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Mildred D. Enderle, 90, first borough manager of Sharon Hill, formerly of Philadelphia and Sharon Hill, entered into perpetual rest on March 21, at the Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pa., after suffering a debilitating stroke.
Born on August 25, 1922 and raised in the mountains of Shamokin, Pa., she was a 1940 graduate of Shamokin High School where she was a member of the A Cappella Choir, Glee Club, Review yearbook staff and stage plays.
From Shamokin, in 1940, Mildred's family relocated to Philadelphia, where she headed the payroll department for 17 years at the Huffman-Wolfe Company, a large mechanical construction company in North Philadelphia headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with branches in PA, NY, and NJ. Her accounting skills were finely honed under the direction of Urquhart Ward, CPA, graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and while employed there, she met her late husband of 42 years, Joseph J. Enderle. While there, Mildred attended The Stenotype Institute of Philadelphia. After WWII, Huffman-Wolfe closed its branch office in Philadelphia due to other smaller companies competing in the market.
The Enderles moved to Sharon Hill in 1952 and in 1957, opportunity came knocking and Mildred was appointed to the position of borough secretary of Sharon Hill by U.S. Congressman William H. Milliken of Sharon Hill. She became borough treasurer as well in 1976 and by 1997 had worked with 12 mayors and some 48 council members. As her star continued to climb, Pennsylvania State Representative Ronald C. Raymond, of Sharon Hill, 162 Legislative District, appointed Mildred to the position of borough manager in 1981, a job that she cherished due to the scope of the business at hand.
During Mildred's tenure, the old Sharon Hill Police Radio room and station, prior to Delaware County's ""911"" system, was housed in the same borough building where Mrs. Enderle's offices were located. From 1957 to 1983 she worked consecutively with three chiefs of police, over 15 police radio operators and hundreds of policemen, as the radio room served the immediate five surrounding towns at that time. After Sharon Hill's new police station was built in the early 80's, Mildred continued her work with more police and another chief. Robert Enderle, her husband's uncle, was the chief of police of Glenolden Borough during the 1920s through 1930s, a time when the police rode horses, which were housed in stables on Chester Pike in Glenolden, still in evidence to this day.
Enderle retired as borough manager in 1990 due to health reasons but stayed on as a consultant for the borough and trained William C. Scott for the position of borough manager and continued to work until 2000 when a brain hemorrhage forced her into retirement.
Up to that time, Mrs. Enderle was an active member of the Board of Health, Leisure Hours Club, Holy Spirit Women's Club and was finance chairman for the Sharon Hill Library and treasurer of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Sharon Hill division. She also managed the Food Distribution Program for the Sharon Hill senior citizens in the 1970's and was a Republican committeewoman with the borough for eight years.
Mildred's passion was accounting and her favorite subject in school was Algebra. She called herself ""a coal cracker from the mountains of Shamokin,"" and never forgot her Pennsylvania ""upstate roots,"" always visiting her large family and friends there and in New York. She was a breast cancer survivor and in later years battled diabetes, a stroke, and a spinal ailment from a fall in 2007.
Enderle was multi-talented and was an avid daily reader of newspapers and thoroughly enjoyed playing her guitar. She had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed watching all of the Philadelphia pro sports teams. She was a faithful member of Holy Spirit Church in Sharon Hill for over 50 years and in 2004, relocated to Ridley Park from Villa St. Teresa, an assisted living facility in Delaware County, to live with her daughter, Joanne, and late son-in-law, James D. Jacobs, United States postmaster and heart transplant of 13 years.
One of Mrs. Enderle's later goals in life was living to see her only grandchild, Hilary Jacobs, graduate from college, which Hilary did in 2009 from Immaculata University in Frazer, Pa. with a B.A. degree in Communications, now working in the legal field.
Enderle lived by the adage ""Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."" According to her daughter, Joanne, Mildred was ""in all ways a lady and her compassion for people knew no end."" There was never a day that she did not like going to work or volunteering her time for the many organizations of the borough.
Mildred was the daughter of the late Thomas A. and Helen (Jashinski) Drill.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph J. Enderle who died in 1992 and her late brother, Vincent ""Bill"" C. Drill.
Survivors: her daughter Joanne Jacobs, granddaughter Hilary Jacobs, brother Edward T. Drill, sister Rita D. Grady and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service: Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Tuesday after 9:00 a.m. in the Church of The Holy Spirit, Sharon Hill, followed by her Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.
Interment: SS. Peter & Paul.
Contributions: Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, 1800 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19146 or Holy Spirit Church Memorial Fund, 1028 School St., Sharon Hill, PA 19079.
Published in Daily Times on Mar. 24, 2013
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