It is with broken hearts that we must announce that Wendy Sue Nemcosky passed away April 29, 2023, at the young age of 44, due to acute kidney failure. Born on August 11, 1978, in Arcata, Wendy was a beloved fiancé, daughter, sister and aunt.

Wendy Sue attended Blue Lake Elementary School. When she graduated eighth grade in 1992 she was voted most athletic, and played basketball, softball and was an avid bowler. She went on to attend Arcata High School where she continued to play softball and remain active in her bowling league. Wendy graduated Arcata High School in 1996 with many great lifelong friends.

During her senior year Wendy started working at Arcata Bowl as a short order cook at night, where upon turning 21 years old, she was trained to be a bartender. When Arcata Bowl closed in 2000, she continued bartending at E & O Lanes along with working the bowling alley. It was this profession that allowed Wendy to meet so many diverse, wonderful people, many of whom would turn out to be lifelong friends, if not a second family.

Wendy Sue had many adopted kids at the bowling alley who she loved to spoil by buying them a Shirley Temple or a Roy Rogers. At the bowl, Wendy loved to play liars dice, cribbage or a good game of pool with her customers.

Wendy Sue met her fiancé Jimbo Harris at E & O Bowl in 2008, when he was bowling league. They have lived together in Trinadad for the last six years with their beloved fur babies Koda and Brutus.

In June of 2019, Wendy decided she needed a change in careers and she started working at Wing Inflatables, where she worked until her passing. Wendy loved her job there, especially working alongside her buddy Duck. Wendy told many stories of the fun and laughs they had working together.

My daughter Wendy was known for her twisted sense of humor, sassy attitude, giant smile, and infectious laugh that I will forever keep with me. She could not contain her excitement of seeing someone she hadn’t seen in a while and she would do her little giddy-up dance and give them the biggest smile and hug ever.

Wendy was a free spirit who lived her life on her terms. She was fiercely independent, never afraid to speak her mind, and always true to herself. Her unique personality and zest for life touched the hearts of everyone who knew her. Wendy will be deeply missed by her parents, brothers, fiancé, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends who cherished her company. Her passing has left a void in their lives that can never be filled. Although her time on earth was short her impact will be felt for years to come.

Wendy Sue was born to Nick Nemcosky and Darcy (Netz) Malsom. She is survived by the love of her life, her fiancé James (Jimbo) Harris Jr., father Nick Nemcosky and his partner Heather Knauff, mother Darcy (Netz) Malsom and step-father Bruce Malsom, her older brother Jonathan Nemcosky, younger brothers Brandon Nemcosky and Dustin Corder, step-sister Melissa Barto and husband Tom Barto, step-sister Dawn Strauss, her very special Uncle Gerald (Beaver) Stillwell and Aunt Tina Stillwell, her very special Aunt Michelle Calvert and husband Brian Calvert, beloved nephews Jaron Nemcosky and Marley Harris, and her Godson Chad Blickenstaff and best friend Jennifer Kuwahara, many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Wendy was preceded in death by her stepsister Amber (Hardy) Miller, Grandmas Coralie (Blickenstaff) Smith and Glenes (Wantt) Leggett, and Grandpa’s Rudolph (Nick) Nemcosky and Theron Morris.

A celebration of life for Wendy will be held Sunday, June 4, at the Sapphire Palace at Blue Lake Casino from 1-4 p.m. There will be a deli lunch buffet available for service attendees.


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