Wendy Koehler, the light of our life, loving wife, mom, daughter, sister & dear friend to so many people, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family early Sunday morning, June 5.
Wendy was born June 4, 1969 in Salt Lake City, UT, to Timothy & Beverly Coburn. She graduated with honors from West High in 1987, attended Utah State University and received her Cosmetology license from The International Institute of Hair Design. Wendy met the love of her life, Dave in 1990 and six months later we were married. In August of 1994 she gave birth to our son David and in July of 1997 gave birth to our daughter, Heather. Our kids were her world, she loved them more than any mother could, they were her everything. She worked for Target starting in 1997 and retired from them 22 years later. Wendy always loved doing hair and had clients still to this day all the way back from 1991 when she first started her career in hair. After leaving target she moved to Entre Hair & Nails where she remained until her passing. Wendy loved her family so much, she would never miss a chance to go to a nieces or nephews program, family party or any type of family get together. If it involved family she was there.
Wendy touched so many lives, every where she went she would make friends, life long friends. Her passion (besides her children) was travel. Any chance we could, we would go. Starting with yearly Disneyland trips before our kids could even walk, taking Heather when she was only a few months old. She loved cruising and we traveled the world on cruises, with the Mediterranean being the highlight of our travels. We loved Italy and were lucky enough to go twice. Anywhere with sand, sun and the beach we were there, her favorite being Maui. You would never find Wendy in closed toed shoes, it was alway flip-flops, shorts and sunglasses on her head wherever she went. Unless there was 6" of snow on the ground she was in flip-flops year round. Along with travel I was able to talk her into getting involved with my hobby, old Hot Wheels. She thought I was crazy but we started attending Hot Wheel conventions about 6 years ago together and she absolutely fell in love with all the people she met. She made such an impression on everyone, she was unforgettable and one of a kind. She would get so excited to attend these events, looking so forward to seeing "Her Girls" once again. She was the life of the party!
Wendy would always say, "You can always make more money on Monday but memories will last forever", "Experience life to its fullest because you never know when it will be your last day". Wendy is going to be terribly missed by so many people that she touched. Once you met her you were her family. Heaven is lucky to receive such an incredible, beautiful angel.
Wendy is preceded in Death by her brother Mark Coburn, father in law, David Koehler Sr. along with her Grandparents.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS PLEASE DEPOSIT THAT MONEY INTO YOUR VACATION ACCOUNT & GO TRAVEL!
This is a celebration of Wendy's life. Please come in your favorite beach picnic attire. SHORTS, FLIP-FLOPS & SUNGLASSES are REQUIRED DRESS. No suits or ties allowed. Wendy would not want it any other way.
Services with be held Friday, June 10th @ Larkin Sunset Gardens
Viewing 11am-1pm followed by graveside services immediately after
Friends & family are invited to a luncheon afterwards at the home of Tim & Bev Coburn.
Wendy was a sweet and wonderful person. She was a friend to everyone. She would always talk with me when we saw each other at work. She would always be kind to my mom and myself. She would tell me about trips and special times. The love of being around friends and family every chance she had. Cherish all the memories and moments you have been able to share with her. This is something I am still a nd will always do with my own loved ones. This is something we can carry with us forever. It helps us feel that they are always close by. Helping us always even when we can not see hear there voice or give them a hug every moment. It helps me to know this with my own loved one. The ones still with us and those who are not anymore. My love goes out to all of you. She will be missed by all.
I just wanted to give my condolences to the Coburn and Koehler. I grew up with Kari and Wendy was the cool big sister! I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you all.
Wendy was a beautiful person and will be sorely missed by everyone.
When we look up at the sky we will see her smiling down on us.
Deepest condolences to the Koehler and Coburn family and friends.
Much Love ❤️ and prayers you Dave and family. We will always remember Wendy the Sunshine girl with her golden charm. 💛 Please take care, Jack and Cheri
Dave and family,
Our hearts are broken by the loss of Wendy.
No words can take away your pain and sadness.
Remember her laughter, uniqueness and incredible love for you.
Carry that in your heart forever.
With love, Evelyn and Bryan Doran
I have no words, none. I just saw you a few months ago so full of life… this is just not fair. Things that all of us in that “crowd” know it will never be the same without you. I will miss your antics, your wit, and sarcasm…
The world lost a very special lady, and very kind hearted person,. I called my good friend! She was an amazing mother. I always looked up to her, devoting all the time she did to the kids school from kindergarten all through high school. I great wife, she loved Dave so much..like to peas in the same pod. The worlds beaches will miss our friends foot steps. Sure love you Wendy!
We are so sorry to hear about Wendy. Please know our hearts go out to you and your family during your time of grief.
To Dave, Davey, and Heather,
I just learned of your mom's passing. I am totally heartbroken for you. She has been cutting my hair for over 28 years. You are her world. We would always talk about you and your successes, challenges, vacations, adventures and your lives in general. I would usually always know what the next trip was. I made my appointments when she was town. I will miss her dearly. I offer you a measure of comfort in knowing that you were the most important people in her life. This period of separation will be painful and long but you will have a joyful reunion one day. I offer my heartfelt condolence for you. Steve
Dave, what a beautiful obituary. You definitely summed up the essence of sweet Wendy Sue.
She loved her family to the moon and back. Wendy was so proud of her babies and all of their accomplishments. I got to watch them grow and become amazing adults.
Wendy did love to travel, and I am so glad. Her trips to Texas were legendary; we always got into trouble. Only to be topped off by our time in New Orleans.
My children are so sad that they can no longer razz Aunt Wendy Sue and get her famous bowl cuts and no more perms for me.
Matt is going to miss his Jr high friend and long time prank buddy. Those two really knew how to get each other going.
I love you Wendy. You are my best friend and I'm going to be lost without you.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of your wife Wendy.
So sorry to hear of your sudden loss. Heartfelt prayers sent to help ease the grief you feel. Remember the good times. With Love,. Judy Booher, a Leavitt cousin.
Howdy Yall, I Grew up With Wendy, Tammy and Mark, Such a Hreat Family, Soo Nice and Respectful to Everyone, Never a bad thing to say, Wendy was always Smiling, That smile will light up a Room, This is such a Tragedy, i am sending Heartfelt Prayers and Condolences To Her Family, I knew the Coburns Well, I am More then Positive that she was a great Mom and Wife, Inam Soo Soo sorry for Yalls Loss, Heaven Just Gained a Saint Of a Lady, God Bless All of you.
I feel very fortunate to have had Wendy as my friend. She touched the lives of all who knew her, she was such a bright light. My love and condolences are with her loving husband Dave and her children. 🙏 💐
Our family is so very sorry for your loss.
My deepest condolences to your family. I only met Wendy once, and that was on a cruise! She was a lovely fun loving person…I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. It’s always the people left behind that bear the burden. So sorry 😢
My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers…
I will miss my long time friend. We would joke about her being my niece not my niece but my niece. Wendy always gave me the best hugs and I love you. When Davey brought her over to meet us for the first time we instantly fell in love with her. She loved teasing my kids when they were younger and became thier friend when they grew into adulthood. I was lucky enough to be the babysitter to little Dave from 6 weeks until he was 4. Wendy loves her kids unconditional and Davey was her entire existence. She wasn't just family but you're best friend. Wendy i just have one question for you. Who's going to cut my hair now?