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Wendy Storandt Tributes

 

Wendy and Jordy made my childhood the best days of my life. Love you always,

Katrina
Friend of the family


Wendy was a fantastic instructor. I always felt as though I was her only student when I walked into her office. By the time I was a senior I felt she respected me already as a colleague more than a student. She was a gentle individual with a kindred spirit. She believed in all of us and was always proud. I remember many times coming back to campus to visit and she beamed with pride every time she saw an alumni or current student. Going back to campus and knowing she is not there will leave something missing from the experience. Hopefully she and her family knows what a difference she made in this world and how many patients she positively impacted through mentoring so many nursing students in such a positive and caring way.

Brian Murley
Former student


Wendy was nurturing to us, as students. She, and her warm, bright smile made us feel comfortable. We were blessed to have her as our instructor. She has touched many lives in positive ways.

Lesley (Welsch) Just '82
Former student


I have so many fond memories of Wendy during my time at Viterbo 1990-1994. She made my critical care rotation so much fun that I went on to work in ICU for 10 years, now Acute Care NP. She had wonderful passion and enthusiasm for nursing and she loved to have a good time doing it. I remember back to my last semester at Viterbo, Wendy was admitted to the hospital and had a chest tube. She taught us all about chest tubes while she was a patient. She enjoyed being with us students and we loved being with her. I had enjoyed our lunches together and after school events. She will be missed by so many. My mom, Mary Abraham, Spors relative from Holmen sends her love and prayers to the family. May her Memory Be Eternal. 

Lexie Abraham
Former student


The shock of the notification hit me hard. Wendy was by far one of the best professors. I enjoyed her humor and wit so much. She made everyone feel special. Just reading the tributes and memories had me crying but also smiling as I remember highlights from clinicals and classes with Wendy. My Sincere condolences to her family and extended family. 

Dawn Hrdlicka '88
Former student


Wendy was such a personable professor, that's what I loved about her. I never felt the hierarchy, she was invested in you as a person which helped mold you into a better nurse. She knew how to have fun and laugh. I was a student of hers when she experienced Myron's death......watching her grieve and work through that loss and come back with the same life and laughter. Wendy seemed to live life to the fullest and she was a great support and model to me through an incredibly difficult time. Wendy was a highlight of my nursing education at Viterbo. What an incredible loss for so many. I think her spirit lives on in the many nurses and patients she taught and cared for. 

Sarah Smith
Former student


Wendy lived in Marian Hall as a student when I lived there as a moderator. I remember her for her wonderful laugh and great energy. Later when she joined the nursing faculty, I knew she would bring that same energy, her warm smile and a caring heart to many students and patients. And she did! My prayers and sympathy go out to Jordan and her family. 

Sr. Helen Elsbernd
FSPA
Colleague


Wendy was an incredibly gifted nurse and educator and friend. Even as a seasoned nurse, she shared with her students about the grief-work that she needed to do one day after an especially heart-wrenching process that we'd all been a part of at clinicals. This was a great example to all of us that nurses not only treat the whole person, but that we each are a whole person. She hammered into us the importance of patients having a voice/the ability to call for help, as much as a patent airway (Call light, call light, call light!). Jordan, she felt obviously blessed to be your mom - may you be blessed as you remember that. To all of her loved ones, may you be comforted by Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." I'm thanking God for Wendy's life, and remembering you with love and prayers, at this time.

After leaving the visitation last evening, I realized that I made a mistake when introducing myself. I said, "I was a student of Wendy's.." It occurred to me as I got in my car, that I AM a student of Wendy's. I am still learning from her, even though her life on Earth is finished. What a privilege to BE a student of Wendy (Wegner) Storandt. I am sorry that I am unable to attend the memorial service today. My heart is with you all, with love and prayers.

