This memorial website was created in memory of our loved wife, mother, sister, friend and colleague, Wencke Du Plessis . Whether in her academic, sporting or personal life, Wencke achieved at the highest levels, and was truly an inspiration to many. We will remember her forever.

The memorial service for Wencke was held in Berlin on Tuesday AUGUST 25 at 11:00. Thanks for all the support from family and friends during the past months, it has been encouraging and helped us to focus on our blessings.

Wencke was also a keen supporter of charitable causes, and some have asked if they could donate as a way to remember her. We know Wencke would have appreciated any charitable donation. An example is the Overseas Disability Charity, CBM, who tackle poverty, prevent blindness, improve health and change the lives of disabled people in some of the in the poorest places of the world. Donations can be made through their website If you donate to any charity for Wencke, please do let us know – thank you.
Posted by Dirk Wagner on December 31, 2020
Posted by Dirk Wagner on December 24, 2020
Thinking about you...
Missing you.....
Posted by Albert Du Plessis on October 28, 2020
In memory of Wencke

Message by Pastor Brandon Grace
Posted by Regina Kobilke on October 21, 2020
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Posted by Lore Marhodt on October 21, 2020
Albert, I am shocked!
Have send birthday greetings to Wencke and found this side!
Can‘t believe it!
What has hapend?
Warmest greetings
Posted by Dirk Wagner on October 21, 2020
Tage wie dieser,

an Dich zu denken, und Dich nicht mehr erreichen zu können...... Dir nicht mehr gratulieren zu können,..

das schmerzt......
Posted by Neeta Chandiramani Surlak on August 24, 2020
Mrs. Wenke is a caring person, whose kindness should not be forgotten. She was an incredible mother who raised two equally kind children, We could all stand to learn from her optimistic attitude and spirit of adventure. -Josh S.

Mrs. Wenke, you were a terrific mother that managed to raise two amazing kids. You are such a outgoing and charismatic person who always strived to bring everyone a smile. Also, you achieved so much in your personal life and stopped at nothing to be the best person you can be. May you memory live on through the ones blessed enough to know you.- Kaniel
Posted by Susanne Stieger-Vanegas on July 10, 2020
Dear Albert, Abigail and Vincent,
I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news about Wencke. Whenever I think about Wencke a smile comes to my face. She had always so much energy and ideas to do things differently and exhibited so much positiveness. Wencke, I will deeply miss seeing you and laughing with you. Albert and kids, I send you lots of strength in these difficult times. Susanne
Posted by Sara Kaufman on July 3, 2020
We are so saddened by this news. During our time in St. Kitts, I remember Wencke always bringing so much warmth to our interactions, and her smile was infectious. Albert and family - we send you love and wish you peace during this time. - Sara and Zach
Posted by Albert Du Plessis on July 1, 2020
I am so sad and shocked to hear this news.  I met Wencke at many conferences and we chatted and laughed together.  I have many fond memories of her. I send my deepest condolences to her family at this very sad time. You are in my thoughts, Victoria Johnson x
Posted by Maya P on June 30, 2020
Wird ein Mensch mitten aus dem Leben gerissen, ist es schwer für alle Angehörigen, Freunde, Bekannte. Es stellt sich unweigerlich die Frage nach dem Warum. Niemand kann die Frage beantworten, warum es Wencke nicht beschieden war mit Albert und ihren Kindern alt zu werden. Auch wenn der Schmerz zur Zeit überwiegt, so sollte man dankbar sein, über die Zeit, die man mit ihr verbringen durfte. Ich hatte damals mit Wencke und Albert eine schöne Zeit in Südafrika. Für mich war das ruhige Silvester ohne Knallerei eine ganze neue Erfahrung und auch die schöne Wanderung, die wir zusammen gemacht haben. Ich habe Wencke als einen glücklicher positiven Menschen kennengelernt. Für alle, die sie vermissen, mag es ein Trost sein, dass sie ihr Leben so gelebt hat wie sie es wollte. Ich wünsche Albert, ihren Kindern und ihren Familienangehörigen die Kraft den schweren Verlust zu verarbeiten und sich an die tollen Momente zu erinnern, die sie zusammen erlebt haben.
Posted by Cobus Olivier on June 29, 2020
Liewe Albert, Abigail en Vincent. My hart gaan uit na julle. Ek vertrou dat julle die liewe Vader se troos sal ervaar. Ons harte is saam met julle sin seer. Liefde tannie Alma Olivier
Posted by Regina Kobilke on June 22, 2020

Liebe Krümel,

was Dich immer wesentlich ausgezeichnet hat, bringen diese Worte ganz wunderbar zum Ausdruck:

"Das habe ich noch nie vorher versucht, also bin ich völlig sicher, dass ich es schaffe."
Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Langstrumpf)

Ich bin dankbar für unsere Freundschaft und glücklich über die vielen schönen und bunten Erlebnisse mit Dir, die mir nun als Erinnerungen bleiben werden.

