Joseph A. Mohl (Oct. 11, 1933 – Dec. 18, 2020) passed peacefully at home on Friday while surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Christine C. (Croce) Mohl, five daughters, and five sons-in-law, whom he loved as deeply as “sons” of his own: Cecilia McAleer (John), Margaret Groy (Scott), Christina Scerbo (Peter), Mary Frances Earle (Keith), and Joann Wieland (John). He is also survived by a brother, Anthony Mohl, and wife, Marilyn, and sisters, Mary Nash and Eva Dishong, and their spouses, Harry Nash And George Dishong. He cherished 11 grandchildren: Christina and Joseph McAleer, Andrew and Brittany Groy, Nicholas and Olivia Scerbo, Lauren and Luke, and his wife, Anita (Witmer) Earle, and John and Courtney Wieland. He was predeceased by a grandson, Cody Groy, parents, Andrew and Eva (Heinrich) Mohl, sister, Magdalena, and brothers, Andrew and John.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and demonstrated that nothing is more precious in life than faith, family, and food shared with loved ones. He lived humbly and always put others before himself. He grew up on Spring St. in Lebanon in a large German family. He attended Lebanon Catholic High School, where he enjoyed football and it was there that he began to court the love of his life. After he graduated in 1951, he proudly joined the United States Air Force, training at Sampson Air Force Base in NY and later serving in England and the U.S. as a fighter jet and helicopter mechanic. Work continued at Olmsted Air Force Base and New Cumberland Army Depot, where he performed quality control of electronic equipment. He gave a lifetime of service to his church volunteering as an usher, assisting at church festivals, and performing cemetery maintenance. He was a member of the Friendship Fire Co. and Navy Club of Lebanon. He loved Penn State football and was affectionately referred to at times as “Joe Pa.” Yearly family vacations at the beach provided many fond memories. He was an honorary Italian who served thousands of pasta dinners over the years. He was always working quietly and tirelessly in the background cooking, cleaning, fixing, and building. His hands that were always busy are now finally at rest. The family is so grateful for the entire WellSpan team, especially our hospice angel, Michelle, who provided loving care and support; we are forever grateful.
Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at Assumption of the Blessed Mother Mary Church (St. Mary’s) in Lebanon at 12 noon. Due to Covid restrictions, visitation will take place outside the church proper at 11:30 a.m. Private interment at the request of the family will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors. A life celebration will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. To view a full obituary and share online condolences, visit www.thompsonfuneralhomelebanon.com
In lieu of flowers, donations to Wellspan Hospice, 1503 Quentin Rd., Lebanon, PA 17042 Attn: Cynthia Czarnecki, or to St. Mary Church, 2 N. 8th St., Lebanon, PA 17046.