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Joseph E. (Joe) Thal, 87 of Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania, died at home on Saturday, July 9, 2022.

Joe was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania on November 7, 1934. He was the son of the late Lawrence ” French “ Thal, Sr. and Marie Smead Thal. He was predeceased by his brothers, Lawrence “Son” Thal, Jr. and Philip Thal and by his sister Gertrude McGowan. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Joanne B. Thal.

He is survived by his daughter Mary Jo Livergood (Larry) of Pleasant Gap and Moshannon. He is also survived by several nephews; his special friend Francis Shook of Spring Mills; and her beloved little dog Zoey.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap.

He attended Bellefonte High School and early in his life worked for Torsell Buick and Capers Buick at State College. He retired from Penn State Housing and Food Services in December 1994.

Joe enjoyed attending public auctions to collect milk bottles, Griswald items, and firefighter memorabilia. He was a life member of the Pleasant Gap Fire Company, where he held various positions over the years. He was a Life Member of the Central District Volunteer Firemen’s Association, where he served on various committees and was named Honorary Past President in 2012. He was a Life Member of Bellefonte Elks Lodge No. 1094. He was a Life Member of Center County Fire Police Association and a member of the Pennsylvania State Firefighters Association. Earlier in life he was a member of the Undine Fire Company at Bellefonte and marched with their marching unit.

Family and friends will be received Friday July 15, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., 201 Spring St., Milesburg and Saturday July 16, 2022 beginning at 10 a.m. -11 a.m. time of funeral with Deacon Thomas E. Boldin and Pastor Michael Covalt officiating. Interment will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Pleasant Gap.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Gap Fire Company, 475 Robinson Lane, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 or Saint John’s Catholic School, 116 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte, PA 16823. face is optional.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc., 201 Spring St., Milesburg, PA.

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