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Posted on: January 4, 2020

Mayor Joines Statement on Death of Former Council Member Wanda Merschel

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Office of the Mayor
Jan. 4, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines issued the following statement today upon the death of former City Council Member Wanda Merschel:

"Wanda was a true public servant who loved this city. She leaves a lasting legacy that we will all remember. I was fortunate to have worked alongside of her in a number of projects and always appreciated her wisdom and good judgement. On behalf of the City Council and the citizens of Winston-Salem, I extend to her husband John and her family our sincere condolences. We will miss her greatly."

Merschel, 69, passed away Jan. 3 after a prolonged illness. A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Salem Funeral and Cremation Services, 2951 Reynolda Road, Winston Salem. 

Merschel served on the City Council from 1997-2013 and was chair of the Finance Committee from 2001 to 2013. During her tenure, she tapped her professional experience in finance and banking to strike a balance between citizen services and capital investments to ensure the city’s future prosperity, all during an era of chronically constrained resources. 

Under her oversight the city funded the downtown ballpark, infrastructure improvements in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the Fourth Street improvements that led to a downtown revival, and innovative economic assistance packages that created jobs and grew the city’s tax base.

Prior to her election to City Council, Merschel served as the president of the West End Association and was instrumental in the creation of the West End Historic District.   

In recognition of her service to the city, the City Council renamed Civic Plaza in her honor upon her retirement from public office.

Merschel is survived by her husband, John Merschel, and children Karen Johnson, Wendy Johnson, Lisa Merschel, John Merschel, Jeff Merschel and Kate Merschel Dailey. Donations in her memory can be made to the Downtown Winston Salem Foundation in support of Merschel Park.

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