Joseph E. Hanlon

MECHANICSBURG — Joseph E. Hanlon, 81, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

Joseph was born April 4, 1933, a son of the late James and Josephine (Williams) Hanlon in Kulpmont.

He was a star athlete in high school and subsequently attended both Richmond and Fordham universities on football scholarships. Additionally, he played pro baseball with the Washington Senators farm team. He was inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Later in life he came to enjoy golf.

Joseph served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a former employee of Pennsylvania Blue Shield. He retired from Hanlon Associates, his own financial consulting business.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Adele (Garcia) Hanlon; three daughters, Michele Davis and her husband, Scot, of Hummelstown, Beth Ridder and her husband, James, of Cypress, Texas, and Kathleen Danias and her husband, Anthony, of Cary, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Allyson Davis, Nikki Hastings and her husband, Josh, Brad Davis and his fiancée, Leah, James and Lauren Ridder, and Adam, Emily and Joseph Stevens; a sister, Joan Wagner and her husband, Cal, of New Smyrna Fla; a brother, Gregory Hanlon and his wife Aleece, of Orwigsburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Joseph was preceded in death by six siblings, Mary, James, John, David, Margaret and Patricia.

HANLON — Joseph E. Hanlon, 81, of Mechanicsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 1 Peter Drive, Mechanicsburg. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Joseph's memory to St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 1 Peter Drive, Mechanicsburg 17050. To sign the online guest book, go to

Funeral Home

Malpezzi Funeral Home
8 Market Plaza Way Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 697-4696

Published in The News Item on Apr. 15, 2014