Wendy K. Don-Fallas
Wendy Kaye Don-Fallas, 55, of Quepos, Costa Rica, and Traverse City, entered this world on March 7, 1964 and departed Sept. 16, 2019 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
She was born under the sign of Pisces, water, which set the stage for her life for adventures on the sea. She received her captain's license at age of 23, sailed to the U.S., British Virgin Islands, Greater Antilles and ultimately her beloved Costa Rica. She and her former partner owned a charter fishing business aboard their boat "Caribsea."
Through the years she lost one love and found another, her husband, Jose, and they shared 20 years together. During that time they ran a successful vacation rental business, "Wild Orchid Estates." They had many wonderful years together.
Her talents were many, and she succeeded at everything she tried. Wendy held women's world records in fly sport fishing; she loved to tie her own flies. She loved her cats and dogs, was an avid gardener and was a quilter. She taught herself to speak Spanish and taught children in Costa Rica to speak English. Wendy loved helping others and was well loved.
Wendy is survived by her husband, Jose Fallas, of Quepos, Costa Rica, and his children, Antonio, Jose Jr. "JJ" and Andrea Núñez; mother, Barbara Don, of Traverse City; siblings, Kelly (Dean) Stuhlmueller, also of Traverse City, Derek (Jennifer) Don, of Essexville, and Stephen (Anne) Don, of Bethel, Maine; nieces and nephews, Jacqueline, Gretchen, Sean, Jacob, Joshua, Deano and Meghan; and aunts, uncles, cousins and many U.S. and Costa Rica friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Douglas Don Jr.; beloved aunt, "Tia" Nancy; and former partner, Harry Gray.
The family will greet friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at Life Story Funeral Home. A brief service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to share your thoughts with the family.
Published on October 8, 2019


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Darcy Abraham
Oct 12, 2019
Sweet Tranquility Basket was purchased for the family of Wendy K. Don-Fallas by Darcy Abraham.  Send flowers
Ann Powers
Oct 10, 2019
To Wendy’s family - I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my prayers. May God comfort you at this time. I will always remember her beautiful smile. Ann
Nancy Laubach (Schwenter)
Oct 09, 2019
Dear Barb,

Sending you love and strength to guide you through the next few days. I am so glad that I get to say "farewell for now" to my dear friend. You have been such a trooper through all of this and I'm so sorry for all of your pain and suffering. May Wendy's love always shine through and touch your heart when you need it the most. Sending you much love and hugs. I will see you on Sunday.
Barbara Don
Oct 08, 2019
Via Con Dios my Beautiful daughter😇