June 18, 1947 - February 20, 2021
Wendy Karin LaTour Morone, born June 18, 1947, left us February 20, 2021 after an illness. Wendy’s Father, Robert LaTour, died in 2008. Her Mother, Barbara LaTour, Wendy’s husband, Ira Goldberg, brother Todd, children Barry, Amy, Hunter, Brooke, and Kate, daughter by marriage, grandchildren Gabe, Morgan, Sophia, Hunter, Orion, Bella, Choya, Rose, Sylas, and Hazel are in mourning with hundreds of close friends, family members, colleagues and students. Wendy grew up in Cincinnati, graduated from Walnut Hills High School, earned a BS at University of Cincinnati in Elementary Education, MA’s at Notre Dame of Maryland in School Administration and Library Media, and a BA at University of the South in Theology and Religious Studies. In younger years, she served the Cincinnati Zoo, raising Bengoo, the Bengals’ football team mascot tiger. At 16, she joined Freedom Riders to register voters. Her father called her “defender of the underdog.” She marched in many Washington, DC protests against poverty, racism, and for womens’ and LGBTQ rights. Wendy and Chris supported the homeless and struggling students and their families. She was married to the late Barry Wakeman, the late Christopher Morone for 35 years, and Ira Goldberg of Louisville, in 2018. Wendy taught in Cincinnati schools, chaired the Glastonbury, Connecticut school board, and worked at the Glastonbury Audubon Center. Wendy expanded her vegetable garden yearly and was a true nature lover. Relocating their family to Baltimore, Wendy resumed teaching and was school librarian in its public schools, retiring after 25 years. She won multiple Teacher of the Year awards including the Maryland Teacher of the Year. She was called on to speak often as an expert on helping disadvantaged children learn. Wendy was widely respected and loved. She cherished family members on two continents, America and Australia, Chris’s homeland. A spiritual woman, she was also an ordained Episcopal Priest, prayed quietly for others, and sought counsel at a Maryland Monastery. Talented, brilliant, sensitive, and adored, she will be remembered and deeply loved forever. As spoken by a dear relative, “Wendy...You are so loved. You are a smart, loving, fierce, doting and beautiful wife, mother, grandma, friend, and teacher. So blessed to call you family. You spun a marvelous web of love connecting us to each other.” Practicing her vocation of love and gratitude, one year ago Wendy wrote, “I start each day with a grateful heart. I think of something each day that I am grateful for, often family and friends...”. An Endowment will be created at Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45207 for future teachers’ college financial support. Gifts may go to the Wendy K. LaTour Morone Education Fund. Funeral will be private.
Wendy Karin LaTour Morone, born June 18, 1947, left us February 20, 2021 after an illness. Wendy’s Father, Robert LaTour, died in 2008. Her Mother, Barbara LaTour, Wendy’s husband, Ira Goldberg, brother Todd, children Barry, Amy,... View Obituary & Service Information
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