Wendy Ruth Neuberger Gerick, age 92, passed away peacefully in Chicago on October 14, 2020. She was born in Oakland, CA in 1928 to Lester and Madeleine Neuberger.
Raised in New York City, she attended Olivet and Macalester Colleges where she studied dance. After college, she danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and toured with a theater group as well as travelling Europe extensively as a single woman. Arriving in Chicago, she met her future husband, Irving Gerick.
Wendy had a successful catering business and cooking school and later became a realtor. She engaged in creative pursuits, painting as a young woman and then returning to the easel in her retirement. She travelled the world extensively throughout her entire life, and enjoyed tennis, macramé, gardening, camping and community theatre.
She was one of the many village mothers that it takes to raise children. The family home was always open to friends, both young and old, and there was always room for another plate or two at the table. She was generous with her time, volunteering for many causes that were meaningful to her. She loved nothing more than a good party, both as a host and a guest.
Wendy is survived by her three children, Jarede (David) Schmetterrer, Joshua (Keith) Behr, and Matthew (Sandra) Sibley Gerick, grandchildren Aviva, Ariele, A.J., and Piper, and great grandchildren Ezra, Shira, and Ember.
She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Irving Gerick, and her sister, Gretel Neuberger.
In lieu of services a Memorial Gathering will be held in Hyde Park, Chicago, on Saturday June 5, 2021. (The weekend of the Hyde Park Art Fair.) Location to be announced.