A memorial service will be held at the Universalist Church in Woodstock on July 17 at 11 a.m. for Kathryn Dimick Wendling, 81, who passed away peacefully at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon on July 3.
She was born in Burlington on Aug. 23, 1932, the oldest of six children of Howard and Marion (Dike) Dimick.
She grew up in Richmond and graduated from UVM in 1954. While in college, Kathy came to Woodstock to work at the Woodstock Inn and met her husband, Chef Richard Wendling. They were married Nov. 5, 1955. Together they raised their two children in Pomfret and owned and operated the New England Inn in Woodstock for 10 years.
During this time, Kathy’s artistic talents became well known for her many wedding cakes, and her “famous” Brandy Alexander Pie was acknowledged in the New York Times.
She was a genealogist, and spent many years researching her family tree as well as helping others do the same. Her knowledge of local history earned her the title of Woodstock Historian. She wrote several books on local history and for over 20 years she wrote a weekly column, “Historically Speaking,” for the Vermont Standard.
She served on the boards of The Woodstock Historical Society and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
Kathy also had a political career starting first as president of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, then as state president. She was a legislative reporter for the Herald of Randolph. She served on seven state boards by appointment of the Legislature, two Governors and the Vermont Supreme Court.
She was a community leader in Pomfret and Woodstock, and a volunteer for several organizations throughout the state. She was honored as Woodstock’s Citizen of the Year in 2000.
Kathy is survived by her daughter Marjorie and Kevin Rice of South Pomfret; her son Robert and wife Lynn of Hartland; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband; and three brothers Malcolm, Marshall, and David; and two sisters Nina Dimick and Louise Flower.
Contributions in memory of Kathy may be made to The Woodstock Historical Society, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, 05091 or to The Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock, 05091.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock.
This obituary first appeared in the July 10, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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