Nancyanne (Ziegeweid) Winey
Former student


Wendy was my teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. Words can’t describe her – she was beautiful inside and out! She was so very supportive and a real cheerleader for me, when I began my career here at Viterbo. But what I’ll remember most is that Wendy was REAL. She was full of life – it was in her eyes and smile. She is and will always be the nurse who greatly impacted my career. You will be missed, dear Wendy. And, I can only imagine the wonderful stories that you are having with Earl and Fr. Tom right now:) I wish Jordy, Ronnie, and Wendy’s entire family peace during this difficult time. 

Jennifer Hedrick-Erickson
Former student
Colleague
Friend of the family


My memories of Wendy date back to 1988-1992. Wendy was by far one of the best instructors we had! She was kind, patient, & such a valuable resource for all of us! She always had a smile on her face & had an infectious laugh that calmed our nerves! She was a top notch nurse, that was very evident to me. I hope & pray she was given the best care when she needed it, because that is what she taught us!! May you rest in peace sweet Wendy, free of all pain & suffering! I give my support to her family & friends in this very difficult time of loss. I know she will be missed.

Dawn (Holdt) Kiffmeyer
Former student


I am Wendy's 3rd cousin and had met her as a child. It was awesome that we were together at Viterbo as nursing students. Wendy was one of the very best people I have ever met. She really had it all...charm/smarts/humor and the kindness in her went so deep. Thanks Wendy for being a support to me when my father died years ago. You were loved by many!

Julie Young-Garayt
Former student
Friend of the family


Wendy was my instructor at Viterbo before I graduated in 1987. She was youthful, professional and made her students feel elevated, smart, and accomplished. So sad she's gone and I'm sure there are 30 years of people like me with the same sentiments. God Bless her lovely soul.

Allyson (Danielson) Sapp
Former student


I met Wendy the second day I arrived at Viterbo my freshman year 1972. She and her roommate lived next door to me. Wendy became a wonderful friend to me during our college years. There are fond memories of weekend trips home to Melrose and once even to the family cabin. There are also fond memories and great stories derived from experiences we shared at RA (resident assistant) camps. After college Wendy continued to welcome me into her life and for many summers we shared a weekend together. I am incredibly grateful that she embraced me as her friend!

Mary Ann Simons Vea '76
Colleague


Wendy, you had enough spirit and vitality for two lifetimes. It's hard to believe you're gone. We miss you.

Bob Richgels
Colleague


I have so many fond memories of Wendy. She was one of my favorite people during my nursing education at Viterbo. I looked up to her with such fondness and admiration. She was truly an amazing person and I will miss her. With love to her family, 

Teresa Freiberg Conroy
Former student


Wendy was very supportive of me during my program enrollment. As a returning adult it was sometimes difficult to make the adjustment of returning to school. Wendy always told me how "cool" it was that I had made the decision to return for my BSN. I appreciated her attention and support and learned a lot from her about nursing, advocacy, and collaboration. 

Katie Garrity
Former student


Wendy helped me discover what nursing is truly about. It's not just a profession in which we work or title we obtain. It's a lifelong commitment to inspire others of how one nurse can make a difference. Making a difference has a ripple effect and Wendy positively affected how I mentor those who are new to our profession. We as nurses need to be available, willing, and prepared to assist the future of our developing nurses...thanks Wendy for believing in me. Wendy invited our senior class to her house where we went horseback riding, played bocheball, shared memories of the 4 years of nursing school, and became a closer family in the conclusion of our Viterbo career. She valued us individually and as nurses. Wendy will truly be remembered forever as a legacy to nursing excellence, dedicated to her profession, and personal cheerleader for new nurses looking for an uplifting role model. Thanks for always having a smile and bringing your own originality to the nursing profession. brand of nursing to aspiring nurses everywhere...originality

Abbie (Guillien) Fordahl '06
Former student


Wendy was an awesome lady and wonderful instructor. She made me smile and laugh when I needed it. She really seemed to love her job and us. She was one of those professors who really GOT ME THROUGH school. She will be missed, but we know she is an angel looking down on us. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May they indulge in their memories of her. 

