Antonia Sulena-Wetzel McMenamin, 67, of Jenkintown, a Drexel University administrator, died of complications from lymphoma Tuesday at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook.
In 1991, Mrs. McMenamin became an adviser to students in Drexel's new honors program. In 2003, Drexel established the Pennoni Honors College, and Mrs. McMenamin was named assistant dean two years later. She also advised Drexel's Cambodian and Vietnamese Unions and Young Republicans.
She loved the students, and continued to work while battling cancer, said her husband, Patrick J. McMenamin. When she became ill in her office in October, he said, "we wheeled her in her desk chair onto the elevator, and I took her to the hospital."
The episode fulfilled a prediction she shared with colleagues, he said. When they asked about her retirement plans, she told them, "They'll have to wheel my body out."
Mrs. McMenamin grew up in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia and graduated from St. Basil Academy in Jenkintown. She earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College. She and her husband met on a blind date and married in 1960. She helped him and her brother, Robert Wetzel, operate the two Wetzel & Son Funeral Homes in Philadelphia until 1985, when she became an adviser in the academic-achievement program at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, now Philadelphia University. She joined Drexel's administrative staff in 1987.
Mrs. McMenamin was a creative cook and a golf enthusiast. She and her husband played on courses all over the United States and in Spain, in Portugal, and at St. Andrews in Scotland. They were members of Talamore Country Club in Ambler.
In addition to her husband and brother, she is survived by sons Patrick Jr. and Roger; a daughter, Cara Wing; and seven grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Church, 604 West Ave., Jenkintown, where friends may call after 10.