Wendy (Young, Wegner) Storandt ’76
Longtime Faculty Member, Associate Professor, Nursing
March 5, 1954–Nov. 2, 2014
This site is dedicated to remembering Wendy Storandt.
Obituary listed below
March 5, 1954–Nov. 2, 2014
Wendy Marie (Wegner) Storandt, 60, of Mindoro, formerly of Holmen, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at her home.
She was born March 5, 1954, in La Crosse, to Leon P. and Iris D. (Spors) Young and was raised in Melrose. Wendy was a 1972 graduate of Melrose-Mindoro High School. She attended Viterbo College in La Crosse, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1976. Wendy worked as a registered nurse at St. Francis Hospital in La Crosse. On Oct. 23, 1976, she married Rickey A. Wegner at the Melrose United Methodist Church. Together they had a daughter, Jordan Marie. They shared 16 years of marriage; although they later divorced, they remained very close friends.
In 1983, Wendy was one of the first three nurses to obtain her master’s degree in nursing science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She worked as a nursing professor at Viterbo College (now, Viterbo University) in La Crosse. She had a deep concern for the students’ progress and was very supportive and encouraging in her manner while at the same time she was very rigorous, recognizing that it was essential that the graduates become competent professionals. Wendy’s students spoke highly of her knowledge of the field, her fairness in evaluating their progress, her concern for high standards, and her genuine interest in their development as nurses and human beings. Wendy thought it was very important to remember what it was like to be a student and with that, somehow be strict and maintain high standards and professionalism. She always followed the motto of Sister Grace Clare Beznouz, FSPA, the founder of Viterbo’s Nursing Program, “Every client deserves a professional nurse.” While she enjoyed classroom teaching, she felt happiest and most fulfilled teaching students in the hospital at the bedside. Wendy always wanted her students to feel as she did in that nursing was not a job, but a way of life that permeates their being. In 1998, Wendy was surprised, thrilled, and honored to be chosen as Teacher of the Year, one of the highest achievements a professor can be awarded. She truly treasured her years at Viterbo.
On Aug. 14, 2005, Wendy married Ronnie A. Storandt at Lewis Valley Lutheran Church in Stevenstown, rural Holmen. Together they built a beautiful home for their new family on the hillside in the woods on Ronnie’s land in Mindoro. She treasured the time they spent making this house a home; planting flowers and trees all along the hillside, helping Ronnie build the decks, ponds, benches and out-buildings. They truly enjoyed their time spent living in their perfect country home.
After 30 years as a nurse educator, Wendy decided she needed a change. It was then she became employed by Logistics Health Inc., in La Crosse. Wendy was a nurse research analyst in the World Trade Center National Responder Health Program. She welcomed this new world of nursing. She felt the practice of nursing at LHI was ‘intensive care’ in the form of critical thinking, problem solving and decision making; requiring accountability, assertiveness, advocacy, autonomy and caring. The evolving role of the LHI Nurse was full of promise and depicted a positive image of nursing in the complex health care system.
In her spare time, Wendy enjoyed spending time with her evolving and ever changing, entire family. She most especially enjoyed the summer days spent at Hatfield, where never a sunset was missed. It was in a sunset Wendy always found purpose, peace and harmony; perhaps, it was in the diamonds glistening on the water.
Survivors include her husband, Ronnie; her daughter, Jordan; her mother, Iris Young; three stepchildren, Jesse (Sara) Storandt and their children, Molly, Jackson, and Bennett, Anna (Justin) Blaken and their children, Alexa and Leah, and Isaac Storandt; two brothers, Russell “Russ” (Margaret) Young and Thomas “Tom” (Debbie) Young; one niece, Becky (Barry) Peterson; three nephews, Max (Autumn) Young and Nicholas and Michael Young; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kelsey, Jacob, Kyle and Julia Peterson and Cole, Brecken and Axel Young; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carol and Reuben Storandt and their families; the Conger family; the Wortman family; her treasured students; her esteemed colleagues from Viterbo University (past and present); her employers, co-workers, and friends at LHI; her daughter, Jordan’s close friends, to whom she was often a second mom and mentor; her many, many, many, dear friends, too many to name, but still so very special; and her faithful companion, her dog, Mike.
Wendy was preceded in death by her father, Leon; her friend and partner, Myron Conger; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and cherished friends.
An open casket visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Holmen Lutheran Church, 228 Morris St. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will occur following the visitation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Holmen Lutheran Church. The Rev. Dr. William J. Reese and the Rev. Daniel L. Henderson will officiate. A visitation will be held from noon until the time of service Friday at the church. Private burial will be held in the Melrose Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be used to establish a memorial scholarship at Viterbo for nursing students. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.
The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Mayo Clinic Health System Oncology and Radiology Departments for their fighting, pro-active and compassionate care; the 7th floor nurses (our angels), Dr. Zane Forbes and Deb Fahye, APNP at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse; and the staff and Wendy’s extraordinary nurses from the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Program for the unending love, support and professional care. A most special mention must be given to Bonnie Nesbitt and the wonderful women she organized to care for Wendy during her final months, weeks and days. To you all, we will be eternally grateful.
The family would also like to thank the entire staff of Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory for all of your understanding and care during this difficult time; you truly have gone the extra mile.