Date of Passing: February 16th, 2008leave a condolence
Thomas Engel (Pappa Bear), 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the Katherine Luther Home in Clinton. He was born and educated in Lebanon, PA, the son of the late Stephen and Dorothy Reed Engel. At the tender age of 3, he lost his mother and remained in Lebanon until he joined the US Army. In New York City, while on leave from the army, he met Enid Goldstein and they married in 1957. Thomas raised his family in Brooklyn and later lived in Queens, Canada and settled in upstate New York in 1995. He was a member of the Kelley-Phillips American Legion Post #569 in Oriskany Falls. Daddy was a man of unshakable faith, his heart was pure and his will was strong. His favorite times were spent with his family and friends, sharing smiles and songs. He is survived by Enid of Brooklyn; three daughters and their spouses, Dorothy Engel of Utica, Diane Engel-Bradstock and Richard Young of Utica and Donna and Steven Young of Waterville; three sisters, Dorothy Schoen of Myerstown, PA, Betty Tangradi of Philadelphia, PA and Susan Greenwalt of York, PA; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Dana, Stephanie, Jaclyn, Sam, Jenna and Jonathan; two great grandchildren, Skyler and Deion; a special adopted grandson, Thomas; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends he met over the years. He was predeceased by a daughter, Debbie Engel; and a sister, Joan Trompeter. A memorial service will be held Thursday evening at 7 o'clock at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville, with Pastor Ed Townsend officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA. Calling hours are Thursday from 6-7, prior to the service. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God".