Mary Chopin Wendt
Mary Chopin Wendt
  • January 7, 1944 - March 10, 2017
  • Harahan, Louisiana

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On March 10, 2017, Mary Chopin Wendt passed away peacefully at the age of 73. Mary was surrounded by those who loved her most after a private, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Mary is survived by her loving daughter and closest companion, Meredith Wendt Pinkerton (Michael); devoted daughter-in-law, Caroline Williamson Wendt; older brother, L. Frank Chopin; "substantially younger brother", Richard "Dick" Chopin (Denise); beloved grandchildren, Hadley Chopin Pinkerton, William Richard Pinkerton, Mary Avery Pinkerton, Cecily Adair Pinkerton, and Evangeline Rose Wendt; and a host of adoring nieces and nephews, their spouses and children.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Richard Paul Wendt, Jr.; husband, Richard Paul Wendt, Sr.; parents, Alton and Floretta Chopin; and brothers, Lanny Chopin and Robert Chopin.

A graduate of Academy of the Holy Angels, Loyola University, and Tulane University, Mary was a Board Certified Social Worker who dedicated her life to helping those less fortunate than herself. A long-time employee of Uptown Dialysis and its successor, Davita, Mary worked tirelessly on behalf of dialysis patients. The National Kidney Foundation recognized her years of volunteer service with the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Award. She was an active volunteer for Pink House and served on the Humana Senior Advisory Board up until her death.

Despite her professional and volunteer achievements, Mary's true vocation and greatest joy were her 5 grandchildren. A daily and integral presence in their young lives, Mary was actively involved in their schools, The Academy of the Sacred Heart and Holy Name of Jesus. Ever proud and doting, she never missed an opportunity to celebrate their academic and extra-curricular successes. Her crowning achievement was the creation of a close-knit immediate and extended family bound together by her love, humor, and dedication to their individual and collective happiness.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Mary's extraordinary life on Monday, March 13, 2017, at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. followed by Mass at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mary's favorite charity, Second Harvest Food Bank.

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