Traurige Grüße von
Streusel Regina

Posted by Robert KIRBERGER on June 20, 2020
Dear Albert and children
May all the lovely memories you have made together over the years give you strength for the years ahead.
You are in our thoughts and we hope you will find peace as you go forward.
Robert & Melinda
South Africa
Posted by Daniela Borkowski on June 19, 2020
"We didn't realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun"
Winnie the Pooh

Die Erinnerungen an Wencke und die gemeinsamen Zeiten werden immer in meinen Gedanken bleiben


Posted by Dirk Wagner on June 19, 2020
Posted by AntjeHorst Kosmann on June 16, 2020
Wir kannten Wencke seit 1990 und freuten uns über jedes Treffen. Leider wurden diese selten, als sie aus Berlin in die weite Welt zog. Wencke war ein sehr gern gesehener Gast und über die vielen Jahre immer eine gute Freundin, mit der wir viel lachten und immer interessante Stunden verlebten. Wir vermissen sie sehr. Sie wird in unseren Gedanken bleiben. Albert, Abigail und Vincent, Ihr seid bei uns immer willkommen und wir wünschen euch viel Kraft.
Antje, Horst mit Anna, Christina und Theresa.

Das schönste Geschenk ist gemeinsame Zeit. Denn keiner weiß, wie viel uns davon bleibt.

We knew Wencke since 1990 and were happy about every meeting. Unfortunately, these became rare when she moved from Berlin to the wide world. Wencke was a very welcome guest and over the many years always a good friend, with whom we laughed a lot and always spent interesting hours. We miss her very much. She will remain in our minds. Albert, Abigail and Vincent, you are always welcome with us and we wish you much strength.
Antje, Horst mit Anna, Christina und Theresa.

The most beautiful gift is time together. Because no one knows how much of it remains for us.
Posted by Laurie Roberson on June 15, 2020
Albert, Abigail and Vincent, our hearts go out to you.

Kindness and care for other people radiated from Wencke. She helped me with Christmas ornaments in Children’s Church and what a blessing to have Abigail and Vincent on Sundays at Caribbean Christian Fellowship. She was an outstanding mother.

Wencke invited me over for dinner when Jerry had to suddenly leave the island as his father fell gravely ill and I was alone. What a time to feel the comfort of the du Plessis family and your friendship. She cared.

Her love for Albert was so evident as I watched her cross the finish line holding his hand in the St. Christopher’s Children’s Home Race. How many wives can keep up with their husbands in a race? She was strong.

Having dinner with the Grayson’s, the Riddle’s and your family before we left the island is a special memory. Your family is loved.

Praying for your family,
Jerry and Laurie
Posted by Linda Shell on June 15, 2020
Albert, Abigail, Vincent, and all the people that Wencke touched:
May all the beautiful memories of Wencke warm your hearts, ease your pains, and bring peace, now and through the days and years ahead.

“What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, star-dust or sea-foam, flower or winged air.” —Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Posted by Cobus Olivier on June 15, 2020
Wencke’s friendly excitement (either in real life or over the phone etc.) made one feel truly welcome in her presence. Her kindness surfaced in all aspects of her life I knew her in. I remember the visits, the fellowship and the laughs which started on the “plot” near “Wonderboom” and later at “Harties”. After all the years you will always keep on being part of our lives through all that you invested in us. All our love Cobus, Willemien, Ockert and Christiaan.
Posted by Cornelia Sieg on June 15, 2020
"Freundschaft überspannt Raum und Zeit"

