Francis J. Mahoney, 90, of Danville, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at his residence. He was born on May 20, 1932, in Port Jervis, New York; the son of the late Joseph and Marie Mayan Mahoney.
Francis graduated from Danville Area High School in 1950. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University.
He served his country with honor in the United States Army.
He was married to the late Ramona Mottern Mahoney. They were married on August 30, 1952.
Francis was employed at Merck as a Training Manager from where he retired. Following his retirement, he was a substitute teacher. He taught English as a second language and was a religious education instructor.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Danville Moose, and the Danville Elks. Francis was also a member of the Friendship Fire Company, East End Fire Company, Southside Fire Company and Washington (Washies) Fire Company, Danville American Legion Post 40 and Danville VFW. He was a member of the Boy Scouts where he achieved the highest honor of Eagle Scout.
Francis enjoyed family and friends get togethers; teaching children, music, and conducting musical parades for the children at family reunions. He truly enjoyed desserts, especially cookies, family vacations and traveling after retirement. He was also an avid Notre Dame football fan. Francis was a devoted servant of God that he would selflessly volunteer his time to anyone in need. His greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a kind, caring, gentle soul who had a love for teaching children. When Francis was asked how his day was, he would always respond with a smile and “Every day is a good day.” Francis will be remembered for his wonderful smile, his beautiful spirit, and the joy he carried with him. You knew he loved the Lord without asking him. He wore it on his face and in his heart. He has left his family a beautiful legacy. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
He is survived by three daughters; Kathleen Livziey and her husband G. Keith; Cynthia Hoeger and her husband Matthew; and Christine Lynn and her husband Earl; all of Danville. Francis is also survived by six grandchildren; Carrie, Lauren, Jennifer, Vladimir, Megan and Seth as well as six great-grandchildren; Nathan, John, Grace, Erin, Logan and Will. He is also survived by one sister: Patricia Lechner of Needham, MA. Francis is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by eight siblings.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Mass to be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 11:00AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 68 Center Street, Danville, PA 17821 with Father Timothy Marcoe as celebrant. Friends will be received from 09:00-10:45am in St. Hubert’s Chapel. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Danville, PA. Military rites will be accorded by the Danville American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard and the United States Army National Honor Guard.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Beaver Free Library, 317 Ferry Street, Danville, PA 17821 or Columbia-Montour Council of Boy Scouts of America; online at Donate to Scouting - Columbia-Montour Council, BSA (columbiamontourbsa.org); 5 Audubon Court, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821. www.visneski.com.