October 28, 1944 – October 20, 2019
Uncasville – Wanda J. Kennedy, age 74, died October 20, 2019 at home.
Wanda was born on October 28th, 1944 in New Haven, CT to the late Jonathan Walston Jr and Marian Walston (Hudson). She was a graduate of Guilford High School. She worked diligently and loyally for over 30 years at Graybar Electric in Hamden, CT. She was married and divorced twice, predeceased by both ex-husbands.
Wanda was an incredibly devoted wife and mother whose love and dedication knew no boundaries. Despite having a difficult childhood, she gave her heart and soul to ensure her child was always in safe and loving arms. While she would never characterize herself as perfect, she endured many hardships in life and was often cast into the role of caregiver for others, leaving little time for herself. This selflessness came to define her character, and anyone that saw her with her son knew that there was an incredible, loving bond that could not be broken.
In her prime, Wanda was full of energy; she never met a home improvement task she was afraid of or a tool she didn’t love and stow away in her toolbox. She was a dynamo who would move entire rooms around by herself, and often told a story about how she broke her Karate instructor’s toe during a sparring session. Wanda could cook a mean meatloaf, and a succulent beef stew to warm anyone’s bones on the coldest day. But, for reasons that we could never understand, she just couldn’t master fried chicken and constantly burned biscuits. It didn’t matter though, we ate them anyway because the main ingredient was always her love.
Later in life, as her health began to noticeably decline, Wanda was given the ultimate gift of becoming not only a Mother-in-law, but most unexpectedly a Grandma. It was with the revelation of the latter that she became revitalized, truly relishing every moment of the regular Tuesdays that she was able to spend caring for and cuddling with her darling Grandson, Noel. Nothing made her happier than to have her “Grammie time” with him. No one that knows her would doubt that Noel added meaningful years and much joy to her life. There simply was no more adoring Grammie than Wanda.
If we had to sum up her legacy to our family, it would be to say that she taught us the true meaning of unconditional love by living it every day for us to see. Her generosity was immense, her capacity for forgiveness was vast, and her spirit was always with us, in life as we are sure it will be after her untimely passing. Thank you, Mom. You did a great job, and we love you and keep you in our hearts.
Wanda is survived and will always be remembered lovingly by her son Albert Raebuck and his wife Tara Morgan, and her Grandson Noel Raebuck. She is additionally survived by her sister Charlene Mesick, her Niece Ann Hawkes, her nephew Jon Walston, and other respective family members.
She is predeceased by her father Jonathan Walston Jr., her mother Marian Hudson, her brother Jack Walston, her sister Emily Galvin, and her brother Nathan Walston.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Cancer Research Institute at https://www.cancerresearch.org
To leave a condolence or share a memory, please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com
- Services are Private at the Convenience of The Family
November 3, 2019
Dear Al, Tara, and Noel
Steve and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Wanda's passing. Though our acquaintance was only for a few years, I quickly learned of her deep love for her son and new family. She above all loved being Grammie to Noel and he adored her as well. I will miss our almost daily exchange of views, quips, and jokes on Facebook but know that she will be watching over all of us, hopefully with a "thumbs up". Rest easy Wanda, love never dies.
October 27, 2019
I had the great pleasure in your Mom's life as we shared the blesssings and bond of loving sons and our grandchildren.
Her postings were messages to you and sweet Noel which reflected a devoted Mom and "Grammie"
To all who seek Comfort and Peace , I offer this reading from Scripture :
Second Reading 2 Timothy 4: 6-8
For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand .
I have competed well; I have finshed the race; I have kept the faith
From now on the crown of righteous awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearance.
October 22, 2019
Wanda was like family when I was growing up. She sure loved you Albert. I used to babysit for you and your parents let me have all the sardines and crackers I wanted. Thinking of Wanda’s family at this sad time ❤️XO
October 22, 2019
I have fond and loving memories of Wanda, I have known her since I was a little girl. You are right in everything you said in her obit, she sure did love you! You were her pride and joy! I used to watch you when you were a little boy when Al and your mother went out on a Saturday night. And your son brought great joy to her. I'm so glad she got to live close to you guys in her later years and wasn't alone. My thoughts are with you.
October 22, 2019
Al, Tara, and Noel,
We share in your sorrow as you grieve this spirited, loving soul. My memories of Wanda always include her sly smile as she quietly took in all the commotion of our loud, boisterous family. She and I shared many a conversation tucked away in a corner at a family gathering. The depth of her love for you all was palpable. She and I shared more than once in our admiration of the incredible son she had raised, a man whom I have been lucky to call my brother-in-law for the past six years. And her joy in Noel was immeasurable. I now regret that the topic of karate never came up as I would having enjoyed swapping stories.
May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, dear Wanda.
With love and sympathy,
Melissa, Mark, Lily & Sam
Brenda Schweizer Stegina
October 22, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was my godmother and I loved her very much.
October 22, 2019
Wanda and I were best friends for years , we did so many things together Dave and I were the ones who stood up for her when shemarried Albert , we traveled played and had each others back. We loved her like no other and the memories will remain with us forever. Albert is our godson and the story behind thaat was see fought to get a church to let us be god parents because we were not catholic and she did it!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless you forever more