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Wanda Exline, longtime civic leader, dies at 84

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Fu­ner­al ser­vices are planned for Wanda Ex­line, the long­time pres­id­ent of the Dun­gan Civic As­so­ci­ation, who died last week at age 84.

Ex­line died March 22 in sur­gery at Naz­areth Hos­pit­al. She was rushed there with a rup­tured an­eurysm in the aorta.

A view­ing will take place Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Burns Fu­ner­al Home, at 9708 Frank­ford Ave. The view­ing will con­tin­ue Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Re­sur­rec­tion of Our Lord Church, at Castor and Shelmire av­en­ues, fol­lowed by a fu­ner­al Mass at 11.

In­ter­ment will be at Holy Sep­ulchre Cemetery.

The former Wanda E. Piekuto­ski was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band Don. She is sur­vived by four chil­dren: Donna Wick­er (Bill), Dav­id (Sandy), El­len Mar­ca­kis (Tom) and Joanne Nut­ter.

She was the Mom-Mom to Jam­ie Anne, Joey, Jean­nie, Thomas W., Di­ane, Dillon, Kev­in, Dav­id Jr., Sammy, Jen­nifer, Zachary and Adam and great-grand­moth­er to Sophia, Thomas, Nikolas, Wes­ley and Hay­den.

She is also sur­vived by her sis­ter Elean­or Kennedy (Joseph) and many nieces and neph­ews.

Ex­line was in­volved in Girls Scouts and Town Watch, and was a long­time 56th Ward Demo­crat­ic com­mit­tee­wo­man and cam­paign man­ager for state Rep. Ros­ita Young­blood. She be­came first vice pres­id­ent of Dun­gan Civic As­so­ci­ation in 1998 and as­cen­ded to the pres­id­ency in 2001. She served un­til her death.

Ex­line, an Al­gon Av­en­ue res­id­ent, took an act­ive role in try­ing to pre­vent Burholme Park from be­ing leased to Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter.

In her own spunky way, she fought to pre­serve and im­prove the neigh­bor­hood on is­sues such as hous­ing and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment.

“My mom was a very busi­ness-ori­ented per­son. She was in so many ne­go­ti­ations. She was dir­ect and straight to the point,” said her daugh­ter Joanne.

Joanne said her mom liked to travel and spend a couple of months a year in Flor­ida, where her son lives.

“She was old-fash­ioned,” her daugh­ter said. “She was a very good-hearted per­son and a very gen­er­ous per­son. She was a good lady to know.”

Ex­line and City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.) had a friendly dis­agree­ment over the can­cer cen­ter ex­pan­sion is­sue, and later worked to­geth­er for park im­prove­ment.

O’Neill ad­mired Ex­line’s tough­ness, not­ing that a de­veloper once sued her when the civic as­so­ci­ation re­jec­ted his build­ing plans.

“She was a de­light to work with,” he said. “She was a ball of fire. She was out front. She was a good per­son. We’ll miss her.”  ••

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