Lillian Wendt

Lillian M. Wendt

Saturday, January 3rd, 1925 - Monday, March 15th, 2021
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Lillian M. Wendt passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 at The Whitcomb in St. Joseph, MI. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services. Memorials in Lillian’s memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Joseph, Michigan or to Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Lillian M. Wendt was born in St. Joseph on January 3, 1925 to Adam and Emelie (Ruppel) Wendt. She worked at Whirlpool Corporation after graduating from St. Joseph High School, and retired in 1987 after working there for 45 years. Lillian was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Joseph, Michigan. She loved to travel, loved her family and friends.

Lillian is preceded in death by her father and mother, Adam and Emelie (Ruppel) Wendt; her siblings and their spouses, Richard (Elsie) Wendt, Elizabeth (Lawrence) Rill, Arnold (Brenda) Wendt, Arthur (Anita) Wendt; and her nieces and nephews, Mary-Louise (Alan) Cull; Terry Wendt; Joseph Naylor; Susan Wendt-Hildebrandt.

Lillian is survived by her loving nieces and nephews and their spouses: Richard (Jo) Wendt, Judith (Rex) Jeschke, Kathleen Naylor, Robert Wendt, Cheryl (Richard) Dresser, Valerie (David) Lenfield, Christine Wendt, Tim (Mary Lou) Wendt, Kai Hildebrandt and many much-loved grand-nephews and nieces.
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    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Spencer Lenfield

Posted at 09:58pm
These past few years grew ever more difficult, but I will always remember those many years of my childhood spending holidays and special occasions with Aunt Lillian: confirmation, graduations, recitals, weddings. There are so few people who are around for all of one's life. I always think of Aunt Lillian's pistachio pudding at holidays, the cloisonné Christmas ornaments she gave as presents all those years, Scrabble games, her hugs and kisses through the years. I've had them for thirty years, but I will miss Aunt Lillian very, very much

Courtney Dresser-Holmes

Posted at 01:51pm
So very glad that I visited with her each time we made it up to MI over the last few years. I spent a good portion of my childhood with my Great Aunt Lillian and have the best memories of going to see the Nutcracker with her and baking cookies at Christmas time with her, my mom, my Aunt Valerie and cousins. THOSE are some of the absolute BEST memories I have - baking, singing, laughing (some bubbly might have been involved LOL) and just pure joy. She never forgot a birthday and loved her lipstick and jewelry and her Cubbies!! I'm so grateful that my kids got to meet her and know her as well. She was so loved and will be deeply missed. ❤️

Kathy Welsher Thornton

Posted at 10:35am
My sincerest condolences to your family on the loss of your beloved Lillian. I grew up on Guernsey Ct next door to Lillian and her mom. She was always so pleasant to be around. My parents referred to her and her monther as a Great Neighbors. One of my childhood memories is when she would be outside working. Her mother would come outside and call her name. She would pronounce it "Lily-YON" That was a great little street and neighborhood to grow up in/on, with many Christian people. May she rest in peace.

Bonnie, Bill, Missy, & Billy

Posted at 10:01am
God Bless Aunt Lil, as my family calls her. She was loved dearly, and will be greatly missed by all. Cherished memories will always be in our hearts. We love you Aunt Lil.

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