Wendy Schnering Meehan – 65
Wendy Schnering Meehan of Convent Station, NJ, died peacefully at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover on Saturday, March 7, 2020 after a long illness.
Wendy was born on August 18, 1954 to Philip Blessed Schnering and Ruth Scott Schnering in Evanston IL. Her family relocated to Stevenson Maryland, in the Green Spring Valley, in the late 1950s. She attended St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland, graduating in 1972. She then attended Sweet Briar College, in Sweet Briar, Virginia graduating in 1976 with dual majors of psychology and anthropology.
She is survived by Mike Meehan, her beloved husband of 29 years. She is also survived by her sisters Sally Hutchins of Great Falls VA, Sandra Freese of Reisterstown MD, Judy Hengerer (James) of Rockland ME, sort-of sister Winnie Eichner of Ft. Lauderdale FL, her brother Philip (Susan) of Anchorage AK, as well as many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand nephews. She is also survived by “almost family” Barbara Bird of Paoli PA, and her cats Diesel and Seven.
In the 1970s when Wendy moved to New Jersey, she started a custom needlepoint business called A Stitch in Mind, which she operated for a number of years. Wendy developed an early interest in computer programming during high school and college, and she eventually moved into a fulfilling career as a System’s Analyst with Westinghouse Elevator, Schindler Elevator, Ajilon Consulting, and Prudential Insurance.
Wendy had a lifelong love of horses, and she owned a pony or horse, or two, from the time she was 8 years old. She participated in high-level competition specializing in 3-day events, which included dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. She participated in the United States Pony Club in her youth, and supported the Pony Club as an adult by helping organize and run Pony Club events.
Another lifelong interest was nature photography, including underwater photography. She also enjoyed travel, especially with friends and family. She made many annual family trips to Harbour Island Bahamas, as well as trips to the Far East, Mexico, Greece, Tahiti, Alaska, the Galapagos, and many whale-watching trips - both far and near.
She learned to drive in her father’s green 1956 Thunderbird, named “George”. When her father handed down the car, Wendy became involved in the NJ Open Road Thunderbird Club, a chapter of Classic Thunderbird Club International. For a time she was newsletter editor for NJORTC, and she was a former Regional Director of CTCI. Involvement in these organizations resulted in many warm and enduring friendships.
Visitation at the Leonardis Memorial Home, 210 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm. Funeral on Thursday, March 12, 2020 assembling at the funeral home at 9am followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 10am. Interment at Holy Rood Cemetery, 61 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Donations in Wendy’s memory may be made to Orphan Anni-mals Farm Sanctuary (tax exempt 501c3), Attn: Darla Daniel, 71 Forge Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.