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Emma Margaret (Wunsch) Fetzer

Obituary for Emma Margaret (Wunsch) Fetzer

April 2, 2017
Hatboro, Pennsylvania


Emma Margaret (Wunsch) Fetzer, 96, of Hatboro, PA, passed away on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017. Emma was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Wunsch and beloved wife of the late William E. Fetzer. Emma is survived by her children, William Fetzer (Valeria) and Richard Fetzer. She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren, Jonathan Fetzer, Garin Brickner (Deborah ), Kirsten Schubick (Jay), Kevin Brickner, and Larry Brickner (Maria) and her 6 great grandchildren.

Emma was born in Millville, NJ. She was raised in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. Emma graduated from Olney High School. Emma was married to her childhood sweetheart for 54 years. They were married in Burbank California while her husband was stationed there in the army during WWII. Her husband received a three day pass from the army for their honeymoon so they honeymooned close by in Los Angeles. During the time that they lived in California, Emma worked in Long Beach California at the McDonald Douglas Corporation.

After WWII ended, Emma and her husband returned to Philadelphia and they purchased a beautiful newly built suburban home in Cheltenham Pennsylvania. After that Emma gave birth to her first son, William, and then a few years later to her second son, Richard. Emma enjoyed being a devoted mother and wife. Emma was an active parent at her children's schools. Emma was president of the PTA at her children's schools. She was also the chairperson of the school's annual spring fair which took place as a fundraiser for the school.

When her children entered junior high school, Emma re-entered the business world. Emma worked at an insurance agency in Media, Delaware County for several years. Then Emma found a job much closer to her home. Emma worked in the Public Relations Office of the Cheltenham Township School District at the Administration Center. Emma created press releases for the entire school district and published a school district newspaper that was delivered to all residents of the township. This was Emma's dream job. She loved children and she loved people in general. At this job, Emma got to interact with teachers and parents throughout the school district and the local news media. Emma retired from the school district after working there for 20 years.

Emma and her husband moved into the newly built Gloria Dei Farms Retirement Community in Hatboro, Pennsylvania in 1991 where she has joyfully lived for the past 26 years. Emma loved living in the Gloria Dei Farms Community. Emma was an active and deeply involved resident of the Gloria Dei Farms retirement community. At the Gloria Dei Farms Community, Emma was an ongoing volunteer at the front reception desk and a volunteer in the community store and coffee shop. Emma also volunteered her time on the Gloria Dei Farms Executive Committee as a special events coordinator and as the Friday night movie coordinator. Back in 1991 at Gloria Dei Farms, Emma volunteered her time by starting the first Saturday night game nights and she started the first community wide pot luck meals to celebrate holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Emma was confirmed at Providence Methodist Church in Kensington in Philadelphia. Emma was a long time member of Cheltenham United Methodist Church before joining Fox Chase United Methodist Church in 2008. Emma was active in United Methodist Women's Groups.

Emma was a member of an AARP senior social group and a member of the 50 Plusers senior social group and a member of the Hatboro Community Church senior social group. Emma enjoyed and looked forward to monthly social meetings with all of these groups. Emma and her husband went on many trips with these groups. Emma also enjoyed many day trips by chartered bus with her friends to the Atlantic City Casinos.

Emma enjoyed life. She always greeted people with a friendly smile and a warm and loving hello. She loved playing the card game pinochle. Emma loved to eat. She loved to watch TV, especially the Hallmark Channel movies and the Golden Girls sitcom and Family Feud. Emma loved to travel. Emma traveled to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, islands in the Caribbean, England, Spain, Greece and throughout the US. Emma went on cruise ships in Alaska, the Caribbean and down the Mississippi river. Emma traveled frequently to California to spend time with her sons who lived there.

Family and friends are invited to Emma's funeral service on Saturday, April 8th, at 11AM at the Craft/Givnish funeral home, 1801 Old York Road, Abington, PA, 19001, followed by interment at Hillside Cemetery, 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA, 19001.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Emma's memory may be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19111. (

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