- January 28, 1970 - December 29, 2011
- Marlborough, Massachusetts
of Wendy's Passing
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“You are a light that shines...and will always burn brightly. Like the stars in the sky.
1 of 22 | Posted by: Micheal and Marlene Tasse - Upton, MA
“Randy, So sorry to hear about Wendy's passing and that she was ill for so long. Your mom has been keeping me updated on your lives over the past...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Raina Morgan - Revfere, MA
“I am deeply saddened this morning to hear of Wendy's illness and passing. It has been over 20 years since I have seen Wendy and yet she still remains...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Peg (Lawless) Rice - Saranac Lake, NY
“We were sorry to hear of Wendy's passing and our thoughts and prayers are with Steve, Eileen and all of Wendy's family. Hold onto the wonderful...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Alan Robers and Gary Amell - NY
“Wendy could walk into a room and the sun would shine.
Wendy was a friend to all even though you had just met her.
When my most precious friend (Nikki...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Joan Moschella - Foxboro, MA
“Wendy was a classmate of mine in Saranac Lake, NY. We grew up together, and I am very sad to hear of her passing. We had many fun times together,...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Jeff Fleury - Lebanon, NH
“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
7 of 22 | Posted by: April Horsey (Donaldson) - NY
“"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside,...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Rick & Nancy Intres - Ashfield, MA
“We are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you at this sad time.
9 of 22 | Posted by: Wayne & Caroline Fellows - FL
“Dear Randy, We are thinking of you and the family today. What a big loss. We all will miss Wendy. What fun we had up at S.L. swimming off the...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: John and Peggy Papenfus - WI
“Dear Randy,Our hearts are broken. We will miss Wendy terribly, and we cherish every memory. You have always been such a wonderful son, and Wendy was...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Barbara and Carlos Castanheira - MA
“May memories of your beloved daughter, wife and sister take some of the sadness from your hearts and gently replace it with the warmth of shared...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: A friend
“Randy, our hearts are heavy with the news of Wendy's passing. Although we had not spent time with you, you, Wendy and your families have been in our...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Linda and Pastor Michael Kasevich - MO
“Randy, so sorry for your loss. Although I only met you and Wendy once I have heard many stories about the two of you from your dad. I send my...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Pam DeGroot - Saugus, MA - friend
“So sorry to hear of your great loss .Randy my thoughts and prayers are withyou today.
15 of 22 | Posted by: Marilyn Perrier - Revere, MA
“Wendy was a beautiful woman and a great wife to Randy. I would tease her and she would give it right back. I loved her and was very glad she loved...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Al Babson - Boston, MA
“Although I didn't see Wendy as much as I should have since she has been ill, she was always in my thoughts. No matter when I saw or spoke with Wendy...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Ellie Rose - Norfolk, MA
“My sympathies to Wendy's family during this time and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Wendy and I went to school together from kindergarten thru...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Kerry Munn - Saranac Lake, NY
“Wendy was a good friend of my Mother's; I spent probably a total of 4 days with her in my life - which, I feel blessed for. Wendy was special - I...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Tebo - Gardner, MA
“A beautiful obituary for a beautiful woman. Wendy had such a welcoming smile. I am at a loss for words and wish I had more time...
20 of 22 | Posted by: Tina Clark - Saranac Lake, NY
“Our hearts are breaking, for the loss of our dear Wendy. All our love & support goes to the whole Walaski/Babson family. It was an honor to have...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Marie & Chet Ropelewski - Vienna, VA
Knowing you has been a privilege and an honor. I will never forget that fun weekend you took me up to SL, shared your friends, memories and...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Amirtham Daniel - Marlborough, MA
Wendy M. Walaski Babson, 41, a resident of Marlborough, MA, since 1997,diedThursday., December 29, 2011 at her home.
Born in Ft. Belvoir, VA, she was the daughter of Stephen and Eileen (Ropelewski) Walaski of Saranac Lake, NY, and the wife of Randy Babson of Marlborough.
Raised in Saranac Lake, NY, she attended St. Bernard's School and Saranac Lake Middle School, where she made lifelong friendships. She attended North Country Community College and later transferred to Holyoke Community College, where she earned an Associate's Degree. She continued her education at UMass Amherst, where she received dual Bachelor Degrees and was a member of Iota Gamma Upsilon Sorority.It was during Political Science class that Wendy met her husband Randy, and they were married in 1996. Following graduation, Wendy began working for Aetna Lighting Company. She then went to work for Natural Intelligence as an executive assistant soon becoming Human Resources Director. Through corporate acquisitions she also worked in Human Resources for Snyder Communications. In 2004 she began working for the Commonwealth of MA Department of Career Services , where she managed the One-Stop Career Center in Marlborough until 2008.
Throughout their twenty years together Wendy and her husband were able to enjoy their mutual interests in boating and travel. They visited Venezuela, numerous Caribbean islands, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France and England, as well as Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. They also shared numerous boat trips with their family and friends to Lake Powell, the Rideau Canal, the Erie Canal and Chesapeake Bay.
In June of 2008, Wendy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After completing initial treatment, and knowing personally how devastating cancer can be to families, Wendy volunteered for the American Cancer Society, by driving patients to their appointments through the Road to Recovery program. In June of 2010, Wendy's cancer returned and she received care and treatment for the next year and a half from the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff of the gynecologic oncology team at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester.
Besides her husband and her parents, she is survived by her brother, David Walaski and his wife Heidi, of Madison, WI, her grandmother, Wilma Ropelewski , of Easthampton, MA, with whom she lived during her college years, and Ciocia Wendy is also survived by her nephew Steven Walaski, her father in law, Alfred Babson, Jr., of Hyde Park, MA and her mother in law, Barbara Castanheira of Peabody, MA, several aunts, uncles, and many cousins as well as her rescue dog, Snickers. She was also the granddaughter of the late Chester J. Ropelewski. Visiting hrs.will be held on Monday, January 2, 2012 from 3-5:30 pm at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough, MA, followed by a funeral service at 5:30 at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to National Ovarian Cancer Coalition www.ovarian.org