Josephine McLean Wunsch, 99, of Norwell and Duxbury, passed away Nov. 29, in her home at the Village at Duxbury, Duxbury, following a short illness. Jo, as she was called, was born Feb. 3, 1914, in Detroit, Mich. She attended the University of Michigan where she was Womens Editor for The Michigan Daily. Following graduation she worked for the Detroit Free Press. In 1940 she married Edward S. Wunsch, a Detroit attorney. She left her job to raise three children but continued to write short stories and non-fiction for magazines and newspapers. She also wrote 11 books; 10 of which were written for teens and several were translated into other languages including Japanese. She founded a writers group in Grosse Pointe, and was a member of the Detroit Women Writers. She was often asked to speak at schools, libraries and conferences on writing. Mrs. Wunsch was an excellent athlete. She sailed, skied, played tennis and golf. She was asked to join the Detroit Womens District Golf Association and she remained a member for many years. She also played duplicate bridge in tournaments and had nearly won sufficient points to become a Life Master when her husband became ill and she quit bridge to care for him. She was a member and officer of the Junior League of Detroit and Tau Beta. At 90, she moved to Massachusetts to be close to her daughter, Betsy Gordon. There she enjoyed life at The Village at Duxbury attending the theater, playing bridge and making many new friends. She was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by her three children, Katherine Remsen and son-in-law Donald Remsen of Palo Alto, Calif., Elizabeth "Betsy" Gordon and son-in-law Ralph Gordon of Norwell and Edward Wunsch and daughter-in-law Vivian Wunsch of Boulder, Colo.; as well as by 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at The Village at Duxbury, 290 Kings Town Way (Rte. 53), Duxbury. Contributions in her memory may be made to the James Library, 24 West St., Norwell, MA 02061, or the Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Jan. 11, 2014