Barbara Wernecke Durkin

January 13, 1944February 18, 2013

Barbara Wernecke Durkin East Lansing, Michigan Formerly of Rochester, NY

Born January 13, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland to Raymond and Della Wernecke, passed away on February 18, 2013, at the age of 69. Barbara was a high school teacher and writer. She is preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Tom and Richard Wernecke. Barbara is survived by her husband of 39 years, Bill; sons, Matthew Richard (Jenette) Durkin and John Michael (Mary) Durkin; 4 grandchildren, Madison, Michael, Emilee and Bethany.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2576 Browncroft Blvd., Rochester, New York. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s memory to Towson University Foundation, G.R. Gillespie and Maravene S. Loeschke Scholarship Endowment at or the Dundalk High School class of 1962 Scholarship Fund at

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 2, 2013

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Ron Farinetti

March 17, 2014

Wow its hard to Believe its been a Year since Barbara Left us. I know I gained a Great Friend when Barbara was My English Teacher in the 10th and 12th Grade and I consider it a Privilege to have Known Her. God Bless You Barbara I know you are Watching and Waiting.....

March 18, 2013

Dear Friends and family of Ms. Durkin, I was a 1973 student at Patapsco High School. She was an unforgettable drama teacher. She was an amazingly special, motivating friend and teacher to all who were in her charge. I loved her very much and it was important to me that I went to her book signing in Dundalk later in the 80s. She was quotable with all that her sense of humor lended to her classroom. I will miss knowing she's in this world but rejoice in knowing she's with the Angels now. God bless all that loved and miss her. Memories of this wonderful lady will comfort you. Debi Richardson Lynch

Debbie Randyn

March 10, 2013

Twenty nine years ago I was a singer in local bands and Barbara called me up to do an interview over the phone for Rochester Women Magazine. She was such a lovely person and made me feel so comfortable telling her my "story". When the article came out, I was so happy for the way Barbara took my words and added her special artistic color. I still have the piece and thank her for choosing me for the story. At that time in my life, I had recently lost my Mom and the band that I had spent 8 years in, trying to make it to the big time, broke up. The article lifted my spirits, something I really needed back then. To her family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very special person.

Wendy Hellier Stevens

March 5, 2013

So sorry to hear of a fellow writer's death. She and I both wrote about Dundalk. I grew up in Dundalk as well but never had her for a teacher. From my high school friends I understood she was a very good teacher.

March 3, 2013

I was just out at our DHS Class of 62 website and noticed and was sadden by the passing of my classmate Barbara. To her family my condolences. Jerry Badinger Class of 62 DHS

John Durkin

February 28, 2013

Mom taught us so much about life. Many people have been frustrated by her suffering over the years. Some were even critical at times, however mom was always quick to remind us that “suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us”. Mom really cared about people, she taught us about faith, love, and the importance of family. She would sing and dance and tell the BEST stories. And mom believed in me, she was always on my side. Ever since I was a little guy, we were buddies. I would sit with her and pat her hand and say, “Mumma, I am proud of you, it's gaiing to be aw wight!” I love you ma, ten hundred million and six.

John Durkin

February 28, 2013

Joe Beck

February 28, 2013

John - I am very sorry for your loss. Although, I only had the privilege to meet your mother twice, she was a very sweet and caring lady. I also saw how proud of you she was. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Maxine Mcquade/ Journey

February 27, 2013

Barbara, was a teacher of mine in high school, she was one of the best teachers in Patapsco High. She made learning fun/ always had a smile and an kind word to her students. She was one of the best! God bless her husband, children and grandchildren and her friends, I know there is a big void in your lives:( Heaven gained an Angel! I will keep her family in my daily prayers <3

Dawn Clavey Ackley

February 27, 2013

I would like to express my condolences to the Durkin and Wernecke families. I did not have Ms. Wernecke as a teacher, but I remember her happy, joyous personality, and I remember when Mr. Durkin announced their engagement! And I remember, years later, when I read her story in the Guidepost Angels edition, which was very uplifting. Even though I did not know her personally, she touched my life in small ways, which caused me to remember her all this time.

May God bless you all as you mourn her passing, but we must remember that this is not the end of life. In fact, it is but the beginning!

Dawn Clavey Ackley
Patapsco High School, class of 1973