HOOKSTOWN, Pa. - Norman H. Woodling, 93, of Hookstown (Greene Twp.), died Wednesday evening, Feb. 20, 2013, at Friendship Ridge Brighton Twp., with family at his side.
Born Sept. 3, 1919, in Sewickley, a son of the late Robert Harold and Catherine Margaret (Emmert) Woodling, he was a Veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marines having served during World War II. He started his working career at Western Auto Company in Westfield, N.Y., and moved back to Pennsylvania to be with his and his wife's family, starting a career at Crucible Steel in Midland, from which he retired after 32 years of service on July 30, 1980. He was a longtime and very active member of the Mill Creek United Presbyterian Church, having formerly served there as an elder and deacon. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts of America. He was an avid bird watcher, fisherman, gardener and hunter and had volunteered his time giving tours at the Raccoon Wildflower Reserve Center. He was a very loving and kind gentleman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Nancy K. Woodling; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla Ulbrich.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Virginia L. (Winters) Woodling, the couple were married Dec. 31, 1943. Also surviving are his children and their spouses, Nancy L. (Mike) Skiba of Yorkville, Ohio; David N. (Bernice) Woodling of Hookstown; Philip J. (Pam) Woodling of Hookstown and Eileen R. (Burt) Danoff of Weston, Fla.; a sister, Dorothy and her late husband Lewis Lyons of Hookstown; a brother, Donald E. (Shirley) Woodling of Hookstown; 13 grandchildren, Lorraine Gaumer; Susan (Frank) McFadden; Adrian Jr. (Amy) Cunningham; Jeremy (Kristin) Woodling; Alyssa (Dan) Hickman; Jacob (Breanna) Woodling; Trisha Ulbrich; Mary Melnick; Robert (Kelly) Melick; and Ryan, Shawn, Chase and Madison Danoff; 18 great-grandchildren, Brandon, Brittni, Evan, Emma, Leigha, Audrey, Amber, Kaitlyn, Grace, Isabel, Daniel, Sara, Jonah, Reese, John, Lance, Madelyn and Kaylin; and a great-great-granddaughter, Bailee Woodling.
Family and friends are welcome to call from 6-8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 3 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the McConnell Funeral Home, 447 Pine Street, Hookstown, Pa. Daniel M. McConnell, Owner-Director.
Everyone is asked to meet at the Mill Creek United Presbyterian Church, 5005 state Route 151, Hookstown, Pa. 15050 at 11 a.m. Monday, where his services will be held. His pastor, the Rev. Nathan Weller, will officiate.
Interment will follow in Mill Creek Hill Cemetery, Georgetown.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the nurses and staff on 2 West at Friendship Ridge for their loving care and compassion extended to Norman during his stay there. Along with a thank you for the great and gentle care of a friend, Connie Tate.
Memorials in his name may be made to the Mill Creek United Presbyterian Church, 5005 state Route 151, Hookstown, PA 15050.