Wendy Keryk services announced
Retail Editor 1 -- Home Textiles Today, October 19, 2011
Nyack, N.Y. - Funeral services will be held here on Saturday for long-time home textiles industry veteran Wendy Keryk, who passed away on Monday following a six-month battle with cancer.
Keryk, throughout her career of more than 35 years in the industry, worked for some of the leading window and bedding companies in the business, including Cameo Curtain, National Curtain, CHF, Burlington, Richloom, Victoria Classics and Peking Handicraft.
According to Art Engel, who hired her at Cameo in the 1970s as his assistant, Keryk was born in Kenya where her father worked for the United Nations. She was an English citizen but eventually became a naturalized American. At Cameo, she rose to become vice president for mass merchandising, before moving on to senior positions with other companies in the industry, before leaving the business in the mid-2000s.
Along the way, she was very active in the Home Fashion Products Association, serving as its president for several years in the 1990s.
According to her sister Jackie, "In recent years she devoted her time to championing favorite projects and community work at her church."
Maria Scozarro, a long-time friend and also a former industry executive, called Wendy "a woman of varied and limitless talent. Wendy embraced life with a spirit of joy and enthusiasm that radiated to all those she loved and with whom she came in contact; always eager to lend a hand, provide comfort or offer her unique brand of gentle kindness and inspired council."
She is survived by her husband John and two sisters, Jackie and Lindy.
Visitation is being held Thursday and Friday afternoon and evening at Hanneman Funeral Home (www.hannemannfuneralhome.com), 88 South Broadway in Nyack, NY. There will be additional visitation Saturday morning at 8am followed by funeral services at 9:30 at New Hempstead Presbyterian Church, 484 New Hempstead Road in New City, N.Y.
The family has asked that any donations be made to: Hi-tor Animal Care Center Inc., 65 Fireman's Memorial Drive, Pomona NY10970
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