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John Paul Mall (Pap), passed peacefully surrounded by his wife of 60 years, Mary Louise (Malic) Mall and family after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Thirty years ago, he won his first battle with another cancer and was determined to beat this one, too.
He was born in Pittsburgh on March 24, 1938 to William and Margaret Henry Mall. John, known as Jack to his family, graduated from Shaler High School and the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He met the love of his life, Mary Lou, in high school and they wed on August 22, 1959 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Glenshaw, PA. John began his career at Armco Steel in 1960 and worked for 30 years as an engineer, management negotiator, and plant manager. He successfully negotiated three contracts with the union during that time. After that, he spent five years at Calgon Carbon in Pittsburgh as a project manager, and finally as a private consultant. His main customer was the BAIU with whom he had previously negotiated those three contracts, and his integrity and expertise during those early contracts led to the union hiring him later as their consultant. He was also a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).
John was always serving others starting as a Fresh Air camp counselor in high school, and as a volunteer fireman in high school and college. He also worked at his grandfather’s company, Northside Packing. John was a founding and active member of the Butler Area Sewer and Water Authority until its sale some 40 years later to Pennsylvania American Water. Additionally, he was president, coach, and builder of several of the fields at Adelman Field of Butler Township Baseball. Along with his wife he served over the years as prom chair, and basketball, tennis, cross-country, and band booster for his children’s teams. He was also a faithful attendee of Butler Township meetings and served on committees as needed.
But John was most proud of his three children, Denise (Tom) Chybrzynski of Butler, Glenn (Dyan) Mall of Melbourne, Fl, and Steve (Joni) Mall of Annapolis, MD and eight grandchildren; Tom Chybrzynski (Nikki McGuire) of Erie, PA, Christian Chybrzynski of Butler, Cassandra Mall (Steve Young) of Edmund St. Bury, England, Kevin Mall of Columbus, MS, Kendall Mall of Tampa, FL, Julie Mall and Megan Mall of New Braunfels, TX , and John Mall of Annapolis, MD. He always enjoyed attending their athletic events in several states. He was so proud of their outstanding collegiate and career accomplishments and looked forward to seeing what they would do next. He was especially looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild in England in late July. His sons and several grandchildren served/are serving as officers in the Air Force and Navy, and he proudly flew the flag every day.
One of John’s fondest memories was assisting his brother Bill in building a Vans airplane, and then flying the plane across the United States on a weeklong adventure in 2004, as well as a trip through California. And John was known is the family as an animal whisperer. Cats, dogs, and wild rabbits and birds-they all gravitated toward him and he had fond memories of the many family pets.
He is survived by his brother Maj. Gen. USAF (ret.) William Mall of Fullerton, CA, his sister Carol (Paul) Schake of Fort Mills, SC, his brother James (Cathy) Mall of Pittsburgh PA, along with many nieces and nephews, in-laws, and cousins.
Friends will be received from the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham St. Butler, PA 16001 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Friday at 10.00 am from St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 432 Center Avenue, Butler, PA 16001. Rev. Kevin Fazio, Pastor, to officiate.
Donations may be made to the Butler County Humane Society at 1015 Evans City Rd, Renfrew, PA 16053 or Good Samaritan Hospice at 134 Marwood Rd., Cabot, PA 16023.