Peter Cyrano Wambach, age 90 years, passed away May 17, 2007. He was a broadcaster to millions of radio listeners through his byline "It's a beautiful day in Pennsylvania."
He was a broadcast-journalist for nearly 70 years, lecturer, columist, politician, businessman, author, poet, and composer. His radio program "This is Pennsylvania' was heard over 100 radio stations throughout Pennsylvania from 1965-1982, which earned him the name "Mr. Pennsylvania".
Pete wrote a daily column, "Around the Suare" for The Patriot-News and more recently forthe Paxton Herald for over 40 years. He instituted the first television-telephone talk show n the United States, was a state wide leader in the Democratic Party, and served as campaign mamager, press secretary, speech writer and public relations specialist during the administrations of Governors Leader, Lawrence and Shapp.
Pete was born in Philadelphia, the son of Karl and Magadalina (Noheimer) Wambach. He was raised and educated in an orphanage, Gerard Gollege of Philadelphia. He was a member of Diocesan inter-religious council. He was known for his tireless philanthropic endeavors, his contributions of serivice to social and political causes and his inspiring lectures around the commonwealth. During his lifetime he received countless honors including The George Washington Medal of Freedom, The B'Nai Brith Award, and he was one of the first inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame. His major loves wer his wife, Rita, singing harmony, the coal regions (fro which he wrote a musical,Anthracite!) and traveling to Rome.
Pete was a devoted husband and wonderfully engaging father. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Margherita (Zarbo) Wambach; his children and their spouses, Michael Hill, Ceceila Wambach and Bobbi Ausubel, Joseph and Maryse Wambach, Rita Wambach, Vincent and Sharon Wambach, Peter Wambach, Paul and Josette Wambach, Edward and Lita Wambach, Stephen Wambach, Christopher and Jill Wambach, Margaret and Paul Ludwig, Marion and Patrick MacDonald and Marie Murphy; their 23 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and countless relatives and friends. Two daughters, Patricia Wambach Hill and Mary Theresa Wambach and a son-inlaw, Joseph Murphy prededed him in death. Dad, we will remember your wonderful wit, your inquisitive mind and your rousing music, but most of all we will remember how well you loved us.
Mass was celebrated at Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, with the Rev. Robert Lawrence as celebrant. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Harrisburg.
Margherita Carmela Zarbo Wambach
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