Isabelle S.K. Wendelken, 85

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BRUNSWICK — Isabelle Susan K. Wendelken, 85, died peacefully Nov. 29, surrounded by her family.

She was born June 10, 1929, in Biddeford, the daughter of David Alfred and Elsa Marie Nyden Kennedy. She graduated from Thornton Academy and went on to work for Saco Lowell.

On June 27, 1953, she married Frederick Wendelken Jr. The couple lived in Saco, before moving to Bath and finally settling in Brunswick.

Isabelle worked in the Brunswick school system for many years. In her retirement, she enjoyed reading, cribbage and playing Bingo with her friends. She also was a huge Boston Bruins fan. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren walking the beach, and taking weekend rides with family.

Wendelken was predeceased by her husband and a brother, Batey H. “Bud” Kennedy.

She is survived by her three daughters, Dorothy Ann Wendelken and husband Mark Hatfield, of Lee, New Hampshire, Nancy Clift and husband Bruce, of Standish, and Pamela June O’Brien and husband Craig, of Bowdoin; two brothers, Alfred Kennedy and wife Lois, and David Kennedy and wife Judy, all of California; a sister-in-law, Joanne Kennedy, of South Carolina; three granddaughters, Leah Susan O’Brien, Hannah Margaret O’Brien and Alison Nicole Clift; a grandson, Samuel Frederick Clift; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their thanks for the care Wendelken received over the last years of her life at Pejepscot Terrace, and to staff at Thornton Hall, Freeport Place and Hawthorne House.

A private interment will take place in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Augusta.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011, or to a local animal shelter.

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