Biography: Wendy Dorothea Duncan was born on April 18, 1954 in New York City to her parents Mary and Alfonso Lenhardt. She was an avid reader, an amateur painter, and she had a lifelong passion for learning.
Wendy was a true New Yorker; she was a realist with a tough exterior but a warm and caring soul. She was known for her infectious laugh that could light up any room and would go out of her way to help her family or friends. Raised in Harlem, Wendy lived for many decades in Washington Heights and later retired to Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania where she discovered a new life and made many new friends.
Wendy was a proud product of the New York City school system. She studied and graduated from Louis D. Brandeis High School where she participated in their theater program. Later in life, she graduated from Bronx Community College with a Bachelor in Science degree.
Wendy spent the majority of her career at Verizon Communications, holding many positions in their business office and eventually retiring as a specialized field technician. She was a proud union member of the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC. While in Tobyhanna, Wendy joined the International F. & A. M. Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 173 which was the first African American chapter in the Pocono Mountains. There she proudly serviced in the positions of Esther and Warder.
Wendy is preceded in death by: her parents, her grandmother Florence, her husband Cheeno Duncan, and mother-in-law Susan. She is survived by her devoted son, Dakim; the light of her life, her grandson Darien and his sister Ashante McCray, her daughter-in-law Kisha. Her sister-in-law Roxanne Duncan and her children Lindsay and Duncan Powell. Her niece Melissa Charleston. Her “adopted” sons, Artie Maldonado, Jaime Berguido, and Shannon Abbott, and a host of cousins and close friends.