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Wendy Schellinger-Schwob

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 14:01

March 7, 1958 - April 22, 2024

Wendy Lynn Schellinger-Schwob, a 13th-generation Bonacker who was proud of her family roots, died on April 22 at home in Vero Beach, Fla., where she had lived since 2007. Diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer about 16 months earlier, she was 66. Her husband, Emil Schwob, and a sister, Yvonne Schellinger, were with her at the time of her death.

She held many different jobs over her nearly 50 years in East Hampton: teaching prekindergarten at the Neighborhood House, cleaning houses, working the counter at delis and at Stuart's Fish Market, and working retail at Banana Republic and Henry Lehr shops.

"One thing you could always say about her was that she worked!" her family wrote. "She loved helping people, and that was something she prided herself on."

Ms. Schellinger-Schwob had a talent for baking and had dreamed of writing a cookbook. After moving to Florida, she went to work in the bakery department of Publix, the grocery store chain, and set up her own homemade zucchini bread business. She later found she had a knack, too, for selling real estate in Florida.

Ms. Schellinger-Schwob was fond of animals, including her cats, Skittles and Boots. She enjoyed fishing, fast cars, growing her own fruit trees, and spending time at the beach. She also liked designing the interiors of her homes and staying up to date with the latest fashion trends.

In short, her family wrote, she "loved life."

She was born at Southampton Hospital on March 7, 1958, to Stanley (Pep) Schellinger and the former Joan Lewandowski. She grew up in Springs and graduated from East Hampton High School in 1976.

Her first husband was Gary Cobb. Their son, Jason Cobb, lives in East Hampton. She and Nicholas Havens, her second husband, had two daughters, who survive: Kelli Havens of East Hampton and Julie Havens of Cushing, Me.

She and Mr. Schwob were married in September 2007.

In addition to her sister Yvonne, who lives in Vero Beach, she leaves another sister, Evelyn Shields of Amagansett, and a brother, Charles (Chuck) Schellinger of East Hampton. She also leaves four grandchildren, Devon Mansir, Dylan Mansir, Brooklynn Svoboda Cobb, and Jace Cobb, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Ms. Schellinger-Schwob was cremated, her ashes laid to rest in Green River Cemetery in Springs along with those of her parents. A private family memorial service will be planned in the future.


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