Wendy Shehadi, born March 13, 1941 in Reno, Nevada, passed away on October 19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada from complications of kidney failure and pneumonia. She was 76 years of age.
Wendy is survived by her husband Dick; sons Mark and Scott; guardian son Mike Corkeron; grandsons Michael and Ryan Shehadi; brother Dr. Richard Rupp; sister in law Louise Rupp; brother in law Michael Shehadi; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Wendy was a graduate of Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in Physical Education and English. During her school years she competed in synchronized swimming events and served as a life guard. After UNR graduation she taught PE at Wooster High School.
Wendy and Dick Shehadi married in 1965 and in 1969 they purchased Whiteside Chevrolet in South Lake Tahoe, becoming Shehadi Motors with franchises Toyota and Chevrolet, later on replacing the latter with Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Jeep and Honda Power Equipment.
Wendy was active in community organizations and associations beginning with Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe in 1972. She served as President in 1975-76 and was a Sierra Nevada Region Chair for several years beginning in 1976. Wendy was honored with Life Membership in 2001.
Wendy served as a Trustee of the Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation Board from 1991-97, also serving President for two years. She was a Charter Member of Heartbeat, the funding start-up for the Foundation. She was a Past President of the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Bowling Association and a member of the Tahoe Choir.
That’s the factual part of some of the contributions Wendy made for the community. The part that will be endless will be the personal memories her family and friends carry with them. Wendy was the friend always to be counted on, the grandmother who awaited the call to learn how the latest events were going, the mother always to be at thousands of games and school events, the wife always supporting the needs of a busy franchise despite the fact that she could be a co-business owner but not a co-franchisee (those were the days, my friend!), the member of organizations to which she gave her all.
Wendy’s warmth, her smile, her interest in everyone around her will never leave the minds of family or friends. Her generous spirit to those in need, her ease of finding just the right words to console a friend, her love of her surroundings as long as family was close, her compassion for those in need of a hug. All were shared generously and will always be held in memory.
A Celebration of Life was held October 28th in Las Vegas.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 4th at 1:00 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, 2500 Emerald Bay Road