John E. "Jack" Hummel

January 9, 2013

John E. "Jack" Hummel, 70, died suddenly Jan. 9 on the mountain he loved so well from extensive internal injuries to his chest, lungs and rib cage after an accident at Wolf Creek Ski Area near Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Jack was skiing with his wife, Josie, when he veered off the groomed trail on Bunny Hop and crashed into a tree. He was wearing a helmet and had no head injuries.

Jack was born in Pottsville, Dec. 10, 1942. He attended Nativity BVM High School, where he played on the football team and was involved in many other school activities. He played the violin, encouraged by his Aunt Helen, who also inspired his love of classical music.

After graduating, he went to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, and then Gregorian University, Rome, intending to become a priest. After a change of mind, he returned to the United States to attend LaSalle University, Philadelphia, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree. He later did graduate work at Temple and Penn State universities, majoring in Spanish and early childhood education.

Jack was fluent in Spanish and Italian and competent in French. His language skills and love of people led him to work for Head Start, specializing in parental involvement, bilingual services and health care for low-income families. Having loved the West all his life, he then moved to Denver where he switched careers, taking computer courses at Parks College and becoming a computer operations manager.

After Jack's retirement in 2001, the Hummels moved to Pagosa Springs in 2003. They became regulars at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club where Jack was a long-time member of the Monday-Thursday skins group, and active members of the Gray Wolf Ski Club.

Jack and Josie were avid skiers and Jack also hiked with this senior outdoors group. The Hummels enjoyed travel and adventure, camping all over the United States and also traveling extensively in Europe.

Jack loved to keep up to date on the latest sports equipment technology. He was famous for buying every new golf club, pair of skis and high-tech ski boots that came along, as the collection in his garage attests.

Jack's sense of humor and enjoyment of life energized his friends and family. Always optimistic, he spread cheer with his wonderful laugh and jovial personality. We will cherish memories of our fun times together.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Mary Daley Hummel; his aunts, Helen Reilly and Anne Reilly Daley; and his uncle, Edmund Daley.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Josie; his sister, Mary Ann Akers and her husband, Larry, Helena, Mont.; several cousins who live in the Eastern United States, as well as a multitude of golfing, skiing and hiking friends in Pagosa Springs.

Religious services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. The Rev. Adam Sedar will officiate. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Viewing will be held at 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. Joseph J. Stutz Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, is in charge of arrangements. To honor Jack, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at or Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.

Published in Republican & Herald on Jan. 14, 2013