Connie, Thomas, Antonia und Matthias
Posted by Michelle Barrows on June 14, 2020
I first met Wencke in 1995 when we were both vet students spending some time at the vet school in Paris and I saw her for the last time when she came to visit for a couple of weeks in 2019. In almost 25 years she had hardly changed - her huge smile and boundless enthusiasm seemed the same, along with a determination to make the most of every opportunity. As students we had bonded over an interest in zoological medicine and after our time in Paris had ended, I always looked forward to her letters telling me about her travels and work experience – a highlight was seeing practice at Calgary Zoo which she had enjoyed so much that I immediately applied to go there myself. Fast forward a few years, by which time we had both qualified and by a lucky coincidence we bumped into each other at Ondestepoort where I had taken a bear from Jo’burg Zoo for spinal radiographs. We reconnected and with our children almost exactly the same age, our families enjoyed many wonderful moments together at Wencke and Albert’s beautiful house in Hartbeespoort, at the zoo or on trips to Pilanesburg or Mabula. Although by then a specialist in diagnostic imaging, Wencke’s passion for zoo medicine meant she was always happy to help us out by imaging cases at the zoo or collaborating on research projects. I only saw her a few times after we both left South Africa in 2010, however we kept in touch by email and I’m so grateful that she was able to visit last year. We spent the evenings catching up and reminiscing – she was so proud of Abigail and Vincent and excited about her new job in Calgary and especially the thought of helping out with some imaging at the zoo. Wencke was an incredible person - so full of life, so accomplished in so many ways. She flew high and she enriched the lives of all around her – her passing is a huge loss to everyone that loved her. We will never forget her. Sending our love and thoughts to Albert, Abigail and Vincent.

Michelle, Dave, Molly and Sam
Posted by Gerhard Theunissen on June 13, 2020
So many wonderful memories. Too many to name. Wencke, we will miss you and always love you. So sorry for your loss Albert, children and the Wagner family. Love to you all.
Posted by Albert Du Plessis on June 13, 2020
Albert my brother I am very sorry for your loss. May your lovely wife and my former colleague, Wenke, Rest In Peace. I pray that you, the kids and your family receive comfort during this difficult time. You are not alone my brother. We may be thousand of kilometers in distance but close to you in what you are going through. Take care and keep strong. Fortune Sithole
Posted by Andrew Knight on June 13, 2020
Wencke was kind. She was the among the first colleagues to really welcome me when I arrived at Ross, and provided supportive camaraderie throughout my time there, which was most appreciated. She achieved at the highest levels academically, and in her profession – she was dedicated to helping animals, and her students. She was unbelievably strong – completing a full iron man event, when all I could manage was a half marathon. She was brave, casually letting me know (as we were about to swim 4 km from Nevis to St Kitts, during the annual inter-island race) that the previous year she saw a 12 foot hammerhead on the crossing (…!), and accompanying my merry band of crazy friends and I along the most extreme knife-edged ridge on the British mainland, as part of my wedding festivities in 2019. Wencke was not only kind; she was definitely one of a kind. It’s very rare to find anyone with such a mix of strength, self-discipline, fearlessness, high achievement, and also kindness. Wencke will indeed be sorely missed. But she will never be forgotten. There is no doubt that the memories of Wencke will continue to inspire us, for years and decades to come.
Posted by Jasmijn De Boo on June 13, 2020
Wencke was always busy, highly productive and active, fun and adventurous. She was inspiring, super strong and caring, and dedicated to education. I only met her a few times, unfortunately.

We loved having her at our special wedding (see Andrew's note) last July. It was so impressive that she climbed Crib Cogh in gale force conditions with Andrew (in full wedding clothes and dancing shoes) and four other men. (My group took an easier route up Mt Snowdon in the mist and very strong wind.) Wencke loved it.

We are thinking of those whose hearts she touched. Our thoughts are particularly with Albert, Abigail, Vincent and close family and friends.

May Wencke forever continue to inspire people to have fun, achieve, excel and learn. Much love, Jasmijn
Posted by Ajadi Rasheed on June 13, 2020
It is with deep sorrow learning that Wencke is no more. I met her at the University of Pretoria during my visit to the department as a IVRA delegate. I learnt so much from from Wencke and Tim Spotswood. Wencke is so brilliant, charming and loving. She is full of energy and enthusiasm. Her passion for diagnostic imaging is incomparable. I can only pray that the Lord comfort the family she left behind and her soul rest in peace
Posted by Julie Hunt on June 12, 2020
Wencke was a dear friend, colleague, swimming buddy, and fellow international traveler. I'll remember her for her die-hard adventuresome spirit, quick humor and big smile, and desire to always do things right, whether in her personal or professional life. Well, that and how she always made me swim on the outside so I'd get eaten by a shark while she could swim to safety...

