Wendy Keryk Passes
Home Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, 10/24/2011 2:00:00 AM
NYACK, N.Y. - Funeral services were held last weekend for longtime home textiles industry veteran Wendy Keryk, who passed away Oct. 17 following a six-month battle with cancer.
For more than 35 years in the industry, Keryk 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. She left the business in the mid-2000s.
Along the way, she was 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 longtime friend and also a former industry executive, called Keryk "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.
The family has asked that any donations be made to: Hi-tor Animal Care Center Inc., 65 Fireman's Memorial Drive, Pomona NY, 10970.
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