June 12, 1928 - November 3, 2021
Lu Beery Wenneker Passed away on November 3, 2021 at age 93. A woman of tremendous energy and passion, she was the daughter of Lenore Hughes Beery and Jacob Karl Beery. Lu attended PCW, now Chatham University. She married Jerome S. Wenneker in 1951. In the early days of their marriage she worked in the display department of Gimbels department store by day and acted in plays at the Pittsburgh Playhouse by night. Later, working on her PhD in art history at the University of Pittsburgh, while working full time and raising 3 children, she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to conduct research in Florence, Italy. Thus began her lifelong love of all things Italian. Lu both wrote and rated the AP exam in Art History for many years. Following a first act spent teaching and raising her family in Pittsburgh, she and Jerry enjoyed a rejuvenating second act in Los Angeles where she taught at Marlborough School for more than 30 years, retiring at age 87. Initially teaching speech and drama, she went on to teach art history and serve as college counselor first at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh and later at Marlborough School. At Ellis, she directed numerous plays, among them half a dozen musicals she scripted and produced with fellow Pittsburgher Joseph Willcox Jenkins. Jerry passed away in 1998 but Lu continued to enjoy living in California until her health brought her back east for her third act in Pittsburgh. She was an avid gardener, an excellent cook, and a lifelong animal lover. Over the years she adopted dozens of dogs and cats in need of a loving home. She is survived by her three children, six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, two dogs and two cats. In lieu of flowers may we suggest a contribution to Humane Animal Rescue https://humaneanimalrescue.org or the Amanda Foundation (https://www.amandafoundation.org). Professional Services trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. www.dalessandroltd.com
Lu Beery Wenneker Passed away on November 3, 2021 at age 93. A woman of tremendous energy and passion, she was the daughter of Lenore Hughes Beery and Jacob Karl Beery. Lu attended PCW, now Chatham University. She married Jerome S. Wenneker... View Obituary & Service Information
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