Joseph A. Mallison

joseph-mallisonJoseph A. Mallison, 88, of 4702 Woodlake Drive, Allison Park, PA, and formerly of Benzinger Road, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born February 12, 1928, in St. Marys, son of the late Linus and Frances McHenry Mallison. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1946.  Joe attended Drexel University and was also a 1952 graduate of Grove City College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Joe worked for General Chemical Company (Allied Chemical and Dye), in Claymont, DE from 1952 to 1953. From 1953 to 1988, he worked at Airco Speer Carbon Company (known as Carbon/Graphite Group, Inc.).  He was self-employed by the Carbon/Graphite Group from 1988 until 1992, and as a temp in the Purchasing Department of Carbon/Graphite Group from 1995 until 1996.

In 1959, Joe obtained his Pennsylvania Registered Professional Engineer License. His professional engineering stamp can be found on many of the drawings for buildings and homes in our community.  He also served as an Inspector of Renovations at the High Rise in Ridgway for the Elk County Housing Authority from 1993 until 1994.

Joe was a volunteer for several organizations in St. Marys. Most notably, he was the head of the Supervisory Committee at the Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union (formerly the St. Marys Federal Credit Union) for many years, often being seen going into the National City Bank to make deposits and to the Post Office to get their mail.  He volunteered as a solicitor for several St. Marys United Way campaigns.  He served as chairman of the Benzinger Township Hospital Authority and later the City of St. Marys Hospital Authority.  He also served as chairman of the St. Marys Redevelopment Authority and was a Life Line Installer for the Elk Regional Health Center.  Joe helped distribute food at the Christian Food Bank once a month and would also assist in unloading the food truck at the Food Bank three or four times a year.  His favorite volunteer work was as an usher at the Penn State home football games from 1985 until his health began to decline.

He was an avid golfer and could be found working the links at the St. Marys Country Club and Bavarian Hills Golf Course. He was responsible for several leagues now in existence.

Joe received many awards including the 1977 “McDonalds Community Service Award”, in recognition of his outstanding community service on behalf of the Benzinger Township Park Board, and the 1978 “Man of the Year” award for the Airco Speer Supervisor’s Club. He was a lifelong member of the St. Marys Lions Club and served as a past president. In 2004 he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the St. Marys Lions Club for 50 years of membership and was also awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow for dedicated humanitarian service by the St. Marys Lions Club in July 2010.

Joe was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was a veteran of the US Navy, having served in World War II from 1946 to 1948. He was a lifelong member of the St. Marys Knights of Columbus as a 3rd Degree Knight.  He served as president of the Airco Carbon Quarter Century Club in 1984, and was a member of the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Club and the former St. Marys Country Club.

On November 6, 1954, in Grove City, PA, he married Mary Margaret “Peggy” Walsh, who preceded him in death on May 10, 1981.

Joe is survived by two daughters, Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Bialosky and her husband Don of Allison Park, PA and Julie Young and her husband Ron of St. Marys; a son, Joseph Andrew Mallison of Port Charlotte, FL; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Bialosky, Lisa Meyer, and Daniel Young; a sister, Mary Jane “Mal” D’Amore and her husband Joseph of St. Marys; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Joe was preceded in death by two sons in infancy; a grandson, Timothy P. Meyer in 2011; and by two brothers, Richard Mallison in 2016 and Raymond Mallison in 1998.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday, November 13, 2016, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Marys Lions Club, PO Box 124, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Bonnie Winkler November 12, 2016 at 9:07 am

Julie & family, you have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father.

Elizabeth A. Calupca November 12, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Dear Betsy, Julie and Andy,

I am sorry to learn of the passing of your father. I remember your Dad as a very warm-hearted and caring man who always welcomed everyone with a smile. His love and contributions to his family, country, community and professional career show a life well lived.

Please know that you are in my prayers for God’s comfort and support in your time of sorrow.

Betty Ann

Barb Feidler November 13, 2016 at 11:10 am

Hi Lisa,
Losing a grandfather is never easy. Be grateful for all the memories you have had with him. Celebrate his life with every memory. Remember he is your heavenly angel now. Take care!

Tom Joseph November 14, 2016 at 8:37 am

To Betsy and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. TJ

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