Mrs. Deborah Margaret Wenig, 61

Deborah Margaret Wenig

Born 8/21/1958

Passed 1/2/2020

Born on August 21, 1958 in Catskill, NY, Deborah Margaret Wenig – Deb – lived a big life full of love and fun. Deb passed on January 2, 2020 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Deb earned a BA and MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and later put that education to use as a college professor teaching Political Science at several colleges and universities. She married her high school sweetheart Joseph (Joe) Wenig in Middletown, NY on June 8th, 1980 and they had two children David Wenig (’83) and Jessica Mumau (’86).

Deb was an avid traveler and coined her own catchphrase “you won’t know unless you go,” which helped guide her adventurous spirit. Deb traveled the world spanning several continents. Her favorite places to visit were Martha’s Vineyard, Walt Disney World, Australia and Japan. She lived in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Tokyo, and Georgia.

Another of Deb’s passions was her community involvement and service. She dedicated much of her attention to the various causes she felt strongly about including the League of Women Voters, ShineON! Kids, and others. She was very proud of her time on the Board of Governors of the Tokyo American Club as they opened and operated a new world-class facility. 

One of Deb’s greatest skills may also be her most enduring legacy. Deb loved to make others happy and to see them smile. When Deb spoke with someone, they couldn’t help but feel a real connection and her caring spirit. She made every room she entered brighter and she always made that effort. Over the years, Deb made so many friends that she kept for a lifetime.

Deb loved her family dearly. She is survived by her husband Joe and their children David (Emily) and Jessica (Robert) and their families including her six grandchildren David, Emmett, Lia, Logan, Phillip and Robert who meant everything to her. To Deb's grandchildren, she was known as “Bamma.” Deb was the best Bamma in the world. Deb is also survived by her mother, siblings, and all of her nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to one of the two causes she cared about. Either JDRF in honor of her grandson, David Wenig, or to the American Cancer Society.

A memorial service will be held on January 10 beginning at 12:00PM at Tobias Funeral Home on Far Hills in Dayton, Ohio with a visitation period beginning at 11:00AM.

Memorial Park Funeral Home Braselton Chapel, 5257 Green Street Hwy 53, Braselton, Georgia 30517 is in charge of local arrangements.

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Theresa Anderson 2020-01-06 15:48:18
A shining light has left us. It was an honour to have known Deb a delightful lady. Our deepest sympathy to Joe and their beautiful family. You are all in our thoughts at this difficult time.❤️
Linda O'Donnell 2020-01-06 15:56:56
My heartfelt condolances to all of Debbies family. Reading her obituary the first thing that comes to mind that she lived life to the fullest. We can all use her as an example. Something in which strive. RIP Debbie.
Susan Bagwell 2020-01-06 16:03:00
Dear Joe and your sweet family I will miss her so much. Loved her laugh and her hugs. Wish we lived close so we could help in some way. Bless you all. Susan and Blanton
Margaret Schoonmaker 2020-01-06 16:33:38
Sincere sorrow for your loss. My family's prayers for your family.
Greg and Janice Sannik 2020-01-06 16:59:00
So sorry for your loss.
Tim Judge 2020-01-06 17:19:00
Deb was a beacon of positivity and warmth! She will be missed. Much love to Joe, Dave, Jessica and the rest of her family!
Ron Irwin 2020-01-06 18:27:18
With deepest sympathy and love to the family.
Tom & Gail Dibble 2020-01-06 19:01:01
It was an honor to have known Deb. She fought a hard battle and will be greatly missed and always remembered. May she Rest In Peace.
Peter and Sylvia Collette 2020-01-06 19:23:36
Please accept our sincere condolences on Deb’s untimely passing. She will be missed by all who knew her. We had brief encounters with her at family gatherings and will treasure those precious moments.
Susan Griffen 2020-01-06 21:07:44
Deb was surely one of the MOST-loved expats in the Tokyo community. As my husband and I have navigated our own path through the Hell which is cancer, Deb was an empathetic understanding friend that always made us remember to smile even when the going gets tough. Be at peace Deb. You'll be remembered as a light, always. I will be a charity runner at the London Marathon in April, raising money for the American Cancer Society, providing hope for all the cancer warriors. I am dedicating Mile 1 to Deb, knowing she'll smile me through the rest of the way. Be strong Wenig family, and be proud. Deb was one in a million.
Lynn Dresher 2020-01-07 07:29:38
Deb blessed so many people with her warm smile, kindness, and friendship. Praying that you'll find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers The Dreshers Dick, Lynn, Michelle, Bill, & Dan
Heather Hall 2020-01-07 08:16:54
I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
Carole Judge 2020-01-08 16:29:27
Met Deb days after she and Joe moved to the corner of Spirea and Shafor. Loved her ever since. She's someone who truly made a difference!
Jordan Brandenburg 2020-01-08 18:34:20
I was Deb’s hairstylist and it was always a pleasure being in her company. We had great conversations about her life and family. She was such a wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face. In the last few years of her toughest journey, she still came in with that same bright smile and that always amazed me. She was a strong, beautiful lady. I am so sorry for such a great loss! I am continuing to pray for comfort and peace for all of you during this difficult time.
Peter & Fran Thull 2020-01-26 07:59:41
May her memory be for a blessing.
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