Holly (Stoflet) Pretzman
Former student


To me Wendy was a very pretty lady who seemed to have known me my whole life from the first day we met. She seemed to have interest in the well being of everyone. I have no doubt Wendy earned her way through life, and to a place of her dreams. 

John Huber
Colleague


Wendy was a kind and bubbly person. I never personally had her as a teacher but she took time to get to know me in the halls of the nursing building. Prayers and good vibes are being sent to her family. 

Linden Belingloph
Former student


Wendy was an incredible nursing instructor. When I was a student she was still working on her Master's Degree, I was so inspired that someday I would do the same. Thank you Wendy for your inspiration; you were an awesome instructor who provided encouragement to move beyond.

Diana Broniec
Former student


True and friendly smile. A caring professional ready to share and learn. A kind and supportive hand in difficult times. A beautiful human being that is now another angel looking over us. Rest in peace, my prayers with her family.

Monica Rosales '85
Former student


I remember Wendy being one of my favorite teachers. She was kind and challenging at the same time. My condolences. 

Mandy (Olsen) Charpentier '96
Former student


I am so sad to hear about Wendy's passing. I knew her as Wendy Wegner, and she was one of my favorite nursing instructor's at Viterbo. She was so jovial, loving and just full of life! She was a wonderful person, and will be deeply missed. May God give her family strength through this difficult time, and may He give them peace in the way that only He can do. My deepest condolences!! 

Ama Awuah-Asamoah '03
Former student


Deeply saddened to realize that someone who was such an inspiration and role model for me and many other nursing students is gone. Rest in peace dear Wendy! Your legacy will live on in all of the nurses you have mentored!

Suzanne (Miller) Voros
Former student


Wendy was an excellent teacher. I had her for many of my nursing courses and she was my clinical instructor for my senior leadership rotation. I just remember feeling well prepared and confident with her as an instructor. I remember her smile and always enjoying being around her. I don't think I realized how young she was when I had her 1980-1984. No wonder she could relate so well to us, she was one of us and she inspired us to be a leader like she was. She cared about her students a lot and she inspired us to be great nurses. My sincere condolences go out to her family. 

Mary Crownhart Uhlarik '84
Former student


Wendy and I were nursing students together at Viterbo all 4 years, and I laughed when I read the comment that she called someone the new Sr. Ann Pollpeter! I am SHOCKED and saddened to hear of Wendy's death. We reconnected a few years ago via email to catch up on each other's lives. Not too long after we graduated, she also happened to be on the unit at St. Francis where my grandfather was dying and she made sure that the particular nurses I requested took care of my grandfather. I didn't know that we shared the exact same birthdate. We should have been both celebrating at Rex's Ye Olde Style Inn (circa 1972-1976). My sympathy to her family, students, and colleagues.

Anne (Dyer) Sullivan
Colleague


Wendy was my RA and roommate back in the day, how lucky I was. We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we can find ia an honest friend. Through life's journey I am so grateful we met. Godspeed!

Janet Chellevold-Davidson
Former student


Wendy was an inspiration of professionalism as a role model instructor at Viterbo. She was supportive, understanding and compassionate. My sympathy to her personal family and to her colleagues at Viterbo.

Rosanne (Kouba) Smith
Former student


I was just reliving my favorite Wendy moments and thinking of her in the last couple days.She was an inspiration to me as a person, a woman and a nurse. So sad for your loss and all of us who she touched.She will be missed very much. 

Amy (Apfelbeck) Nielsen '89
Former student


I am saddened to learn of Wendy's passing. Nursing and nursing education has lost a passionate advocate. My condolences to Wendy's family.

Frances Schultz '84
Former student


I am shocked by this news. I send my most sincere sympathy to the Viterbo community and to Wendy's family. Wendy was always one of my favorite teachers. You could tell how much she loved nursing....and teaching. She was an inspiration. 

