Joseph Thomas Willy passed away on Saturday, November 11. He was born
in Columbia on September 26, 1941, to the late Joseph John Willy and
the late Helen Minnich Willy.
"Joe" was a member of the 1960
graduating class of Columbia and was employed by the Lancaster
Newspaper, a job that he enjoyed, for over 40 years. He is the husband
of Michaelene Doyle Willy, whom he married on Saturday, November 21,
"Joe" was always reading. He enjoyed a variety of topics and
willingly shared his acquired knowledge with others. Before brain
cancer that had metastasized from his lung curbed his activities, "Joe"
could be found gardening with information, acquired from frequent trips
to Longwood and Winterthur.
"spare time" was also filled with walking, woodworking, listening to
music, attending symphonies and traveling (trips to Italy, Ireland, and
Scotland were among his favorites).
His love of music ranged from
selections by the group Chicago to George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"
to works by Prokofiev. The Broadway Musicals, "Phantom" and "Les Mis",
were among his favorites.
"Joe's" trips to New York City with his
friends and discussions of "foods sampled there" were always a source of
fun for weeks afterwards.
"Joe" was a compassionate, considerate man who enjoyed living, laughing, and learning.
He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and served as one of the church's ushers.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Holy Trinity Catholic
Church, Fourth and Cherry Streets, Columbia, PA on Thursday, November
16, 2017 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Fr. Stephen P. Kelley as Celebrant.
Final Commendation and Farewell will be in Holy Trinity Catholic
Cemetery. A viewing will be held on Thursday at the Church from 9:00 AM –
10:00 AM. The Rosary will be recited at 9:20AM.
request that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions in Joe's memory
may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA
17604-4125. This community is truly blessed to have Hospice as its
Arrangements by Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., Columbia/Landisville.