Wendy McDevitt Brooks, 83, of Naples, Florida and Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her children: Jennifer Truszkowski (Bill) and Amy O’Neil (Mike), and five grandchildren: Ellie, Claire, and Francie O’Neil, and Katie and Sarah Truszkowski. She will also be dearly missed by her sisters, Ceci McCurdy, Debbie Blossom and Cackie Eastburn, and sisters-in-law Susie Murphy, and Mary Brooks, and Jayne Brooks; her nieces and nephews Arthur Brooks Jr., Alison (Brooks) Kohn, Molly (Brooks) Seitz, Peter Brooks, Emily (Murphy) Maksoudian, Beth (Murphy) Ellis and Nora (Murphy) Mills, David Blossom, Stephen Becker, Melissa Lawler, Scott McCurdy and Meagan LaRue. Wendy was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, Bill; her parents, Warren and Cecelia McDevitt, her brother-in-law Art Brooks and sister-in-law Jane Brooks.
Wendy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and moved to Chagrin Falls as a young girl. She grew up in Lake Lucerne, where she was part of a special group of lifelong friends who were affectionately called the “Mud-Puddlers”. She was a graduate of Kenston High School and attended Miami University, where she was a Delta Gamma. Both her daughters and two of her granddaughters would follow in her footsteps.
Her adventurous spirit led her to great travels around the world. After Miami she toured Europe by train and bike, and once married enjoyed countless trips with Bill to England, France, Ireland, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean playing golf and touring.
In her pastime, Wendy played tennis, paddle, and golf at Pine Ridge Country Club and Cantebury Golf Club. Golf soon became her favorite sport, possibly because she outshone Bill with a hole in one! She was also a member of the Gourmet club, The Junior Committee of the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as a patron of the Cleveland Playhouse.
Wendy resided in Chagrin until 2001, when she and Bill began spending more time in Naples, Florida and became residents of Wilderness Country Club where they met many dear friends.
Wendy will be remembered by her beauty inside and out, fun loving personality, kindness and wicked sense of humor. She was a loving mother and grandmother, was extremely loyal, kind hearted, independent and strong. She was always up for a fun time, and loved nothing more than catching up over a glass of chardonnay. Always authentic and a voice of reason, she was beloved to all of the people in her life and will be dearly missed.
A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, P.O. Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192, to whom we are eternally grateful.