Wendy Weiss Newman

Wendy Weiss Newman passed away on November 25, 2016, at the age of 64, after a valiant, three-year battle with cancer.  She spent the days preceding her death in the comfort of  her home with care and support from her loving son, Michael Newman, her steadfast boyfriend, Rick Johnson, her closest friends and her beloved cats.
Wendy was born in Cedarhurst, New York to Lenore Bilinsky and Bertram David Weiss. In addition to her son, she is survived by her brother, Dr. Robert Weiss (Susan), of Maine, and their sons, David and Matthew.
She is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia, Class of 1974, which  was the first group of women admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences.
Wendy devoted her career to fundraising for many worthy non-profit organizations, especially animal welfare and animal rescue groups, which were her passion.  She was a Senior Account Executive at Fund Raising Strategies, Inc., in McLean, Virginia, where she raised more than $47.5 million dollars for clients across the nation, including Habitat for Horses, Tiger Haven, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, Noah’s Lost Ark Animal Sanctuary; and Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue. She received numerous awards in recognition of her innovation and creativity, including several Data & Marketing Association International ECHO® Awards and numerous MAXI Awards from the Direct Marketing Association of Washington.
Her marriage to Michael’s father, Bud Newman, ended in divorce in 1993.  Although her relationship with Mike Brittingham ended with his untimely death in 2005, his daughter, Susan, remained close to Wendy’s heart. She embraced Rick Johnson’s family as her own and delighted in the affection of every grandchild.
Wendy enjoyed shopping with her girlfriends at Nordstrom; a warm chocolate chip cookie, M&M’s and an occasional margarita.  She traveled extensively and cherished every opportunity to appreciate a beautiful sunrise.
Donations to celebrate Wendy’s life can be sent to Tiger Haven, 237 Harvey Road, Kingston, TN 37763, where a domestic cat sanctuary will be built in her honor.

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