SHAVERTOWN — Wendy Sue Dunbar, 54 , of Shavertown, passed away peacefully at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center surrounded by family on Sunday, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Wendy was a loving, caring and compassionate mother, grandmother, daughter, fiancé, sister and friend. Born April 5, 1964, Wendy was a graduate of Dallas High School, class of 1982. Following high school, Wendy earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at College Misericordia. She was a dedicated teacher for more than 32 years, and most recently taught at Good Shepherd Academy. She will be greatly missed by the numerous faculty, students and their families. Wendy was a member of the former Saint Hedwig's Parish and a current member of Saint Therese's church in Shavertown. She was preceded in death by her infant brother, Paul; maternal grandparents, John Sr. and Lottie Yudiski; paternal grandparents, Peter and Pauline Kerpovich; godfather and uncle, John Yudiski Jr.; and several aunts and uncles. Wendy is survived by her beloved daughters, Kaley Dunbar, of Luzerne, Ashley Dunbar, of Boston; beloved grandson, Maxwell Michael Patrick, of Luzerne; parents, Arthur and Patricia Kerpovich, of Shavertown; sisters, Karen Neare (Anthony), of Tunkhannock, Jaclyn Shemanski (Robert), of Kingston, Kristen Roppelt (Robert), of Shavertown. Wendy leaves behind her beloved fiancé, Ron Orkwis and their three cherished dogs, Rock, Rubee and Rosee; Ron's daughter, Mickey Handley (Mike); and their three children, Samantha, Connor and Isabella, of Dallas. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Wendy's beauty, compassion, and enthusiasm for life was evident in her love for her family. She was a caring daughter to her parents and a loving mother who would do any and everything for her daughters, fiancé and three dogs. The love of her life and fiancé, Ron, shared 10 wonderful years together and endless memories. Wendy especially loved her grandson, Maxwell, who was the light of her life. In her words, "I love my two daughters more then anything, but there is nothing like the love for my grandchild." She especially enjoyed traveling, shopping, exercising and spending time in the sun on the boat with her family and friends. She will also be greatly missed by numerous friends and colleagues. Many hearts will never be the same as Wendy touched each and every person she encountered with her kind and loving soul, endless compassion and love for all. She wishes for others to carry on her positivity and strong charisma. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Therese's church in Shavertown at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2018.