Wendy Schagen Klag, a volunteer and devoted parent admired for her gentle way with children, died of a seizure disorder Wednesday while on vacation with her family aboard a cruise ship near the Galapagos Islands. She was 54 and lived in Parkville.
Wendy Jane Schagen was born in Paterson, N.J., and raised in nearby Glen Rock. She graduated from Juniata College in Huntington, Pa., where she studied sociology and education and met her future husband, Michael J. Klag. The two married in 1975.
Mrs. Klag nearly died of blood loss during the birth of her first child in 1982. She recovered and subsequently had two other children.
In 1984, the family moved to Baltimore, where Mrs. Klag's husband was a medical fellow and a master's student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Klag is now the dean of the school.
Mrs. Klag was an active volunteer in several local elementary and middle schools. She also baby-sat at the Parkville Recreation Council.
Mrs. Klag was a voracious reader and a fan of the Orioles and the Ravens.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Julia Klag of Philadelphia and Stephen Klag and Sarah Klag, both of Parkville; her father, Albert W. Schagen of Glen Rock; and two brothers, Donald Schagen of Newport, N.H., and Kurt Schagen of Lee, Mass.