Wendy J. Fischbach, 60, of Warner, SD, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021, at her home.
Funeral services are 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 26, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Aberdeen.
Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, rural Stratford, SD.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and also view the service at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, at the mortuary with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues one hour before the service at the church.
Wendy was an amazing woman that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. “Nana”, as she was called by her grandchildren, children, and even her husband was a devoted wife, mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Wendy’s journey began on October 7, 1960, the oldest daughter of Kenneth and Ann (Ellis) Medenwald, born in Breckenridge, MN. At the age of nine, her family moved to Aberdeen, SD where she attended school, graduating from Aberdeen Central High School in 1979. Wendy was married and had three children: Sara Siefken, Lona (Erik) Simon, and Brian (Roxy) Cotten.
She graduated Summa cum laude from Northern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She was the K-6 Special Education Resource Room Teacher from 1991-1997 in Ipswich, SD and K-12 Special Education Resource Room Teacher from 1997-2000 in Warner, SD. She earned a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning specializing in Special Education and Language and Literacy from Northern State University in 2001. She attended the University of Grand Forks for her Doctor of Philosophy.
Wendy and Fredric Fischbach celebrated 30 years of marriage on November 9th. They made their home east of Warner. She enjoyed caring for her pets and outdoor animals, gardening, genealogy, research, and crafting. She also liked to go “junking” and collecting antiques. She was an artist who created beautiful pieces by repurposing what she collected.
Wendy had a deep love for the Lord and shared the importance of serving Him to her family. Her grandchildren were her heart and joy. Time spent at Nana’s house was very special.
Loved ones that will miss Wendy until they meet again are her husband, Fredric Fischbach; her daughters, Sara Siefken and Lona (Erik) Simon; son, Brian (Roxy) Cotten; her mother, Ann Medenwald; her sister, Darci (Todd) Cunningham; her grandchildren: Brianna Siefken, Abbie Siefken, Sophie Siefken, Kenleigh Simon, Noah Siefken, Chapel Simon, Declan Simon, Brynn Cotten, Ledger Simon, Braylee Cotten; her great-granddaughter Paisley Meierhofer; and special cousins and friends.
Loved ones that met her in heaven are her father, Kenneth Medenwald and niece, Kayla Cunningham.
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