February 26, 1944 — April 1, 2021 Wendy, petite and perennially youthful, was appropriately named for the character in Peter Pan. She was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Dorothy Hagan Mahler. She is loved and will be sadly missed by her brother, Doug Mahler, her sister-in-law, Jeanette, and her niece, Megan Mahler. Wendy enjoyed spending all the traditional holiday celebrations with her family. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario and working for a year at Imperial Oil, she realized that business was not her true calling. As the teacher she became, her ability to connect with young people was clear and she was naturally drawn to the field of Special Education. She taught in several Toronto secondary schools eventually becoming a Special Education consultant. Wendy retired from 33 years in education as the Vice-Principal of North York Collegiate. Wendy was the beloved aunt of Megan Mahler, and she was also the much loved 'Auntie Wendy' to the children of her good friends—Susan and John's daughters, Kendra and Kristin; Lilla and Locksley's daughters, Leah and Alison; and Jeanette and Carl's son, Kai. These children were blessed from birth with Wendy's undying affection and attention. With her friends, Wendy enjoyed Ladies' Christmas every year since 1970. Wendy's participation in ASSET (Association of Secondary Special Education Teachers) developed lasting friendships with colleagues and after retirement they continued to 'do lunch' and travel together. On retirement, Wendy left Toronto and purchased her heritage home in Cobourg. The historical importance of the town and its charming old homes struck a chord. With her enthusiasm and innate ability to create beautiful things, she set about decorating her new home. She also reached out to local organizations and volunteered her skills and time to Victoria Hall, Cobourg and District Historical Society, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. She chaired the Heritage Committee and co-ordinated the Cobourg Garden Tour in aid of Big Sisters. She was honoured for her work with several civic and provincial awards. Through these experiences, she made more close friends—wonderful, warm, talented women who enriched Wendy's life. Wendy was independent, endlessly inquisitive, a knowledge seeker, a defender of the truths that defined her life. She believed dancing should be the only mandatory form of exercise. She loved to debate—the causes she held dear—or whatever issue happened to rise to the surface in her presence. She was relentless in the pursuit of what she valued, and frankly, just enjoyed a good argument. Wendy was thoughtful, generous, loyal, fun-loving, a joy to be with and exuded warmth. She laughed and cried freely. Her talents were numerous. She knitted, taught herself to quilt, sewed, created a garden that was admired by all, and had just begun a course to improve her already considerable skill at drawing. Wendy would wish to thank her family and those who have lent their support and brightened her days during these last challenging months—most particularly Dr. Emma Smith who offered much more than her medical expertise, the staff of Ed's House, who provided such care and comfort and her many friends who visited, called, sent flowers, dropped off meals, decorated her porch, got her groceries, made her masks, drove her to appointments... Wendy was especially grateful to have found a loving home for her two cats with her friend, Judy Skelton. If desired, memorial donations to the Victoria Hall Volunteers or Ed's House in Cobourg would be appreciated. Please leave a message on Wendy's memorial wall through MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg which has been entrusted with arrangements. As Wendy requested, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Wendy will be missed by every one who knew her. Her friend, Susan, called her Queen—an apt name.
Published in Northumberland News on Apr. 7, 2021.