Wendel (Wimp) LaVern Engel, 81, formerly of Williamsport, went to his eternal home on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.
Born April 9, 1932, in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Wendel J. and Helen (Bonner) Engel.
Wendel married the former Mary Lou Musheno, from Williamsport in November 1955; they celebrated 57 years together last year. Wendel was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in 1950, where he played basketball, and Williamsport Area Community College in 1970, now Penn College, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. His career included positions at Bethlehem Steel, Lakes to Sea Bus Service and English Model Railroad. He and his wife retired to Bradenton, Fla., in 2007 where he enjoyed riding his golf cart, watching ball games, and being close to his brother-in-law, Francis Musheno (Butch), sister-in-law (Carol) and their children, Cherie Musheno Albrecht and Michelle Musheno Williams.
He was a faithful Catholic, serving St. Boniface Parish, where his church ham dinners were famous. Wendel was an active member of the Keystone League and the Republican Club in Williamsport and was a major fan of Little League Baseball.
In addition to his wife, Mary Lou, the love of his life, Wendel is survived by his daughter, Susan, and his son-in-law, Brian, of Laytonsville, Md.; his son, Patrick, of Louisiana; and his beloved nephews and nieces and their spouses and children. He was proceeded in death by his brother, John F. Engel, and his sister, Helen M. Moon.
Friends and family may call at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday Oct. 17 and a funeral mass will be led by Msgr. McGough at St. Boniface Catholic Church on Washington Boulevard in Williamsport on Friday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m., with burial at Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. Friends and family are invited to join the family at a lunch of remembrance at Wendel's niece's home, Sharon Engel Clapper at 2119 Heim Hill Road, Montoursville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts of sympathy and rememberance should be directed to the National Institutes of Health, Children's Inn of Bethesda, Md., at www.childrensinn.org.www.CrouseFuneralHome.com