A City Mourns the Loss of a Leader; Joy-Ann Wendler Rest in Peace

South San Francisco, CA   April 25, 2014   

Please join the Wendler family and the community in remembering one of our cites finest leaders as she is laid to rest.


A celebration of Joy-Ann’s  life will be held Thursday, May 1, from 7:00-9:00 PM at Duggan’s Mortuary, 500 Westlake Ave, in Daly City.  Your warm and happy memories and stories are welcomed so please feel free to share them.


A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Robert’s Church, 1380 Crystal Springs Rd, San Bruno, Friday, May 2 at 10:30am, with a burial to follow at Golden Gate National Cemetery. She will be reunited with her husband LtCol Paul Frederick Wendler III USMCR (ret) who preceded her in death on  August 27, 2006.  She is survived by her sons Paul F. Wender IV and Michael Wendler and their families.

A reception will follow (1:30 pm) at Poplar Creek Grill at Coyote Point (1700 Coyote Point Drive), in San Mateo.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: The Jimmy Fund (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 (www.jimmyfund.org), or Pathways Hospice, 585 N Mary Ave, Sunnyvale 94085.


Joy-Ann’s contributions to our city are beyond measure and include co-founding the original Historic Old Town and Renters Association with Ida Pena and the Avalon Park-Brentwood Homeowners Association with *Dorothy and Harry Molumbe.  Joy-Ann was also a founding member of the Cultural Arts Commission.   Wherever there was a need, Joy-Ann was there to fill it, and with a smile.  May she rest in peace.


*correction made on HOA group

*Her accomplishments will be shared in a future writing. At this time we wanted to get notice out of her services allowing more neighbors to be advised of location and date.


1 comment for “A City Mourns the Loss of a Leader; Joy-Ann Wendler Rest in Peace

  1. rich garbarino
    April 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Joy Ann held the position of Vice President of the Avalon Brentwood Homeowners Association since it’s inception back in the late 70’s or early 80’s As a former president of the HOA, I was very fortunate to have Joy Ann as my VP. She and I appeared jointly before the School Board on many occasions to protect the interests of our neighborhood, especially when the then School Board was selling off the Avalon School property. Her hard work and advise to ask the City to purchase what is now known as Avalon Memorial Park was one of her crowning achievements. As a City Councilmember, I often asked Joy Ann for her opinion on pending issues. I always appreciated her input. She was my dear friend, sometime counselor and at times, my harshest critic. At times, we would spend an hour or more on the phone discussing issues, both local and national. I always accepted her comments as constructive and helpful. I will miss her dearly. Elaine and I will keep her and the Wendler family in our prayers.
    Rich Garbarino, Vice Mayor, City of South San Francisco

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