Wendy Hall
October 13th 1951 to January 16th, 2022

Wendy as a teenWendy Hall releasing a barred owlWendy with Luvey the black bear

L to R: Wendy as a teen, Releasing a Barred Owl after Rehab, and greeting Luvey the black bear

Wendy Hall

Monday morning: The snow is falling gently, and my angel is gone. Wendy Hall, co-founder of Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington, passed away last night in Home Hospice, at the age of seventy, of an inoperable sarcoma, with me at her bedside. A perennial volunteer, Wendy was a nurse, well known for her dedication to helping people and wildlife. At various times a volunteer ambulance lieutenant, massage therapist, pastel and stained-glass artist, an expert Scrabble Player, Wendy was best known as a wildlife rehabilitator, who not only helped train aspiring rehabilitators, but also taught many folks about wildlife and their roles in nature.

Wendy racked up thousands of travel miles, rescuing, rehabbing and releasing every critter from songbirds to birds of prey, to mammals such as beaver, fishers, fox, coyotes and bears, back to the wild, while taking those critters who could no longer make a living in nature to schools, colleges, retirement homes, etc., to allow observers to see these animals up close, and appreciate how they survive in nature, and how those roles often complement what people are trying to accomplish.

When she wasn’t traveling, Wendy was “on call,” always available, day or night, to pick up a wounded animal or to help out a colleague. She was an inspiration for countless schoolchildren (and their parents) through her educational sessions. Wendy brought people together – environmental activists and writers, artists and neighbors – and fostered collaboration and community. A tireless advocate, she made sure her state legislators were educated on critical environmental issues. Her expertise and passion for her work were evident in everything she did. Most gratifying, I've had many people through email, social media and a few in person, tell me that Wendy Hall changed their lives.

Wendy is survived by me, her husband of 45 years, a writer and educator known in the Adirondacks for my educational work with wolves and bears, as well as four grown kids, Dr. Dan Hall, a veterinary cardiologist in South Carolina, Emily Hall, an RN in Minnesota, Jessica Hall, a restaurant manager in New York, and Alex Hall, a medic with the Vermont National Guard, also known for his work with raptors, wolves and bears. Dan, and his wife Magdalena, have two kids, Nathan and Sonya, the former a high school senior being scouted by pro baseball teams. Emily is married to Bharath, a rheumatologist, and they have two grade school kids, Ethan and Mina. Wendy was the youngest of four, with older siblings Connie, Rick and Gary. Wendy’s father, Dr. Kal Berke, a neuropsychologist, died of a similar cancer at the age of 49.

Wendy was born in the Yankee Stadium area of the Bronx, and lived variously in Riverdale, Dobbs Ferry and finally Hastings-on-Hudson, where she met Steve, a fellow nature lover, with whom she raised her family for 23 years in the Carmel, NY area known as Kent Lakes. After 911, Wendy and Steve, with the kids grown and gone in pursuit of their careers, moved to Wilmington in the Adirondacks, and on those 50 acres near Whiteface Mountain, started Adirondack Holiday, a vacation rental business, as well as the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, which averaged 50,000 visitors a year, eager to learn about wildlife and nature. Wendy will be missed by all who knew her, but her legacy will live on. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society in Wendy’s name, to help them beat this disease that has cut short so many lives, or the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge to help continue the work Wendy started. This photo essay shows Wendy at various stages of her fruitful life. Thanks my angel, for making my life's dreams come through.

A grateful shout out to neighbors Diane and Sytske who came by daily during Wendy’s four months in Home Hospice and were a tremendous help in supporting Wendy through this heartbreaking period, and to Karen and Bob, neighbors who kept a steady stream of home cooked meals coming our way, relieving us of much meal preparation. Vinny and Arlene gave us a gift certificate for Fratelli's Restaurant in Wilmington, and several classmates from Hastings High, particularly Shuli, as well as Gordo and Jody, who have experience with cancer patients within their families, were always there to walk me through understanding the various stages of the disease we were seeing.

The Wildlife Refuge is closed until May 7th, and we will celebrate Wendy’s life on May 21st, scatter her ashes at the Refuge, rename the Welcome Center the Wendy Hall Welcome Center, and reopen with an expanded science program, with educational programs ranging from what we know about our place in the universe and how that will affect our future, how livestock were developed out of wild animals, and what the ongoing insect collapse means to human civilization and nature generally. Wendy's friends and followers, as well as the general public, is welcome to Wendy's Life Celebration on Saturday, May 21st.

Stephen Hall, January 17th, 2022

Wendy with Bald Eagle  Wendy with the Wolves  Wendy with eagle rehabWendy at Fletcher Allen Before Starting Home Hospice
Wendy with eagle, wolves, an eagle in Rehab, and with Steve in Fletcher Allen Univ of Vermont Aug 2021, before start of Home Hospice

Wendy and Pippin the red fox with a young donorWendy with Artemis, great horned owl
Wendy with a kestrel
Wendy with Pippin the red fox and young donor            with Artemis a great horned owl                   and a kestrel

Emily, Wendy and MinaWendy pregnant with Dan, 1976
Wendy with Great Horned OwlWendy June 2021Wendy with grandkids Sonya and Nathan
Wendy with Emily and Mina, pregnant with Dan in 1976, with Great Horned Owl, Spring 2021, and with SC grandkids Sonya and Nathan

Colorado 1979 with baby Danendy with Barbary FalconWendy and Emily about 1988
In Colorado with Toddler Dan, with Barbary Falcon 2020, and with daughter Emily about 1988

Wendy and our first dog together, MaxEmily and Wendy
Wendy and Steve by Ken RiminyWendy and Annette hanczyk
Wendy with our first dog, Max          Emily and Wendy   Wendy and Steve by Ken Riminy      Wendy with Hanczyks, donors of new Education Center

Wendy with Swainsons HawkWendy with Red TailWendy with grandson EthanWendy with white pine  root bundle
Wendy with Swainsons Hawk, Red Tail and grandson Ethan, son of Emily and Bharath, and with white pine roots by Stacey Lewis

Alex, Emily, Wendy, Jess and DanWendy and Steve 2005
Wendy and Steve at Dan' Wedding
Alex, Emily, Wendy, Jess and Dan         Wendy and Steve 2005        Wendy and Steve at Dan's wedding

Wendy with Nathan as an infant
Rusky, Chino, Steve and AlexWendy and Nathan at pumpkin patch
Wendy and Nathan                                                           Rusky, Chino, Steve and Alex                  Wendy and Nathan in the Pumpkin Patch

WEndy and CreeWendy in the Lamar Valley in YellowstoneWendy with wolf cake by Stacey Lewis
Wendy with Cree                             Wendy in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone in 2012     Wendy with wolf birthday cake by Stacey Lewis

When we lived in Valhalla- about 1975
Wendy and Dan - 1976Wendy with infant Dan - 1976
1976: Wendy reading D.H. Lawrence's "Women in Love"                Wendy and Dan                       Wendy and Dan
Stained Glass Hawk by WEndy
Stained Glass Hawk by Wendy Hall

Dan, Alex, Jessica, Wendy, Emily and Steve Hall
Dan, Alex, Jessica, Wendy, Emily and Steve Hall, Sept 2021

Steve and Wendy at Hubgry Trout by Stacey Lewis
Steve and Wendy at the Hungry Trout by Stacey Lewis, 2020

Eagle pastel by Wendy Hall

Eagle Pastel by Wendy Hall

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Steve & Wendy Hall
PO Box 555, 977 Springfield Road, Wilmington, NY 12997
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