Wendy Jo Whitney

  • Born: December 22, 1954
  • Died: May 27, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wendy Jo (Goll) Whitney died May 27, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. She was the widow of John Whitney. They shared 34 years of marriage together.

Born on December 22, 1954 in Mason City, Iowa, she was the daughter of Calvin and Ruth Goll.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Garner VFW on Saturday, June 15, from 1:00 – 3:00.

Wendy enjoyed her work at the Forestry Department in Oregon, which suited her love of nature. When she moved to Wisconsin with her husband, she worked in the Engineering Department at Fort McCoy. She told us many stories of riding in a tank and accidentally driving through a firing range. She had a deep love of her country.

Wendy truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; she had an avid love for reading books. She was well known for her "stash" of dollar bills and always brought them out in little baggies for family contests.

Wendy is survived by her sisters Kristie Jackson and Cathy Stadtlander, and her brothers Steve (Janet) Goll, and Joel (Julie) Goll. Wendy is preceded in death by her husband, John Whitney, and her parents Calvin and Ruth Goll.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you give to a charity of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the family. I never saw Wendy without a smile on her face. I worked with Wendy at the Resource Management Office at Fort McCoy. She was truly a bright light in this world. Her joy, being with her other half, John, again, is our sorrow. She will be missed.

Posted by Kim Carlson - Prairie du Chien, WI - Coworker   June 10, 2019

I will miss you. I still have those sweet treat recipes. You are with your hubby now. You were always a joy to work with and brought laughter into the day! Farewell dear friend.

Posted by Rebecca Bieniek - Sparta, WI - Coworker   June 07, 2019

Did not that Wendy was in Ankeny. Have not been in touch since high school. The one and only time I ever got to stay overnight on a school night was with Wendy. It was a Tuesday night early spring. There was a blizzard that night and I was there for 3 days. No electricity! We played restaurant and played outside in the snow. The snow was up to the roof of their barn. Sympathy to the family.

Posted by Janet Olsen Meyne - Fort Dodge, IA - Classmate   June 06, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Wendy at Fort McCoy. She always had a smile on her face and never had a bad word about anyone. God has a Great Angel at his table. She will be missed.

Posted by Linda Marten - Tomah, WI - Coworker   June 05, 2019

I will always remember working with Wendy at Fort McCoy. She was a pleasure to know. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Mary Zink - Sparta, WI   June 05, 2019

Wendy was the sweetest lady. I worked with her for a time at Fort MCCOY right after John passed. Such a great person. She really loved nature. So sorry to hear of her passing! My condolences to the family.

Posted by Maureen Richardson - Sparta, WI - Coworker   June 05, 2019

Wendy was a gentle spirit and I will miss her and her friendship. Our long working relationship at Fort McCoy and the continued friendship were unmatched. To her family please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Wendy will be in my thoughts.

Posted by Madge Waege - Warrens, WI - Friend   June 05, 2019