Robert Bannon Wenk Sr.
Rockland — Robert Bannon Wenk Sr., 85, died peacefully, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
Born April 10, 1929, in Roselle Park, N.J. in his grandmothers home, he was the son of John and Alice Bannon Wenk.
Mr. Wenk was married to Clara J. Schmidt for 53 years before her death in 2000.
Living in Belford, N.J. for many years, he was a firefighter for the Independent Fire Company. Mr. Wenk next returned to his boyhood town of Roselle Park where he and Clara raised their family in their Elm Street home. He worked for Pamarco Company for 36 years before moving to Georgia. Together they lived in Georgia for 30 years before moving back to Bedminster, N.J. in 2000.
In 2009, Mr. Wenk moved to Rockland to be near his daughter. He enjoyed residing at the Rankin Center, where he took great joy in calling Bingo as well as serving meals to his many friends in the dining room.
He was an animal lover and adopted five older dogs from Lexington Animal Hospital during his years in Bedminster.
Mr. Wenk is survived by his children, Susan Bates and her husband Don of Rockland, Leslie DiLollo and her husband Bert of Plainfield, N.J., Robert B. Wenk Jr. and his wife Susan of Marshal Creek, Pa., John F. Wenk and his wife DeSales of St. Petersburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; as well as his brother Richard Wenk and his wife Diane of Metuchen, N.J.; his sisters, Joan Palisca of Bethlehem, Pa., Judy Micucci and her husband Tony of Barnaget, N.J.; and a sister-in-law Janice Wenk of Lakewood, N.J.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, or Rankin Center Activities Fund, 46 Summer St., Rockland, Maine 04841.
No services will be held at this time.
To share a memory or condolence with Mr. Wenk’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at bchfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, ME.