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Mahal, Joseph P. March 9, 1932 - January 5, 2022

Joseph P. Mahal, age 89, of Hackettstown died Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Joseph was born March 9, 1932 in Wilkes Barre, PA to the late Joseph and the late Mary (McHugh) Mahal.  In addition to his parents, Joe is preceded in death by his brother, Frank.

Joe served proudly in the US Air Force during the Korean War.  He was previously employed by Hackettstown School District, Hackettstown, NJ as a History Teacher for 34 years before retiring.  In addition, Joe was a Football Coach and a Track and Field Official for the school district.  He was a parishioner of Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary, Hackettstown and a member of the American Legion both of Hackettstown.  Most of all Joe enjoyed being a grandfather, always attending their sporting events and cheering them on.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Theresa (Ozgo) Mahal, his loving son, Joseph Mahal and wife Catherine and his four cherished grandchildren, Peter, Joseph, George, and Carly.

Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 10am – 1pm.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 12 at 1 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father Antony Arockiadoss officiating.  Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows following the service.

For those desiring donations may be made to: American Legion, Hackettstown, NJ in memory of Joe.


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    Joy and Les Snyder says

    Theresa and Family. We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Joe. A great guy and a great teacher! Our Sincere Sympathy goes out to the entire family. Joy and Les Snyder

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    Betty Richards says

    Dear Theresa and Family, We were very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a wonderful and witty teacher and gentleman. We will be keeping him in our prayers. Betty and Dan Richards

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    Ed Wehmeyer says

    My deepest condolences and sympathy to family and friends. Mr. Mahal was my Freshman football coach at HHS and will always remember his words of wisdom. RIP Coach 🙏🏻

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    Michael and Hazel Lynch says

    Much before our employment in the Hackettstown School District Joe was our teacher. His knowledge and ability to connect with his classes made him a top professional and a model for those who would follow his example. God bless, Joe.

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    Mr Mahal was one of my favourite teachers – Problems in American Democracy could ONLY be taught by him.

    For Mrs Mahal, my mom Barbara, thought the world of you and whatever words of condolence I can share would pale in comparison to her. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    Sarah Binns says

    R.I.P. Mr. Mahal Sending prayers and hugs to his family .

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    Aida & Ado Cifric says

    Our deepest condolences to family and friends. We are very saddened to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor and human, looking out for us and helping us since day one we moved to this neighborhood. He will be dearly missed.

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    Paul & Robin Wallace says

    Dear Mahal Family
    My Wife Robin and I were so saddened to hear of Mr. Mahal’s
    Passing, and fear our words will do little to ease your pain. Please know we are Praying to our FATHER in Heaven to provide the Comfort only HE can, through Christ our LORD.
    GOD Bless You All, in Christ alone
    Paul & Robin Wallace

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    Chick and Linda Dimiceli says

    Theresa and Joe Saddened to hear of the passing of my neighbor customer and great friend Joe .He will be greatly missed.He was a special person that we had the pleasure of knowing for many years So many great memories God bless you old buddy

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    Linda and Dan Gardner says

    My deepest sympathy to the Mahal family. He was a great teacher and gentlemen of the finest sort. I loved his history classes in high school so much that I actually took one as an elective in my senior year. Over the years I had the pleasure of bumping into him at different events around town and he was always so gracious to my family and I.

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    Martin Walko says

    Mr. Mahal was always there for my parents, who were neighbors. Rest in peace & thank you for being a good man & good neighbor.
    Martin Walko

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    Tammy Crowley says

    So sorry for your loss Terry.

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    Theresa and family, Joe was my first contact teacher when I came to Hackettstown and he remained a friend until Bob and I moved to Myrtle Beach. He will surely be missed.
    Vicky Hing

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    James and Jeanette Newcomb says

    Good memories – from being my track coach, history teacher and then my fellow teacher, Joe lives on in the stories I told our children and now grandchildren. No one could do a better mean face or have a warmer heart. RIP, Joe.

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    Elena Dunn says

    Dear Terry
    Saw the notice of Joes passing and want to extend to you and your family our sincere sympathy. May you know so many are praying for you both.
    You have ment so much to me. Sincerely, Elena and Frank Dunn

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