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Rest in peace Lisa Wenzel... you will be missed by us all.

Rest in peace Lisa Wenzel you will be missed by us all
Lisa Louise Wenzel, mother, daughter, sister, singer, actor, musician, philosopher, organizer of numerous folk music coffee houses, events and festivals (see the New York Times Westchester edition May 22, 2005) passed away at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, NY in the early hours of June 9, 2014, with family by her side.  Born in Lowville, NY on the last day of 1954, Lisa was raised in Harvard, MA, moved to Boston as a young woman, where she studied at Berklee College of Music, and then relocated to New York in 1991 to start a family.  Lisa is survived by her son Ian McNally, her mother Bette Wenzel, her brother and sister in law David and Janice and their sons Brendan and Christopher, and her brothers Greg and Bob.  She was a beacon to her many friends and family, and will be sorely missed.  

Many who knew Lisa will recognize her tender and hopeful outlook in her song "In a Moment":

All the times I've said tomorrow
Are upon me now today
I can't beg or steal or borrow
All the times that I've waited and lost in yesterday
From the road where I was going
How the hell did I get here?
Perhaps by never really knowing
The heart closed in a moment can close for many years
And I'm turning, and I'm trembling, and I'm wishing, and I'm begging
Receiving, I'm knowing, I'm burning, I'm breaking...
Every breath connects me to, I'm turning, turning
Wheels of old, wings of new, I'm turning to you

Lisa's family invites her friends to help remember and celebrate her life in a memorial mass with song to be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 296 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY  10560 at 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 22.  See for directions.

In accordance with Lisa's wishes, the mass will be followed immediately afterward by a potluck of song and music at The Barn in the Goldens Bridge Lake Colony ( on Hall Avenue, not far from the church.  Driving maps will be provided at the church service, and we will try to caravan.

Contact Chris McNally at if you wish to contribute to the potluck of song and/or music, or need help.

For those wishing to make a donation of any size in Lisa's name, Ian McNally respectfully requests that you contact one of these 2 worthy institutions:

The Hippocrates Institute  
contact Carole Bianco who will let you know when their site is ready to receive donations on line,
or mail checks to Hippocrates Health Institute Scholarship Funds
1466 Hippocrates Way
West Palm Beach, FL  33411

- OR -

The Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center of Memorial Sloan Kettering.  You may contact Sloan Kettering's development office at 212-639-2000, or go on line to and select the option to "choose a program to support".  Then click on "other", and then type in "Integrative Medicine".  

updated: 8 years ago