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DENNIS L. WAUSNOCK, 77, OF POTTSTOWN Dennis L. Wausnock, 77, of Pottstown, PA and fiance of Shirley Morey of Boyertown, PA passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Pottstown, PA he was the son of the late George H. and Margaret E. (McKinney) Wausnock. Dennis was a 1954 graduate of Pottstown High School and had attended Villanova University where he majored in economics. Dennis had worked as a data processor for Berman Trucking Co. of Pottstown. He later worked as a computer operations manager for American Olean Tile Co. of Lansdale, PA for 22 years until his retirement in 1991. Dennis was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of St. Aloysius R.C.C., 223 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA. He was an avid Eagles and Villanova University fan and had a great love of animals. Dennis started a town watch in the 3rd ward in the early 1980s. He was elected to Borough Council in 1990, defeating an incumbent, Charlie Barr. He was Council president in 1996 and 1997 and became vice president when George Stevens was elected president in 1998. He remained vice president under Jack Wolf through 2005. Dennis served many years on the Parks and Recreation Commission and helped prepare Pottstown's 1996 Open Space Plan which suggested a downtown park next to what is now Borough Hall. He was a member of Council during its successful 1992 campaign to persuade Montgomery County Commissioners to locate the west campus of the community college in Pottstown. The west campus opened in 1996. In 1994, Pottstown Council approved the Pottstown Center shopping where Wal-Mart is located. Dennis was a member of Pottstown Council when Riverfront Park opened in 1992, when Keystone Boulevard was completed in 2003, and when Riverfront Park was connected to the Schuylkill River Greenway extending to Douglassville in 2006. He was a member of Council when county grant money enabled Pottstown to purchase the former PECO maintenance building on College Drive, which subsequently became the Schuylkill River Greenway Association headquarters, which moved to Pottstown from Wyomissing in 2001. Later Pottstown gave the building to the Montgomery County Community College, where it now serves as its environmental education center as well as the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. Dennis also voted in 1998 to build a new borough hall on High Street after the land was donated to the borough by Preservation Pottstown. The new borough hall opened in 2000 and the town park, Smith Family Plaza, was completed in 2002. Dennis was one of five "neighborhood schools team" candidates for school board which won both tickets in the May 2007 primary with 82 percent of the vote. Dennis got more votes than anyone else. He was re-elected in 2011. He was part of an 8-1 majority in February 2012 voting to close Edgewood School, move the fifth grade to the middle school, and renovate the remaining four elementary schools. He was elected vice president of the board last December. Surviving with his fiance is a son Kevin Wausnock husband of Cheryl of Pottstown, PA and a step-son Greg Smith husband of Kerri of Birdsboro, PA. He is also survived by two daughters Denise M. Wausnock and Terri L. Wausnock both of Pottstown, PA. Dennis is also survived by two grandchildren Austin L. Mohn and Luke P. Maguire. Surviving also is a brother George E. Wausnock husband of Joan of Pottstown, PA and predeceased by a sister Carol E. Reppert former wife of Lawrence Reppert of Amityville, PA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Aloysius R.C.C. on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. A viewing will be Monday from 9 - 10:45 a.m. in the St. Aloysius Gathering Center. Private interment for Dennis's family will be in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the , 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103 or to the Montgomery County S.P.C.A., 1059 Sweisford Road, Perkiomenville, PA 18074. Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, 726 East High Street, Pottstown, PA is in charge of arrangements. To view obituaries or to send condolences go to www.warkertroutmanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Mercury on Aug. 21, 2014
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