Obituaries

Adolph “Al” Joseph Wychulis

Adolph "Al" Joseph WychulisAdolph “Al” Joseph Wychulis died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Shenandoah at the age of 100 surrounded by his loving family.

Adolph is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Leary) Wychulis of Shenandoah; five children, Arlene (Wychulis) Snyder and her husband Paul Snyder of Bethlehem; Adolph “Ace” Wychulis, Jr. and his wife Nancy Zebraitis-Wychulis of Shenandoah, Sharon (Wychulis) Dalley widow of Michael Dalley of Shenandoah Heights; Janet (Wychulis) Dellinger and her husband Frank Dellinger of Shenandoah; Dean John Wychulis and his husband Lawrence Capozzelli of Junedale; five grandchildren, Dana Lynn (Zulkowski) Van Horn and her husband Clayton Van Horn, Ryan Snyder and his wife Alison Snyder, Danielle Wychulis, Sarah Dalley and Eric Wychulis; ten great-grandchildren, Eden, Noah, Joshua, Caleb and Jordan Van Horn, Chase Snyder, Raegan and Ava Snyder and Brayden and Brody Ladick.

He was preceded in death by a child before birth; his parents, Joseph Wychulis and Anna (Bunsavage) Wychulis; eight siblings, Annie (Wychulis) Pogozelski, Julia (Wychulis) Segoski; Joseph Wychulis, Mary “Mamie” Wychulis, Adam Wychulis, William Wychulis, Adele (Wychulis) Engle; Albert Wychulis; his son-in-law, Michael Dalley; and his grandson, Russ Snyder.

Adolph, the youngest of 9 children, was born on June 10, 1919 in his lifelong family home that his mother and father owned when they were married and raised him and his siblings. Al was an intelligent child in elementary school. He was able to skip a grade, which allowed him to graduate from J.W. Cooper High School class of 1936, one year early. During his youth he would attend dances at the local dance halls. It was there at one of those dances he caught a glance and met a beautiful young Irish girl named Elizabeth “Betty” Leary.  On October 6, 1951 at Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church, he married his Irish lass, soul mate, and the love of his life. They have been happily married for nearly 68 special years filled with the truest love, devotion, and faithfulness to one another. Adolph, dedicated his life to be the provider for his family, he worked tirelessly for the family-owned butcher shop at the corner of South Bridge & East Centre Streets, drove Euclid trucks for the local mining industry in Shenandoah, and finished his working career with 36 plus years of dedicated public service working for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When times were very tough and he was out of a job, he went as far as traveling to Philadelphia looking to try and find a job in the shipyards. No distance was too great for him to work and provide for his wife and children. As a lifelong member of St. George’s Lithuanian Catholic Church, he kept his Roman Catholic faith close to his heart.

Al enjoyed deer hunting in his younger days and was an avid lifelong fisherman. He loved fishing in both Pennsylvania and Canada. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time on his boat at Lake Wallenpaupack with his family. He would wake up early and go down to the lake when the water was still to pick crayfish for fishing bait. His favorite catch was always Walleye Pike. Al looked forward to the traditional yearly famous first day of trout fishing season with his children and grandchildren. He and Betty’s favorite place to spend their summers was at their house in the Pocono Mountains near Lake Wallenpaupack with the entire family taking them boating, fishing, tubing, water skiing, swimming, and long lazy sun filled days drifting on the lake from early morning till after sunset, or having cookouts on the deck and swimming in the pool. There, he took care of his precious fruit trees that he planted by hand and lost the endless battle of protecting them from hungry squirrels, deer, and bear. A lover of sweets, he enjoyed eating ice cream, cakes and blueberry pie in front of the television with his coffee, while watching the Stock Market, Fox News, baseball, football, and almost any other sporting event.

He was a devoted family man, especially to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Throughout his life he found enjoyment teaching and guiding his loved ones with special traditions, values, morals, silly songs, and funny sayings. Al’s family will proudly pass those customs on for generations to come along with his very strong work ethic, which could be seen as he rarely missed a day of work. He would go into work in bad weather, do double shifts when needed, or go to work at other toll plazas to fill an open shift. Always an active person, Al never sat still for long. He was always tinkering, doing some type of work around the house or in the yard, building something, or splitting wood with his electric log splitter.

He will always be remembered as a loving, devoted, faithful husband to Betty and a doting, proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and as a very warm-hearted, caring, compassionate, kind, and funny man who wanted nothing more than to make people laugh. Al always said, “The key to a long life is through laughter,” which is something he most certainly accomplished.

A religious service will be held on Monday, July 29 at 11:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian officiating.  Interment will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. All are welcome to attend and celebrate centenarian Adolph’s life during his viewing on Monday morning from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Compassus Hospice and St. Luke’s Hospital, Coaldale for their care and dedication during the last special months of Adolph’s life.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.

Adolph “Al” Joseph Wychulis Has 18 Condolences Posted:

  1. Heather Hoffman says:

    Although I wish it would have been under better circumstances, I’m grateful I had the opportunity to meet and help out with Al’s care while he was in the hospital. He was such a sweet man and was so blessed to have a daughter as devoted as you Janet. May the many memories you and your family have with Al bring comfort to each of you and may you be comforted knowing he is at peace now.

