Wendy Li Lux, 17, of Washington Island, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at her home after a six-month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. Wendy was born in Kunming, China, and had lived in an orphanage in Kunming until her adoption in 2010. She lived with her family in Green Bay and on Washington Island.
Wendy was a junior at Washington Island School. She worked at Findlay’s Holiday Inn on the island for several years. Her last six months had been spent at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee where she fought a daunting fight with cancer. She was released into home hospice Dec. 10, 2018.
The two loves in Wendy’s life were the Washington Island Rec Center and Washington Island School. Wendy had a beaming personality with a cheerful smile that warmed the people she met. She cared so much about others, as demonstrated by her favorite line she would ask people she saw; “How are you?” As she spent time at Children’s Hospital, her hope changed from going to UWGB to traveling to foreign countries to help children with medical needs.
Wendy is survived by her parents: Hans & Beth (nee Kukor) Lux, Jr. of Washington Island; four sisters: Bryn (Steve) Eisfelder of Santa Clara, CA, Kyra, Rylee, and Hayden at home, and four brothers: David Lepley of Scottsdale, AZ, Evan, Zachary, and Joseph at home; grandparents: Hans & Emmi Lux of Milwaukee; aunts: Sue Semrow of Waukesha and Sherry Korner of University City, MO, and one uncle: Jeff Lux of Cudahy; other relatives; and friends
She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Julius & Genevieve Kukor.
A gathering of friends will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Washington Island from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm with Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer officiating. Lunch will follow at the church immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the two places Wendy loved, Washington Island Rec Center or Washington Island Student Council are welcome.
Those planning to attend the service from off island are requested to contact the Washington Island Ferry Line at 1-800-223-2094 for transportation reservations. A special boat for those wanting to attend the service has been established to leave Northport at 11 am and return to the mainland at 3:30 pm. Reservations are needed as the boat can only hold 18 cars.
Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sister Bay is assisting the Lux family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Wendy may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.