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Wendy Christina Podwalny

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Wendy Christina Podwalny Wendy Christina Podwalny, 51, passed on in Austin, Texas, January 12, 2010. Wendy was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at Stanford University and treated through aggressive radiation in 1981. Since then, Wendy survived spinal meningitis, melanoma cancer, cervical cancer, and two open-heart surgeries. Wendy suffered from chronic conditions, pulmonary fibrosis and congestive heart failure. Wendy was an award-winning artist, founding an art school for children, The Primary Palette, in Corvallis, Oregon when she lived there. Moving to Austin, Texas, in 1995, Wendy turned her attention to writing poetry. She was a published writer and was the Director of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Wendy wrote under the pen name, Christina Sergeyevna and is honored each year as writers are awarded the Christina Sergeyevna award. Wendy was a docent at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden for several years. She was also a member of the Austin Ethical Society. Wendy was noted for her great sense of humor, spirituality, and appreciation of art, which helped her to survive countless severe illnesses. She was also an animal rights devotee and rescued many dogs, cats and other animals. Wendy was born in England but grew up in Beech Grove, Indiana. She is preceded in death by her mother, Cicely Gill Frank and father Roger Frank. She is survived by her husband Sergey Gary Podwalny, and her three children, Misha Sergey Podwalny, Emily Christina Nicole Podwalny, and Alexandra Zamora Podwalny, and her husband's daughters Kimberly and Kristina. She also has two brothers Mark Frank in Indiana and Philip Frank in Spain. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2009 at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home in Austin.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 15, 2010
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