Scout den leader, and manager of her son's soccer team. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals and would bring in lost dogs until their owners could be found. She loved to cook and recently started gardening to grow her own produce.
Above all else Wendy loved and lived for her family. Her life's focus was participating in her sons' activities, and planning holidays, events and vacations. She enjoyed long driving trips with her family, her favorite destinations being Disneyland, Yellowstone National Park, and the Oregon Coast to hunt for agates.
Wendy was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Jerry Wankowski and her brother Steven. She is survived by her husband Jim, sons Matthew and Michael, and a large extended family.
A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, July 9th at 11:00 am, at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of life in the church hall. An online guest-book can be found at marlattfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kidney Cancer Association.
Wendy left a final message for family and friends: "Love, hope, and give of yourself."
Published in The Seattle Times on July 7, 2013