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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Wanda J. Hilferty
May 25, 1937 - September 16, 2020


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Wanda J. Hilferty (nee - Korona) of Wyncote, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Phoebe Wyncote.  She was 83 years old. Wanda was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Stanley Korona and the late Anna Korona (nee - Paluch).  She is the beloved wife of nearly 33 years of the late John J. Hilferty; mother of Marianne Dealy and her husband Miles and John M. Hilferty and his wife Kathleen; grandmother of Thomas and Michael Dealy and Shauna and Lia Hilferty.

Wanda was a 1955 graduate of Jules E. Mastbaum High School. She began working as a teenager at Horn & Hardart in Center City Philadelphia and continued working there full time after high school. She met a handful of friends at Horn & Hardart and Mastbaum that remained her friends for life. In the early 1960s, Wanda worked for Bond Bread in Philadelphia and then settled into her career as a Keypunching/Data Processing Supervisor with Abington Keypunch in Rockledge, PA in 1967 where she remained for the rest of her career. Wanda was a working mother who juggled the many tasks required of a wife and mother of two, which also included caring for her own mother since she was a teenager. Wanda retired in 1992 to happily help take care of her first grandchild, Tommy Dealy, as well as her aging mother, her mother-in-law and her husband’s uncle. Wanda was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter and caretaker. She always put others before herself.

A few years after her husband’s passing, Wanda had an opportunity to see a little bit of the world through traveling. She took two trips to Europe. The first was in 1995 where she toured and visited with her relatives in Poland. In 1999 she took a second trip with her cousin, Dorothy, where they toured Italy and visited with relatives in Poland.

In her later years, Wanda moved just a few miles from her home in the Burholme section of Philadelphia to Elkins Park, where she went to live with her daughter and her daughter’s family. Wanda was a longtime member of the Artisans Order of Mutual Protection and developed many meaningful friendships through the organization over the years. Wanda vacationed almost every summer for a week or two in the Wildwoods with her family. Wanda had many pastimes, including reading, attending the flower show and watching British mysteries and detective shows, but her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren.

Services for Wanda were held privately.

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