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Joseph Harvilla  

Joseph Harvilla

March 12, 1924 – September 2, 2013

Mr. Joseph Harvilla, age 89, of Newark, DE, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013, at his home.
Born in Beaver Meadows, PA, on March 12, 1924, Mr. Harvilla was the son of the late Andrew Harvilla and Anna Deliman Harvilla. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during World War II. In civilian life, he made his career with the former Chrysler Corporation in Newark, where he retired from the utility personnel department in 1986 after 32 years of service.
A devout Catholic throughout his life, Mr. Harvilla was a longtime member of Holy Family parish. In his leisure hours, he greatly enjoyed trout fishing, tending his vegetable garden, and cheering each season for his favorite teams–the Phillies, the Flyers, and the Eagles.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Helen E. Schlauch Harvilla; son, Joseph S. Harvilla of Newark; grandson, Justin Wolfe of Dover; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings, Andrew Harvilla, Peter Harvilla, Rita Danishefsky, George Harvilla, Thomas Harvilla, and Robert Harvilla.
The family extends special thanks to April Freezer, Justin Wolfe, and Bob and Kathy Harvilla for their many kindnesses during Mr. Harvilla’s illness.
Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, September 4th, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Thursday, September 5th, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington.

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  1. ObitManager, September 30, 2013

    Name: Joe and JoAnn McFadden
    Message: Dear Aunt Helen, Joey and Justin….
    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Joe. He was one of my favorite uncles as we could always joke around. I always looked forward to our phone calls as he always made me laugh. He will be missed very much. We love you all.
    Love, Joe and JoAnn

    Name: Arlene (Harvilla) and Steve Bonville
    Message: The memories I have of Uncle Joe will be with me forever, especially on Christmas Eve when he would disappear and suddenly Santa Clause would show up! He was definitely one of a kind and will be truly missed. Heart felt sympathy to Aunt Helen, Joey, and Justin.

    Name: Shirley Fleetwood
    Message: Uncle Joe holds a special place in my heart. He was my Godfather and shared a lot of his time off with my brothers and I. He would take us to the park and let us run for hours buying us the soda and candy and other treats. He was always kind. When my son came along many years later, they would talk about the Phillies and argue about who the best players were. He always took time for kids! Thank you so much, Uncle Joe I hope you are at peace and will enjoying your view of the Eagles, Flyers and Phillies. God bless.

    Name: Jessica Charlton (Lamborn)
    Message: Dear Helen, you might not remember me but I grew up in Greenleaf Manor with your son. I have very fond memories of you and Joseph, especially giving us kids candy after school, you were the sweetest couple on the street.I am sorry for your loss and pray for you and your family.


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