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Joan Cunnane, 88, was a political activist who championed human rights

Describing the life of Joan Cunnane is like detailing a sunset off the Santa Monica pier. There’s a lot to take in.

Political activist and granddaughter of a suffragist. Loving wife and mother to, by their own admission, a “boisterous” brood of five kids. Chain smoker. Solitaire player. MSNBC watcher. Sit-in protester. Jokester.

Mrs. Cunnane, 88, died on Sunday, May 3, of the coronavirus at Edgehill Nursing Home in Glenside.

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Born in Scranton in 1932, Mrs. Cunnane became a model after high school and moved to Philadelphia. She met her future husband, Bill, in 1956 in an Irish bar in Jenkintown, and they went on to have a daughter and four sons. After raising her children, Mrs. Cunnane went to work as a nurse. Courtesy of the Cunnane family Mrs. Cunnane doing her favorite things: smoking, cooking, laughing, watching MSNBC and losing at solitaire. Her family called this her "happy place." A lifelong Democrat, she worked for every party presidential candidate from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. Her son wrote that she joked that “she baptized me and my sister and brothers Democrats before baptizing us Catholic.”

She was especially impressed with Obama. “I think she loved him as much as any […]

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