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Noel L. Wendt, engineer <br> Nov. 27, 1942 -- Dec. 23, 2006

Noel L. Wendt, an engineer and former North Tonawanda resident, died Saturday in his Rochester, Minn., home after a long illness. He was 64.

Born in North Tonawanda, Mr. Wendt graduated from Starpoint High School. He later earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo.

In the 1960s, Mr. Wendt was an engineer at General Motors in the Town of Tonawanda before working in the aerospace division at Bell Aerospace in Wheatfield in the early 1970s. He later worked as an engineer on NASA's Hovercraft in Texas and then on the Alaska Pipeline in Fairbanks and Anchorage. From 1998 until health problems in 2004, he was a consultant and computer analyst for FedEx in the Buffalo area and in Littlejohn, Colo.

In 2004, he moved to Minnesota.

Mr. Wendt was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda.

Surviving are his wife of 16 years, the former Kathie Martin; a stepson, John Panek; two stepdaughters, Erica Hanna and Leah Douglass; and three brothers, Roger, Jerry and Leon.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.

[D/WILLIAMS]

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