Lives Lived: Sally Wenzel (sponsored obituary)
Sally Wenzel, 88
Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend
passed away at her home at Quail Ridge Assisted Living in Grass Valley
on Sept. 20, 2009.
Born in New York, N.Y. on April 29, 1921 to Morris and Rachel (Cohen)
Schnerman. Mrs. Wenzel graduated from Madison High School
in Brooklyn, New York. She married Harold Wenzel on Dec. 20, 1941 in
Fort Lee, N.J. They were married for 60 years until his death on August
17, 2001 in Oceanside, Calif.
Mrs. Wenzel worked for 15 years as a social worker in Los Angeles
for the Didi Hirsch Clinic, specializing in family therapy and for 8
years as a certified mediator in Oceanside. She volunteered for many
organizations and gave of her energy and skills to make the world a
better place for battered women and families in trouble.
Mrs. Wenzel moved to Grass Valley in 2001 to be closer to her children. As she entered the early stages
of macular degeneration, she immediately signed up to serve on the board of the Sierra Services for the
Blind in order to help others struggling with her challenges. She served on the board for 5 years. She was
also an official “Welcomer” at Quail Ridge and served on the residence council for many years.
Mrs. Wenzel was a fit and active person who loved parties, dancing and “dressing up.” She participated
in Tai Chi classes until very recently and exercised faithfully up until the end of her life. She was a great
and loyal friend to countless people who will miss her upbeat nature, her sense of humor and her “get-upand-
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law; Jeff and Lynn Wenzel of Grass Valley; Rob and Jan
Wenzel of Nevada City and Los Angeles; grandchildren Jennifer Wenzel and husband Paul Bailin of San
Francisco, and Michael and wife Stacey Wenzel of San Francisco; great-grandchildren Ellie Bailin, Griffin
and Jacob Wenzel all of San Francisco; brother Nat Sherman of Los Angeles.
A graveside service has taken place at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, Calif. and a Celebration of
Life will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Assisted Living. Memorial contributions
may be made to The Sierra Services for the Blind, 546 Searls Ave., Nevada City, 265-2121 or to
Hospice of the Foothills. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.
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