6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
Sarah Coombs Wencel, 76, of Caldwell, Kansas, passed away on December 31, 2020, in Wichita, Kansas.
Sarah was born on April 30, 1944, to Dorth and Virginia Coombs of Wichita, Kansas. She grew up in the College Hill neighborhood and graduated from Wichita East High School in 1962. Sarah attended Emporia State University and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Sarah taught elementary students for 20 years and specialized in learning disabilities.
One night at the local restaurant in Caldwell, Sarah met Wayne Wencel. They married on November 6, 1987, and enjoyed 33 wonderful years together. Sarah was a good partner to Wayne and helped “run the lunch service” during harvest. They spent many happy days driving to Florida and vacationing there. Wayne and Sarah took a memorable fishing trip to Ketchikan, Alaska, and spent several days and nights on the boat.
Known to her grandchildren as Grams, she regularly attended their activities and was willing to help out any way she could. Sarah had a great love for life and nearly everything in it. And she always had a smile.
Sarah cared about her Caldwell community. She was a dedicated member of the Sumner County Hospital District #1 Auxiliary and the local chapter of P.E.O. for many years. She also supported the Wichita Community Foundation.
Among many hobbies, Sarah belonged to the Caldwell Golf Club ladies association and traveled monthly to play at new courses. She planned many trips with friends, attended musicals and performances, and cheered for the Jayhawks at KU men’s basketball games. Sarah collected sea glass along the beach in Florida and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a great friend and always ready for a new adventure. Her dog, Sadie, was a close companion over the past several years and occasionally joined her for coffee with friends.
Sarah left a lasting impression on all of our lives through her love, humility, and encouragement.
Sarah was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bryan Barber; stepson, Robbie Wencel; and brother, William Coombs. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Wencel; daughter, Caroline Moore (Randy); stepdaughter, Tyann Orton (Kelly); stepdaughter in-law, Jan Wencel; grandchildren, Courtney Bernard (Cameron), Jackson Moore (Mady), Jessy Potts (Colter), Skyler Wencel (Alec), and Sam Wencel (Carli); and three great-grandchildren.
Following cremation, a private family service will be held.
Memorials may be made to the Sumner County Hospital District #1 general fund or construction fund and sent in care of the mortuary.