Joseph Carl Mangan, 82, a true gentleman known for his kindness and humor, died peacefully at his home in Bear Creek on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
Joe was born in the North End of Wilkes-Barre in 1929, son of the late Edward and Veronica McAvoy Mangan. In 1964, he married the former Joan Kenney of the East End of Wilkes-Barre.
In addition to Joan, his wife of 47 years, Joe is survived by their children, Mollie Mangan, Heather Shaw and husband Don, Deirdre Daesen and husband Stephen, Marlene Mangan and Joseph Mangan. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Don and Dillon Shaw, Mariel Schramm and Ryan Daesen; by his honorary daughter, Denise Love; and sister-in-law, Isabel Mangan.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Edward and John (Jack).
He graduated from Coughlin High School in 1946, and he earned a Bachelor‚??s Degree in Accounting from King‚??s College, and later earned an MBA from the University of Scranton.
Joe was honored to have served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, and the reserves from 1955-1958.
Joe worked for the Government Accounting Office for seven years, then as a certified public accountant in the partnership of Mangan & Schuler C.P.A. in Wilkes-Barre for 40 years.
He also served as a fourth degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, as a member of the Donegal Society, and as a long-time member of Saint Elizabeth‚??s Church in Bear Creek.
Joe lived as a man of faith who always put his family first. He also embraced his Irish heritage, golfing and especially Notre Dame Football.
A viewing will be held at McLaughlin‚??s ‚?? The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Church of Saint Elizabeth in Bear Creek on Saturday at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, and St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Joe‚??s family at www.celebratehislife.com