James A “Jay” Hanley, 85, of Mahanoy City, passed away Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.
Jay was born Dec. 22, 1931, to the late Edward J. and Mildred “Dolly” Mellen Hanley.
He was a graduate of Mahanoy City High School, Class of 1949. He was a decorated veteran having served honorably in the Army during the Korean War.
On Aug. 2, 1958, he married Anne Marie Lobichusky at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Mahanoy City, and they recently celebrated 58 years of marriage.
Jay was a lifelong parishioner of the former St. Canicus and a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Church.
He was a cable splicer for the former Bell Telephone Co., now Verizon, for 38 years, retiring in December 1992. Additionally, Jay was someone who would build or repair almost anything. He built our house himself, including learning to hand chisel slabs of blue mountain stone to create his “perfect” stones for the house, and with our mother, built our home.
Jay was a member of the Shenandoah Rum Dums, serving as a past “GG” and on their Board of Directors; 61-year member of American Legion Post 71, Mahanoy City; Mahanoy Area Historical Society; Mahanoy Area Alumni Association; social member of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company and Mechanicsville Game and Fish Association; Shenandoah Liths Club and former member of the Federation of Telephone Workers of PA and the Communications Workers of America and various social clubs. He held membership in the Bell Telephone “100,000 Mile Club,” achieving it numerous times for safe driving on the job.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Anne Marie, are four children, James “Jay” Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, and their children, Anna and Victor, Barnesville, Michael, Harrisburg, Jon and his wife, Kristy, and their daughter, Teagan, Hunt Valley, Md., and Maria and her husband, Albert Wasilewski, Hookstown. He is also survived by two sisters, Theresa Scherer, Garnet Valley, and Jean Sherako, Shenandoah Heights; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and a great-nephew; cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. Friday at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church, 600 W. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City. The Rev. Kevin Gallagher, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Relatives and friends may call from 8:30 until 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.