Joseph F. McHale

  • Born: May 10, 1922
  • Died: October 15, 2019
  • Location: Washington D.C., District Of Columbia

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph F. McHale, Age 97, passed away peacefully on October 15 at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC. Beloved husband of the late Theresa (McKinney) and the late Florence (McPhee). Dearest father of Joseph, Jr., Gerald and Richard (Dorina) and stepdaughters Sr. Geraldine McPhee, Sisters of Notre Dame DeNamur and Barbara Burns (James). Loving grandfather of Susan McHale and step grandchildren Heather Clune (Thomas), Jennifer Leonard, Esq. (James) and Brian Burns, USN (Patricia). Also survived by six step great grandchildren, Tommy and Zachary Clune, Colin and Valentina Burns and Julian and Lucy Leonard. Joseph was born and raised in Chester, Pa., and a graduate of Chester High School. He was a retired U.S. Postal employee, and a longtime resident of Drexel Hill before his retirement to the Armed Forces Home. Joseph was a decorated World War II Navy veteran (USS Wisconsin), a 4th Degree member of Our Lady of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #4518, a Delaware County Republican Committee person, a member of the Cardinal Dougherty Assembly #590, the Aston Lions Club, VFW Chapter #5705, the St. Andrew Choir and St. Andrew Seniors. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Thursday, October 24 at 9:30 AM at St. Andrew Church, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill, followed by his funeral mass at 10:30 AM. Interment: Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, Township Line Road & Market Street, Linwood, PA. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made in his memory to Sisters of Notre Dame Retirement Fund 1531 Greenspring Valley Rd., Stevenson, MD 21152.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Greetings family,
I have many wonderful memories of "Uncle Joe". Many years, took a vacation day to invite Mom (Kay's)
brothers, Joe and Bill to our home for lunch. In the early days, both brothers drove to her home in Collingdale. Then it was tough, as they aged. When we moved i simply drove and picked them up for their annual lunch time together. On one occasion i drove them to "Picture People" in the Springfield Mall and had their photo taken together.
In addition, after Bill's passing i made a video with Uncle Joe, Mom and Jerry. i will cherish this dvd forever. I did visit a few times in DC with Jerry and glad i did. He was quite happy there. I will always remember him up on current events and watching CNN. He once told us, if he had gone to college he would have majored in History and become a History Professor. I will miss his opinions and strong voice.
Eileen Ruane Brennen (godchild)

Posted by Eileen Brennen - Havertown, PA - Family   October 17, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the McHale Family for the loss of your loved one, Joseph, and pray you find comfort in Psalms 91:2.

Posted by JKH/JW    October 17, 2019

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