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John Fixl

John Fixl Obituary

John Fixl entered into eternal life on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, with his family by his side.

He was the son of the late John and Mary Astl Fixl, who both immigrated to the United States from Austria. John was born April 21, 1936, in Allentown, in the Guthsville Hotel (more recently Magnolia's Vineyard), his family's business. He was the loving husband of Mary Hughes Fixl, with whom he shared 53 beautiful years of marriage.

John graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1954, where he formed many wonderful life-long friendships. He completed a B.A. and M.A. at Villanova University, followed by doctoral studies at Lehigh and Temple universities. John began his 44-year teaching career in the English Department at King's College in 1961. He also served in various administrative roles, including associate dean of continuing education and registrar. During that time, he counseled countless adult students, many of whom would never have attained their degrees without his help and advice He founded the King's College chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the National Honor Society for Adult Learners and served as National President for four years. He also established the Computer Application Program for the Liberal Arts and was one of the first faculty to utilize technology to enhance student learning. John was named the Manus-Cooney Distinguished Professor of Humanities and also granted Professor Emeritus upon his retirement. One article written about John noted: "Kind. Gentle. Understanding. Walk around the King's campus and those are the words used most often to describe John Fixl."

John belonged to St. Jude's Parish, Mountain Top, for over 45 years, where he served in many roles, including the bishop's annual appeal chairman, executive committee member of the parish counsel and lector. When John and Mary moved to Allentown, they joined St. Thomas More Parish, where he was grateful for the recent parking lot Masses that gave him the opportunity to continue to receive the Eucharist.

Always sharp as a tack, he was a voracious reader who instilled a deep passion for learning in his family and students. When he was not reading, listening to the André Rieu orchestra or watching British comedy, you could find John rooting for Villanova's basketball team and the Phillies. Most importantly, he was always rooting for his daughters and his grandchildren. John was the quintessential family man, strong and brilliant with "soft edges." He truly embodied Christ in his calm and compassionate strength. His unwavering positive energy and humility will continue to inspire and teach those who were blessed to know him for many, many years to come.

John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marie Sechler and Anna Salvator; and his son-in-law, Patrick Jenkins.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Mary; his daughters, Christine (Luis) Alvarez; Amy Jenkins, with whom he resided; and Mimi (Thomas) Murphy; his grandchildren, Connor, John Luis, Michael, Christopher, Jack, Morghan, Sean, George and Dylan; and nieces, Barbara Scarlato; and Helen Lentz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church. Live-stream of the funeral can be accessed on the parish website (stmchurchallentown.org) or through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfjQszypym6mQ52flx-UG9A.

Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are by Stephens Funeral Home Inc., www.stephensfuneral.com.

John's family is extremely grateful for the excellent care he received at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to the King's College Presidential Hope Fund, 133 North River St., Wilkes-Barre (https://www.kingsalumni.info/s/73/k19/interior.aspx?sid=73&gid=1&pgid=1527&cid=2859&ecid=2859&crid=0&calpgid=12&calcid=709).

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