Shawn Gibbons
Former student


I am so sad to hear of Wendy's passing. She was one of my nursing instructors from 2003-2006, and always brought such joy to the classroom. Learning was always fun with her. My condolences go out to all of Wendy's family and friends. Prayers for peace and comfort during this time. 

Heidi (Konichek) Peterson
Former student


Wendy was an amazing teacher. I really enjoyed her smile and positive attitude. Wendy had a way of making you feel good about yourself and helping you see your inner strengths. 

Todd Pedretti '87
Former student


I remember Wendy for her wonderful personality. Her legacy will live on having dedicated her career to teaching excellence! Wendy's family will be in my prayers to help them through their loss. Most sincerely, Suzanne

Suzanne Horkan
Former student


Wendy was the epitome of a student advocate...which extended into the beginning years of my own professional nursing career. In my heart, she will forever be remembered as a caring professional with a passion for making nursing real, rewarding and enjoyable. Godspeed, my friend.

Melanie Johnson
Former student


I am deeply saddened by the news on the passing of Wendy. She was my advisor during my years at Viterbo. She was a phenomenal mentor and instructor. She helped me become the nurse I am today. She believed in me, offered words of encouragement and support, and always was available to listen. She was a women with such compassion and love for what she did. She will be missed by so many. May God bless her family during this time. 

Mary Kohout
Former student


I am so saddened by Wendy's passing, and the terrible disease she had to endure these past few years. I knew Wendy, not as a professor, but as a friend of the family and "employer." Babysitting for her and getting to know her amazing daughter, Jordan, is a memory I will always cherish. I remember Wendy as a strong, assertive, beautiful woman. We've lost a good one. 

Karin Maresh
Friend of the family


We have lost a great member of the Viterbo family. For many of us Wendy embodied the true essence of the Viterbo and Franciscan spirit. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as a teacher, colleague, and friend.

Dean Yohnk
Colleague


I am a former student and employee of Viterbo. Wendy was one of those people that just made you feel good about yourself. Her laughter was contagious. She will be missed. 

Amy Matson
Former student


My love and sympathy to Jordan and Wendy's family. She will always be remembered for her dedication to Nursing and her ability to make others happy. Her many stories brought tears to my eyes and pride to my heart. Wendy loved Viterbo and we love her. May she enjoy her new life with all her friends. Sister Rochelle Potaracke 

Sr. Rochelle Potaracke
FSPA
Colleague


I was a former student of Wendy's back in 1978-1982. She was one of our skills intructors. I remember she always had a smile and was so genuine. She made learning fun and put us at ease as we were learning new skills. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful intructor and person. My sympathies to her family and friends. 

Brenda Nash Reisdorph
Former student


Hard to put into words what I am feeling with the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends. So many good memories come to mind, from when we first met when I was a freshman and she was a sophomore on Marian Hall 4th North (I thought she was so cool!), to working with her to raise funds for the very successful Sister Grace Clare Beznouz Nursing Scholarship (that's when I learned how passionate and persuasive she could be!), to the many alumni events (Chicago theatre, Milwaukee cruise, Minneapolis social, Homecoming, etc.). She really did enjoy these, because she was so committed to Viterbo...and she seemed to know almost everyone! I will miss our weekly lunches, her eloquent letters and speeches, her integrity, her care and compassion, our laughs and tears, her smile. She will be missed!

Sally Emerson
Colleague


Wendy always showed everyone how to be wonderful nurse. She has had a tremendous impact on Viterbo's nursing students, and I'm grateful that I had the honor of being one. We were from the same small town so it was nice to feel welcome at Borrego. She always had such spirit and passion with her career, and I am thankful that she was able to touch my life and instill those values in me. Even better, I lived on the same dorm floor as her daughter during our freshman year. Such a great family and many laughs. She will truly be missed

Megan (Neubauer) Lesky
Former student


Wendy was a wonderful teacher.

