Dorothy Wenger Shenk, 82, of Harrisonburg, Va., died Aug. 6, 2022, after a life-long fight
with respiratory diseases. She was born Aug. 7, 1939, to Benjamin David Wenger and Ethel Edmondson Wenger in Rockingham County.
On Jan. 27, 1959, she married Clayton Otho Shenk of Elida, Ohio.
She loved the Lord, her family, music and bluebirds. She was invited to the Mennonite church as a young teen by a caring friend, where she began her life journey with the Lord. After her marriage, she served as a Sunday school teacher and music leader at Beldor Mennonite Church for 17 years. She also served as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship for 15 years. She was invited to Weavers Mennonite Church, where she served in children’s ministry as well as worship music leader.
She considered the times spent with family a precious gift, especially times spent with her two grandsons when they were young. Family gatherings with children, grandchildren and siblings were always a blessing to her. Her family was blessed not only by her love and godly role model, but also by her continual, faithful prayers on their behalf.
She sang with the EMC College Chorale, Shenandoah Valley Choral Society and several church choral groups. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School and studied at Eastern Mennonite College and Madison College.
She was a professional floral and cake designer. She and her husband, Clayton, owned Confectionately Yours, a gift and decorative accessory store. She later worked at VMRC Park Gables, in dining services; and at Traditions Family Restaurant, and volunteered at Gift & Thrift.
Survivors include her husband, Clayton; a son, Randy Shenk and wife Kelly (Krivsky) of Harrisonburg; a daughter, Carmen Shenk and husband Xaver Wilhelmy of Staunton; two brothers, William B. Wenger of Newport News and Robert D. Wenger and wife Orpha (Rohrer); a sister, Evelyn (Wenger) Kratz and husband Paul; two grandsons and a step-granddaughter.
Memorial services were held at Weavers Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Memorial contributions may be directed to Weavers Mennonite Church Building Fund, Virginia Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Disaster Service or Mennonite Central Committee.