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Wendy Kay (Askew) Panczyk

April 23, 1952 — November 2, 2022

Auburn, IN

Wendy Kay Panczyk, of Auburn, Indiana and formerly of Marshall, lost her battle with cancer on November 2, 2022.

Wendy was born April 23, 1952, in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The daughter of Donald Edward and Beverly Jane (Sass) Askew.  She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1975 graduate of Harper Creek High School.  She worked at Eaton Corporation and St. Regis Paper Factory.  She started her own daycare and cared for elderly before she retired.

On April 27, 1970, she married her first husband Terry Lee Bates, with whom she had two sons, Scott and Christopher.  On August 13, 1980, she married her second husband Joseph John Panczyk, he preceded her in death.  In 1989 she was blessed with her 3 rd son Cory.

Wendy spent her life enjoying the outdoors.  She loved fishing, gardening and all animals.  Over the years she has had a multitude of animals from raccoons, deer, swans to dogs and bunnies.  She loved Indian pow wows when the boys were younger.  She enjoyed listening to music on her record player.  A sentimental song she listened to often was Watching Scotty Grow.  She also loved her Peppermint Schnapps and butterflies.  Most of all, she loved playing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her sons, Scott Edward (Melissa) Bates, Christopher Lee (Kimberly) Bates, Cory Joseph (Kayla) Levey; grandchildren, Kaylie Bates, Loren Bates, Colton Bates, Keira Bates, Samuel and Gabriel, Emmitt Levey; brothers, Jeffery (Liz) Askew, Kurt Askew, Eric (Denise) Askew; stepbrothers, Paul Fox, Tony Fox, Jeffery Askew; father, Donald Edward Askew; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families.  Wendy was preceded in death by her mother, Beverly Jane Askew; brother, Conrad Askew; husband, Joseph John Panczyk; stepmother, Helen Renee Askew; and aunt Mildred Ferguson.

A Celebration of Life dinner will take place Friday November 18, 2022, from 3-6 PM at the BE Henry Building in Marshall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Calhoun County Animal Center or The American Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Please visit to view the online obituary, sign the guest book, and leave messages for the family.

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