Lynda Privet
Former student


Wendy was a bright and gracious colleague, always thoughtful and kind. She enjoyed great respect from the faculty and students on campus. I will always remember her smile.

Bro. George Klawitter, CSC
Colleague


"Be who you are and be that perfectly well." St. Francis Desales Wendy gives true meaning to this inspiring quote. Real. Full of Life and Love. Compassionate. Caring. Dedicated to her profession, family, friends and students. Master Teacher. Fun loving and Joy filled. Passionate. Unique. Unforgettable. I have had the Gift of working with and knowing Wendy as Colleague and Friend for 36 years. In tribute, may we remember, "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." E.E. Cummings Thank You, Wendy.

Lesley Stugelmayer
Colleague
Friend of the family


I am deeply saddened by this news. Wendy was such a wonderful teacher and mentor. I was a non-traditional student whom graduated in 2003, who had two children at home, a job, and I commutted 1 1/4 hours one way each day. So needless to say it was extremely hard for me to be a full-time nursing student as well. Wendy was always there for me whether I needed help with a project or just life. She is the reason I became interested in and eventually became a critical care nurse. She was not just any teacher, she always had time and kind words for everyone. I even remember standing next to her holding her hand during a moment of silence on the viterbo courtyard a day or so after 9/11. We shared tears that day! Her presence will definately be missed!!

Tracy Moe
Former student


Wendy was a very special person to many. I worked with her at church and she sat with my kids at the hospital when the Drs. shocked my heart. She was taken a class thru I.C.U. and saw me so she sent the class back to school and stayed with my kids until she knew I was awake and talking. Wendy will be remembered by many for all the good things she did.

Delores J. Wang
Friend of the family


Wendy was always the person I went to when I was having a hard time with school. She would always listen to my problems and then tell me that it could always be worse, which was exactly what I needed to hear. She was a friend to everyone, staff and students alike. She always had a smile on her face and hug for everyone. I will truly miss her as will many others.

Katy Tyler
Former student


Wendy was a beloved nursing instructor to me & so many others during her tenure at Viterbo. I also had the pleasure of having her clinical students on my unit and was always impressed with her willingness to answer call lights & assist the rest of the staff with patient care activities...it didn't matter - patients always came first and she was always so compassionate with each one of them. She was the real deal, someone we all aspired to be like. My sympathy to Jordy (she was so proud of you!), Ron and all of her family.

Kay Zibrowski
Former student


Wendy was a cheerful, wonderful, inspiring instructor at Viterbo. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

Cary Johnson
Former student


Wendy - you were such a JOY to have had in my life - I am grateful for the opportunity to have known you. As I remember you throughout the years you will always bring a smile to my face.....you are now a guardian angel....rest in peace.

Chris Sanger
Colleague


Wendy and I were colleagues and friends for many good years. So many laughs and yes some tears as "life" happened. She was an inspiration to all the students she worked with, especially as they were preparing to graduate and begin their careers as RNs. She was invited to give the graduates final "Pinning" ceremony comments more times than I can remember - an outward sign of their respect and tribute to her. She was such a role model of excellence, yet was so human, always with that smile and gleam in her eye. She left a legacy in the hundreds of students who have followed her footsteps in their careers and in their daily lives. She will be missed deeply as a friend. 

