Thomas J. Mahle

Thomas L. Mahle, 78, of Laflin, died Wednesday at his home.

Born Aug. 27, 1934 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Thomas and Dorothy McTigue Mahle.

Tom was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School and continued his education at Luzerne County Community College and King's College.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served from 1952 to 1955.

On June 21, 1958, he was married to Marion Macejko and enjoyed 55 years with the love of his life.

Before retirement, Tom was purchasing director for Wilkes-Barre Area Vocational-Technical School for 20 years.

Tom was previously active as a Democratic committee chairman and volunteer fireman in Laflin. He was a founding member of Project Children, a committee member of the Wyoming Valley Boxing Hall of Fame and served as the first president of the Notre Dame Club of Wyoming Valley.

Tom was an enthusiastic fan of Notre Dame athletics and the Boston Celtics. He truly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

A sister, Peggy Radginski, preceded him in death.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, the former Marion Macejko; children, Thomas J. (Gail) Mahle, Ventura, Fla., Robert (Kathleen Connors) Mahle, Wyoming, and Kelly Ann (Jeff) Holden, Severn, Md.; grandchildren, Julie Ann Mahle, Sean Holden and Meghan Holden; other family and friends.

Tom's entire family is grateful for the care and compassion he received from both Dr. Patrick Kerrigan and his staff and the staff of Erwine Hospice.

Celebration of Tom's life will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday from McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Maria Goretti. Entombment will be in the Mary, Mother of God Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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Published in Times Leader from June 27 to June 28, 2013