  2. Rebecca Snyder says:

    My condolences for your loss. Al’s obituary is beautiful and paints a vivid picture of the kind of life that he led. I can envision the memories that he created. I was lucky enough to see a picture of the foot bridge he built at his lake house. He looked proud and exhibited fantastic craftsmanship. My his passion, ambition, humor, and love live on.

    Take care,

    Rebecca Snyder

  3. Antonia says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Janet, dean, and the rest of he family. You all were so lucky to have had amazing father In your life. He was the most sweetest person I’ve ever met always happy and smiling. He will always be with you, Cherish every memory you have with him I know you have lots! Such a beautiful tribute. Love you all

  4. Maureen sajda says:

    My deepest sympathy to my dear friend Janet and family on the loss of your dad it was a pleasure to have known him and cared for him enjoyed watching the hallmark channel with him and your mom and if there was a scene of a beach he loved it he would say isn’t that beautiful. Now he is at rest and in the arms of jesus.

  5. Melissa Lorady says:

    What an amazing man!! We can all learn a little from his view on life, optimism, and love for his family. He will truly be missed. Condolences to his beautiful family. Love you all!

  6. Anita Horvat says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Janet and also your family. Over the years I feel I have come to know your Dad because of the many conversations we have shared. He was a special man. I know what a beautiful example of a devoted daughter you have been. He was very fortunate to have you. So now you must go through the normal process of grieving. It is hard work but one that will be required of all of us a some point in life. I will be here to help you with that my friend. I am no stranger to the process. Be strong. It is only for a time and you will once again greet each other.
    God Bless

  7. Sharon Dalley says:

    “Stop being serious Sharon, you need to laugh.” I can hear those words come out of my dad’s mouth as I type them. Although right now all I can do is cry, thinking about the amazing memories my dad has given me does bring laughter and warmth to my heart.

    Dad, thank you. Thank you for waking up with me in the early morning hours before I’d go hunting to make sure I knew the safety of using your gun. Thank you for starting our long fishing career going to Benton for the annual first day of fishing, and never forgetting to stop for those doughnuts and coffee while you told me all your special stories. While growing up, thank you for showing me your hard work ethic, it has made me the strong and hardworking woman I am today. Thank you for all the words of advice and wisdom you have given me over the years, there were tough times when I needed to hear them most. Thank you for being the most loyal, devoted, and faithful husband to my mom. Your deepest, truest love to each other was the perfect example that you could have given to your family. Thank you for the special care you have given my children, while keeping them smiling, singing and dancing with your special songs and silly sayings. Thank you for loving my husband and soulmate unconditionally for the amount of time I was able to have both of you physically here with me.
    Stop being serious, you’ll live longer.

    Dad, reaching 100 years old has definitely proved your point. I love you.

  8. Amy Wychulis Vallance says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a life well lived, surrounded by so many whom loved him. I am sure his traditions will continue on for generations- the best way to keep his memory alive! It has been a hard year for the Wychulis’. I hope time will help ease the pain of your loss. With love, Bob & Johannas daughter Amy

  9. Susy and Joe Bori says:

    We are so very sorry of the loss of Pap! He was such a shining spirit with the love for his family and life! God bless you Pap you will be missed by all of us who loved you. God bless you all

  10. Arlene & Charles Vascavage says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I’m sure Dad is looking down and is very proud of all of you for the great tribute and memories you shared with us. Our Prayers & Thoughts are with you All.

  11. Janet Dellinger says:

    Daddy, you will always be my best fishing buddy and friend! I will always be your lil girl. We had our best conversations while fishing and I will never forget your beautiful words about mommy in that how blessed we are with a wonderful mom who has the softest heart and her deep love for everyone. I always remember Your words of wisdom, “Janny, one day your young, and the next day your old, live a good life and live an honest life”. You taught me so much And encouraged me in all things. We will always be 3 musketeers who grew into the 4! I will never forget our saying since I am 4 yrs old “we are the guys, we put the fish ijn the ocean, we are the guys with the great devotion” which has now passed on to your great grandchildren. Daddy, I can write a book about you and memories! Thank You Father God for giving me my daddy! Daddy you are the best and I shall miss you here but we shall be together again in heaven because of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and by trusting in His Words! I love you soo very much! I will sooo miss you! Remember to fish with Jesus cause He uses nets and catches more! Love you always daddy!

  12. Andrew Szczyglak says:

    Dean I’m so sorry to read about the loss of you’re Dad, My prayers are with you and you’re family at the difficult time!
    Andrew Szczyglak

  13. Frances (Selbi) and Ben Cook says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for the whole family.

  14. Lorra Maughan says:

    I can’t begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. All I can say is that the love this family has for each other is something we all could hope for. I pray for healing and strength for each of you. and to say it was my honor to have known your father.

  15. This is such a beautiful tribute to a man who cared for his family formost. I’m offering my deepest condolences to his entire family and friends. May you walk the halls of Heaven in peace Ali .

  16. Donna Domagauer says:

    What a beautiful tribute!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!
    God bless you all

  17. Ginny Ackiewicz says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry for your loss. Such a lovely tribute and remembrance of a life and story well lived.
    Peace,
    Ginny Ackiewicz

  18. Carole Field says:

    So sad to hear…..may your happy memories sooth your aching hearts…Condolences from Carole and Tom Field.