Bonnie Nesbitt
Colleague


The first memory I have of Wendy was an eloquent welcome back to school speech she gave for Viterbo employees at Lake Neshonoc many years ago. I didn't really know her at the time because I had not worked at Viterbo very long, but I was captivated by her words and her passion for Viterbo. As my athletes struggled to stay in nursing and play basketball, Wendy took it upon herself to "find a way" for athletes to succeed in nursing and in their sport. She became the advisor for my nursing majors because I knew she would help them through the tough times when it seemed impossible to do both, especially the junior year. As Wendy and I worked together to help these athletes fulfill their dream of becoming a nurse and playing four years of basketball, we became good friends. Wendy cared and Wendy was real. There was nothing phony about this woman. She was someone who truly listened and she was present. She could be hilariously funny and on the edge. Her good friends will know what I mean. When we played golf I could not take any shot seriously which is not normally my demeanor. That's the effect she had on people. She eased the burden in any situation and gave the best of herself. In these last months, she showed grace and appreciation for life. It was hard for her to accept someone caring for her needs because she was always the one caring for others. Wendy will be greatly missed by so many. I will always cherish her friendship. My prayers are with Ronnie, Jordy and all of Wendy's loving family and friends.

Bobbi Vandenberg
Colleague
Friend of the family


This lovely lady will be greatly missed by her family, friends and students at Viterbo University. I was fortunate to have had Wendy as a professor and enjoyed spending time with her during and after class. She put her heart and love into everything thing she did. She loved and lived with all of her heart each and every day. Her and that infectious smile will be missed. RIP Wendy

Kristal Timm
Former student
Friend of the family


I always appreciated Wendy's sunny attitude when she came into the School of Nursing office. She was such a fashionista, I loved talking about fashion with her. Nothing but good memories. She was such a sweet person. 

Bobbi Hundt
Colleague


I had the honor of serving with Wendy on Faculty Assembly for quite a few years. She was a real dedicated leader of the faculty as well as someone with a wonderful sense of humor. She was most adept at making everyone feel welcome. From my first days on campus until she left Viterbo, I always enjoyed our times working together. I will always cherish those days.

Jan Janiszewski
Colleague


Wendy was an inspirational person. Without her guidance and support I wouldn't be where I am today. There isn't a time where I do not reflect on conversations I had with her in her office or how much she believed in me to become a nurse. I hope that I portray that same passion and support to those I encounter daily. I will never forget Wendy and will always be thankful of the time I shared with her at Viterbo. My thoughts and prayers are with her family in their time of reflection and healing. God bless

Lacy
Former Student


The sun has set...there will be no more pain. She will live in our hearts forever at the end of every day. Ron, Jordy, and Family. 

Family of Wendy M. (Wegner) Storandt


I remember how I met Wendy -- she called me the new Sr. Ann Pollpeter. I did not really know what that meant, but she explained that she wanted to meet me because I was the new A&P teacher. From that day forward we formed a long lasting collaboration and I looked to her as a mentor, and a friend. We shared a lot of laughs, a little mischief (maybe more than a little), a faculty development trip to Buffalo NY (If I remember it might have been her first trip on an airplane) and many other fun times. She was always proud of her daughter Jordan, her family and the nurses she helped train. Thank you Wendy for sharing a little bit or your world with me Rest in peace.

Kim Fredricks
Colleague


Wendy's bubbly personality always brought a smile to my face. She was quick-witted and had a great sense of humor. I also appreciate that Wendy was never afraid to tell you exactly what she thought without sugar coating it. That was always so refreshing. She was a pillar of consistency at Viterbo and will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace, Wendy!

Barry Fried
Colleague


Down to earth, sweet, plain talking Wendy welcomed me to Viterbo 15 years ago, when I had been out of the workforce for many years. When I told her not to tell the students, she replied, "Oh! they already know and they like you anyway." She was a coach and a cheerleader for me and many others. It is no wonder that Sr. Grace Clare loved her so; Wendy was a terrific nurse , a fabulous woman, and a consummate colleague. We will never be the same.

Jane Steingraeber
Colleague


Wendy and I met when she agreed to be my teaching mentor during my final semester of grad school. She provided me with the opportunity to teach senior nursing students during their final course before graduation. I will never forget when I walked into the classroom for the first time. I saw Wendy and low and behold we both had the same dress on. Haha.. she joked and it turned out to be a great ice breaker.I will never forget her patience and great sense of humor. Wendy I will truly miss you. May you rest in peace :) 

Delayne Vogel
Colleague