J.m. Wunderle, 79, Retired Head Of Candy Firm

Posted: October 25, 1998

J. Mackie Wunderle, 79, of Willow Grove, a retired candy company president who was active in the community, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, he was reared in Montgomery County, where he graduated in 1937 from Abington High School. In 1941, he earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and in 1943 earned a master's degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business.

During World War II, Mr. Wunderle served in the Navy for four years and was a lieutenant senior grade. He was stationed at the ammunition depot in the Hawaiian islands.

In 1947, he returned to Philadelphia and went to work in the family's business, Ph. Wunderle Candy Manufacturing Co., which was well known for its candy corn and jelly beans. He became president and served until his retirement in October 1989.

Mr. Wunderle was a resident of Willow Grove for many years and maintained a home in Hilton Head, S.C.

During the 1970s, he served as a director of the Philadelphia YMCA (North Branch). He was a Cub Scout master and Boy Scout leader at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Glenside.

Mr. Wunderle was an avid tennis player.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Maier Wunderle; his two sons, Dr. Joseph M. Jr. and James A.; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Helweg Funeral Service Inc., 463 Old York Rd. (Route 611), Jenkintown. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Susquehanna and Easton Roads, Roslyn, Montgomery County.

The family suggests contributions to Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Rd., Abington, Pa. 19001.

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