To Albert, Abigail, and Vincent, my deepest condolences. I love you, and I can only imagine how much you miss her, because I know how much I do.
Many hugs and prayers for each of you,
Julie and Clara Williamson
Posted by Maria Gatti-Grant on June 12, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family for their loss of Dr. du Plessis. She left us far too soon and I hope her memories are a source of strength and comfort during this time and that she will forever be in our hearts.
Posted by Belle Nibblett on June 11, 2020
My dear friend who was so passionate about life and love. I will miss your strong opinions and ready smiles and laughter....and so much more. My love to Albert, Vincent and Abigail.
Posted by Albert Du Plessis on June 11, 2020
I met Dr. du Plessis at the Calgary Zoo during one of my fourth year veterinary school rotations. We were working with marmots together and having a beautiful day. She was so kind and gentle. She shared her knowledge gracefully. She spoke about her children with such pride. What a wonderful woman to learn from and spend time with. I wish her loved ones healing and the strength to navigate this difficult time.
Olivia Schmidtz
Posted by Ann Carstens on June 12, 2020
Wencke was a person who loved her family and God's beautiful creatures. She was passionate about the outdoors, her work and teaching, and inspired many a young veterinarian in her love for diagnostic imaging. Albert, Abigail, Vincent - we pray you and the rest of the family receive God's comfort and peace in this time - Ann and John
Posted by Rosina Krecek on June 11, 2020
We are deeply saddened by the news of Wencke's passing. We wish you strength and resolve and hold you close and deep in our hearts.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Tammi and Eddy
Posted by Gilda Rawlins-Vaughan on June 11, 2020
I have known Dr. Wencke du Plessis since she came to Ross University in 2010. I have learnt so much from her in terms of diagnostic imaging. She was always very enthusiastic and passionate about ultrasound especially when dealing with exotic animals. I offer my condolences to Albert, Abigail and Vincent and may God grant you peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

Gilda Rawlins-Vaughan
Posted by Fran Pope on June 11, 2020
I snorkeled with Wenke and loved her ebullient joy of seeing the ocean creatures. Her eyes would twinkle in her mask and her lips would smile around her snorkel. As she would go by my home on the way to her many many runs, she would always smile that big smile and wave. She loved her family so much. My heart goes out to Albert, Abigail and Vincent.. So many people sending them loving energy right now. I hope they can feel it.
Posted by Chengming Wang on June 11, 2020
We are soooo sorry to hear the sad news. Wencke was a wonderful professor and an amazing person. Working at RUSVM 2010-2012, we got to know Wencke, Albert, and their beautiful kids; We did hiking together, and we had parties together. We will miss you!
Posted by Robin Farrell on June 11, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Wencke’s passing. She was a wonderful person, full of positive energy. I will remember her for her strength love of the outdoors and most of all her dedication to her family. I was so fortunate to get to know her in St Kitts.
Wencke was an amazing mom which is reflected in her two beautiful children but she also had an amazing career in veterinary education and made a difference in the lives of thousands of veterinary students. 

