Dec. 16, 2012
William John McHale Sr., 82, of Shavertown, died peacefully at the home of his daughter Cathy Prater on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, with loving family at his side.
Born Aug. 27, 1930 in Pittston, William "Buddy" was the son of the late William McHale and Catherine Theresa McCracken. He was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, class of 1948.
He served two tours in the United States Naval Service during the Korean War as a radioman on the USS Cabot between the years 1948 and 1953.
He was employed by Owens Illinois as a plant engineer from 1968 through 1991.
Following his retirement in 1991, William enjoyed spending his time with his beloved wife, Ann, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the biggest fan of each of their accomplishments.
William was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas.
Preceding William in death, in addition to his parents, were his beloved wife, Ann Marie, and daughter Michelle Dixon.
Surviving William are his children William J. Jr. and his wife, Donna, Ramsey, N.J.; Ann Ellen Krench and her husband, Kevin, Seattle, Wash.; Sharon Resetar, Elizabethtown; Jeanne Rosengrant, Trucksville; Cathy Prater and her husband, Scott, Shavertown; sister Jeanne Donahue, Allentown; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for the care provided by Dr. John M. Prater and Erwine Home Health and Hospice Inc., especially Susan Naperkowski, Joyce Prebola, Andrea Giosiewski, Barbara Ditkosky, Sadeka Murrell and Desiree Galdieri. Also to William's grandson, Michael Prater, for provided loving care and support to his grandfather for many months preceding his death.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. Entombment will be made in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6 to 8 p.m.