October 1, 1932 ~ November 24, 2021

Born in: Trenton, New Jersey
Resided in: Alexander, North Carolina

Arthur R. Wenczel, 89, of Alexander, NC, passed away in his home on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Born in Trenton, NJ, he was the husband of Carolyn (Rice) Wenczel of Alexander, NC, and the son of the late Stephen and Mary (Bernacka) Wenczel. He was preceded in death by a son, Evan; son-in-law, David Cook; four siblings: Chester, Thomas, Stephen, and Valeria Bielawski; and survived by a brother, Walter Wenczel, two sisters: Florence Kazior and Elizabeth O’Grady.

Art is remembered as being very kind, wise, and supportive. A give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back kind of guy. Being a compassionate and caring man, he was a former volunteer with Care Partners Hospice and was a faithful member of St. Eugene Catholic Church, Asheville.

Art graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University Law. After retiring from the law profession, he and Carol moved to Asheville, NC to own and operate The Wright Inn and Carriage House for 6 years until their second retirement in 2000.

Creating beauty through gardening and landscaping was his lifelong joy and passion.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by eight children: Carolyn Maruhnic and her husband Peter of Montville, ME, Michael Wenczel and his wife Evelyn Good of Princeton, NJ, Arthur Wenczel Jr. and his wife Tonjia of Asheville, NC, Lisa Lario and her husband Mark of Dayton, OH, Stephen Wenczel III, and his wife Stacey of Leverett, MA, Kristin Taulbee and her husband Larry of Alexander, NC, Andrew Wenczel of Alexander, NC, and Jennifer Moore and her husband Chris of Henniker, NH; and daughter-in-law Carmen Wenczel; 11 grandchildren: Jared, Kelsey, Devon, Chris, Julia, Ben, Eric, Kale, Stella, Samantha, and Alex; and 3 great-grandchildren: Evan, Petra and Sage (on the way).

A memorial mass will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church in Asheville. Friends will be received from 12:30 to 1:00 prior to the service. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Art’s memory may be made online to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at stjude.org/donate or to St. Eugene Catholic Church at steugene.org/onlinegiving.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

Services

For those who wish to pay their respects: December 1, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

St. Eugene's Catholic Church
72 Culvern Street
Asheville, NC 28804

828-252-3535

Memorial Service: December 1, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Eugene's Catholic Church
72 Culvern Street
Asheville, NC 28804

828-252-3535

Inurnment: November 27, 2021 2:15 pm

St. Eugene's Catholic Church
72 Culvern Street
Asheville, NC 28804

828-252-3535

Room: Columbarium

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  1. Dear Family of Art Wenczel,
    On behalf of the St. Eugene Bereavement Ministry, I would like to express my condolences for the loss of your loved one. Please know that our Ministry will be praying for your family during this time of sadness. Don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to help your family.
    Blessings,
    Ginny Raviotta
    St. Eugene Church Bereavement Ministry

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  2. What I know about you Mr. Wenczel is from your daughter Jennifer. She has spoken of you with such adoration. She has talked about your dedication to your wife, children and family. She has talked about your commitment to your garden. I imagine I see you in your daughter Jennifer. What I see is strength and character. I can only hope there are many gardens next door. Smooth passage Mr. Wenzel.

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  3. Dear Carol, God bless you and all the family in your mourning. Art was a wonderful Catholic man. Lots of wonderful memories. Babysitting the kids, they ate pistachios while watching tv before bed. I loved talking to you and Art. From all of the Meagher family to you and your family, May Our Lady of Guadalupe wrap you all in her mantle forever! Love and Prayers, Terry&The Meagher Family

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  4. Dear Carol, God bless you and your family in your mourning. I loved talking to you and Art. Good memories. Babysitting, the kids eating pistachios in front of the tv before bed. Art was a wonderful Catholic man. May Our Lady of Guadalupe wrap you and your family in her mantle forever! Love and Prayers, Terry & The Meagher family

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  5. What beautiful details to read about your fathers life. We send our condolences to Steve and Stacy and your entire family at this time of loss. God be with you all.

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  6. Such a dear gentle man. Art added much joy to the B & B life. Thank you Art for your friendship & beautiful family which I’ve been fortunate to meet most. I pray for peace and comfort during this time of mourning.

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  7. Keeping Jenn and all of Arthur’s family in my prayers. Reading about Arthur’s life and legacy was inspiring and heartwarming. Hoping that positive memories help all of you through this difficult time.

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