Prominent Rahway Architect Passes Away

Herman Wenson

RAHWAY — Herman Wenson, a prominent architect who lived in Rahway for many years and the father of city Councilwoman Jennifer Wenson-Maier, passed away Wednesday in the Columbia Montour Home Hospice at Maria Hall, Danville, Pa. He was 88.

Born in Queens, N.Y., Mr. Wenson lived in Long Island City, N.Y. and Rahway for many years before moving to Benton, Pa. in 1990.

He was self-employed as a professional engineer and registered architect for over 40 years before retiring in 1990. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Architects. He was a graduate of CCNY.

“Mr. Wenson was a prominent architect who literally changed the face of Rahway and this is a sad loss,” said James J. Devine, a local Democratic strategist and author. “His enduring legacy still contributes to the city’s prosperity and well-being through his children, among whom are Councilwoman Jenny Wenson-Maier and the Waiting Room owner Chris Wenson. Our hearts go out to the family.”

“I knew Herman Wenson personally and worked with him as well, so I know he was a true gentleman and professional,” said former Mayor James Kennedy. “His family has been a major part of our community both in government and business. They’ve been an integral part of our development and progress and this is a loss for our entire community.”

Mr. Wenson was a World War II US Army Veteran, serving in Company A 68th Armored Infantry. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Wenson, in 1952.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 58 years Jean (nee Kellner). He was the devoted father of nine children, Margaret, Erik, Joseph, Christopher, Jennifer, Robert, Michael, Paul and Marie, he was also loved by 14 grandchildren, Marc, John, Oliver, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Jessie, Dylan, Stewart, Stephen, Kimberly, Kevin, Kenneth and George.

Services will be held in the Crucifix Chapel of St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia on Saturday, Sept 24, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Visiting will be Friday 7-9 p.m. in the Pettit-Davis Funeral Home, 371 West Milton Avenue, Rahway. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Columbia Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave. Suite 200 Bloomsburg, PA 17815. For more information, visit

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