Abigale and Vincent you were the centre of her world. No matter how busy she was she always prioritised time to make beautiful memories with you and your dad. My thoughts are with you, Vincent Abigale and Albert. With love Robin
Posted by Sue Gardner on June 11, 2020
Wencke - my German daughter who came into my life in the 1980s when she joined the family for a year as an exchange student. She quickly fitted into th family. We hiked, biked, skied, and taught her to birdwatch.
She came determined to make the most of her year in the USA. Typical Wencke - she absorbed completely all of the experiences that year. She was a great student and was approached by numerous colleges with offers of scholarships but she wanted to go back home for more education.
We have been in touch over the years and visited with one another whenever  possible. I have come to know her husband and children and enjoyed the time spent with all of them.
I loved and admired the woman she became and her passing will leave a deep hole in my life. I will love her always.
Her American mother, Sue
Posted by Cathy Gardner on June 11, 2020
Albert, Abigail and Vincent, our hearts are absolutely breaking for you.  The memories we have made with Wencke from the time she was an exchange student to the grown successful woman she became will live in our hearts always. It has been such a joy to see her growth throughout the years. An adventurous spirit, a loving wife and mother and someone I personally considered a friend. There are so many precious memories: She invited me to spend time with her at a conference cocktail hour here in Denver. We had the BEST time, talking and laughing like school girls. Lending us her car when we visited St Kitts with my grandhildren and parents so we could tour the island and then meeting and having dinner on the beach and rushing back to catch our cruise ship before it left without us. 
The visits she made here and our wonderful visits to St. Kitts were always so fun and joyous. We are heart broken. Albert, Abigail and Vincent, our love is with you - always.  And we are always here for you.  Steve and Cathy Gardner
Posted by SueEllen Thomas on June 11, 2020
Wencke (Wagner - that was how I met her back in the late 1980's) was my German sister, she was our German exchange student while I was in high school, in the United States (Colorado). I have no words as to how devastating this news is, she was a truly special person. We kept in touch over the years, visited each other and their families and made wonderful memories. My heart is with Albert and the kids during this time. Love always. 
Posted by Melissa Earp on June 11, 2020
I only knew Dr. du Plessis in the context of professor. She was always an engaging and genuine instructor. I am truly sorry for your lose. I'll keep your family and friends in my prayers.
A donation has been made to CBM in the spirit of Dr. du Plessis' kindness and generosity.
Posted by Dirk Wagner on June 11, 2020
" Träume sind dafür da, verwirklicht zu werden"

- Wencke -
Posted by Twila Schock on June 10, 2020
Dear friends and family of Wencke,

When I think of Wencke, her HUGE spirit, her love of nature, and the void you must know in this time, I remember a Jewish prayer that has become a part of my life:

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

God hold you close in this time. Peace to you: Wencke has joined "the great immensity" too soon, but please remember that you are not left alone. Fondly, Twila (Keith's friend who 'somehow' was blessed to be connected to your lives)

Posted by Esteban Soto on June 10, 2020
Some of our best memories in St Kitts were side to side with you and your family. We are very sorry to hear these news and send our condolences. Have great memories grilling in the beach, snorkeling in the reefs and making fun of John and Jason. Our deepest condolences to all of you.
Esteban, Tati, Dani, Luciana and Samuel
Posted by Albert Du Plessis on June 10, 2020
Our hearts are with you in this time of tragic loss. May you hold on to all the special memories of Wencke.

Claire Windeyer and Bruce Stover
Posted by Albert Du Plessis on June 10, 2020
It was a pleasure to know Wencke and see how her eyes would light up as we discussed imaging in zoo species. My heart goes out to Albert, Abigail, Vincent, and other family members and friends.  Her light was extinguished far too soon.  May your souls be comforted by the good memories of her incredible life.
With sincerest condolences,
Doug Whiteside
Posted by Albert Du Plessis on June 10, 2020
Wencke joined University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the summer of 2019. I got to know her during the interview process and her move to Calgary. Wencke was highly accomplished individual and we were so delighted that she chose to come to Calgary. Now, she is gone, too soon!

My thoughts, prayers and condolences to Albert, Vincent and Abigail and other members of Wencke's family and her friends.   Baljit Singh
Posted by Simon Kenyon on June 10, 2020
We remember Wencke with such fondness from our time together on St. Kitts. She was interested in everybody and so cheerful and supportive. The world has lost a lovely spirit. Our hearts go out to Albert, Vincent and Abigail.

Sue and Simon
Posted by Kim Haga on June 10, 2020
Wencke always had a smile and a kind word when we would see each other. There were days when I was ready to throw in the towel and she would just drive up to pick up the kids with a big smile and say something that would turn the whole day around. I don't know how she did it (or even if she realized she was doing it), but she would always have some word of encouragement that would motivate me to keep going. I often wished that I had her energy.

On the few occasions that our family was able to spend time with Wencke and Albert, Vincent and Abigail, it was very obvious that her family meant the world to her. She would light up when we talked about the kids and she was so proud of the kind and caring children she and Albert were raising. She was also an amazing artist! I doubt there was ever a time in her life that she didn't give her all to whatever she was working on. I wish there had been more opportunities for us to spend time with this wonderful family.

Albert, Abigail, Vincent, our prayers are with you during this very difficult time. You will forever be in our hearts.

Kim, Matt & Kylie
Posted by Mandy Dale on June 10, 2020
There are no words. This site is a beautiful tribute. May your memories give you comfort and may you find peace during this difficult time.
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