Renowned artist Wendy Bagdol Lewis Brodick of Otter Lake, Michigan died suddenly on March 30, 2018. Wendy was born June 25, 1962 in Royal Oak, Michigan to the late Robert Stanley Bagdol and Mary Crandall Bagdol.
She was a graduate of Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan. Shortly after graduation, she was fortunate to be mentored by wise artists in their eighties and nineties who all counseled her never to go to art school because they knew it would compromise her authenticity. To advance her artistic expression, Wendy taught herself welding and metallurgy.
For over 25 years, Wendy was an accomplished artist selected for juried art shows all across the state of Michigan. She blended her characteristic resourcefulness with a touch of whimsy in collecting found metal parts from used tools, farm equipment, car parts and other metal objects to weld beautiful sculptures that were sought after by discerning art collectors. She displayed her work at dozens of art shows each year. Wendy’s metal sculptures now grace hundreds of gardens across Michigan and beyond.
Wendy used the proceeds from her art work to fund her second lifelong passion, animal rescue. In her twenties, Wendy saved up her hard-earned savings to purchase a 19-acre farm in Millington, which she converted into an animal rescue shelter for dogs, cats, horses, goats, ducks and other animals. Wendy founded, raised funding for and operated The Animal Orphanage, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe and loving lifetime of care to animals that had been neglected, abandoned or abused. Wendy bravely marched into many dangerous neighborhoods throughout southeastern Michigan to leave food and shelters for strays, or bring them back to her farm. She held potential adopters to a rigorously high standard to ensure that the animals were consistently treated well.
Wendy’s generosity and compassion were not limited to the animals to which she was so fiercely devoted. For several years, Wendy was a devoted volunteer at the Thetford Township chapter of AA with her best friend, Dana. Together they procured, subsidized, prepared and served dinner on Thursday nights to members.
Wendy is survived by her husband Peter Brodick, Sr., who was a collaborator with Wendy on many of her welded art projects, and her sister, Chris Bagdol Denniston. Wendy was preceded in death by both of her parents and her brother, Peter Brendan Bagdol.
A celebration of her life will be held at noon on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Jansen Family Funeral Home located at 4705 Pine Street, Columbiaville, Michigan. Friends may visit with the family starting at 11:00 AM until the start of the service at noon. Cremation has already taken place.
Contributions in memory of Wendy may be made to her 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Animal Orphanage, c/o Chris Denniston, P.O. Box 644, Tiburon CA 94920-0644. The funds will be used exclusively to care for the animals that were in her loving care at the time of her passing.
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