Robin Allison Wenzel, 61, of Mitchell, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2023, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska following a battle with cancer. Cremation will take place in accordance with her wishes and inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Robin’s obituary page viewable at www.reverencefuneralparlor.com.
Robin was born July 6, 1962, in Long Island, New York, to George Alvin and Beatrice Faye (Roberts) Wenzel. She was the first girl born to the Wenzel family in 54 years and the only girl out of four children. She lived the first twelve years of her life in Deer Park, Long Island and lived in New Mexico until she was fifteen. She then moved to California, New York and eventually back to Roswell, New Mexico, where she settled down to raise her three children.
Robin was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest daughter was in school and she went back to school herself. She loved to read and learn. Robin began work study at the ENMU-R library and began her college career. Her family always joked that she became a “professional college student”. She graduated with her associate and bachelor’s degrees majoring in English and Psychology. She was a wonderful writer and continued her education simply because she enjoyed school so much. Robin spent many years working at the International UFO Museum library and research center.
Robin had a huge heart and touched the lives of so many. She loved people and took in many of her children’s friends who she considered as her own. She had a passion for NA and AA outreach, sharing her testimony and being an ear for those who needed it most. She was very compassionate toward people trying to find a more fulfilling life free from addiction. She was an animal fanatic and would save every one if she could. Her dream was to one day own a cat rescue sanctuary.
Robin spent the last twelve years of her life in Mitchell, Nebraska, where she lived with the love of her life, Anthony “Tony” Katalinas and their fur-babies: Esme, Sam, Willow, Chuck and Fish. Throughout their relationship they enjoyed taking many trips, seeing places like Yellowstone, Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, Jimenez Falls and going to concerts. Robin was a rocker at heart. She could be seen daily enjoying videos of her favorite bands: Green Day, Matchbox 20, Blink 182 and Bowling for Soup. Music was therapy to her soul and brought her joy.
Robin was a warrior and spent most of her life as a fighter. She overcame many obstacles and her strength was still just as strong until the very end. She appreciated the little things in life and was so proud of her children and grandchildren. She called them “her gifts” and “reasons to survive”. She was an amazing soul, mother, Oma and overall woman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Beatrice; and oldest brother, George Alvin “Chip” Wenzel.
Survivors include her three children, Cara (Luke), Michaela, and Blayne (Rosanna); the love of her life, Tony; nine grandchildren; the father of her children, Dana Bennett; and the rest of her loving family and friends. She will be missed and remembered by every life she touched.