Wendy Louise Chinni of Morris Plains, NJ passed away peacefully on April 18, 2020 from complications of the coronavirus. Born to her mother, Claire Rogers, the world was blessed with Wendy on July 23, 1936. Lovingly raised by her parents John and Elizabeth Cupo, Wendy met the love of her life, John Joseph Chinni at a dance in 1953, a fateful moment in time that would soon begin a 66 year love story, the likes of which is unrivaled by even the best of Hollywood scripts. Wendy and John exchanged their eternal vows on September 1, 1956 and together they raised four children. Wendy was the epitome of a devoted wife and mother. Her family meant everything to her, as she did to them.
In 1954, Wendy earned her high school diploma from Lodi High School. A voracious reader, Wendy’s intellect was not measured by the degrees decorating her wall, but rather, the stacks of books that donned her coffee table. She could carry conversations on topics from the Ottoman Empire to FDR – and hold her own with the best of historians. And, she could challenge the best of NY Times crossword enthusiasts.
Most important, was the person Wendy was. To her core, she believed that there was goodness in every person. She spoke to those around her of not judging, of treating people with respect and of being kind. “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all.” was the motto she lived by and always tried to teach everyone. Indeed, the world would be a better place if we would all listen to her.
Wendy may be a bit further away now, however, she will continue to profoundly influence the lives of her husband, John; four children, Wendy, John, Christopher, and Brian; and seven grandchildren, Shane, Kyle, Kelsey, Brian, Jr., Julia, Jessica, and Jackson, through the unwavering empathetic, compassionate, humble, and unassuming life she led, enduring words she offered and wisdom she imparted. Until we meet again, may God hold you safely in the palm of his hands.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to www.doctorswithoutborder.org, the organization Wendy admired and supported.