Joseph Halchin

Science Teacher

Joseph Halchin, 99, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016, at Mt. Vernon Personal Care Home in Elizabeth. Mr. Halchin was born Feb. 1, 1917, in McKees Rocks, a son of the late Nicholas and Rosalia (Swadlo) Halchin. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marie C. Halchin, on July 4, 2010.

Mr. Halchin was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. He was a teacher at the Punxsutawney Area High School for 38 years, where he taught physics. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Edinboro in 1939, master’s degree in education in 1949 from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He was very talented in woodworking and enjoyed giving his creations to family, friends and church members. He was a dedicated teacher, as well as a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by a son, David Halchin and wife Michelle of Summerfield, North Carolina; three daughters, Jane Halchin and Jim Voytas of Burton, Ohio, Linda Chomas and husband Louis of Greenock and Bonnie Halchin-Smith and husband Pat Smith of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Louis Chomas and wife Ann Marie McKenzie, Gretchen Chomas, Jake Chomas, Stephanie Halchin, Nick Halchin, Emma Halchin and Callie Halchin; three brothers, Frank Halchin and wife Carol of Des Plaines, Illinois, Henry Halchin of Cleveland, Ohio, and William Halchin of Texas; and a sister, Kathryn Brown of Seattle, Washington. In addition to his wife, Marie, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Ann Halchin; a sister, Virginia Witterman; and two brothers, John and Matthew Halchin.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, with Pastor Doug Dyson officiating, with interment in North Point Cemetery, North Point, Penn. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Sue Ann Halchin Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Development Office, Old Main Room 106, New Wilmington, PA 16142.

Online condolences may be made at There Marilyn Stein Underhill wrote the following: Mr. Halchin was an excellent teacher with a calm and caring demeanor. I still use his class example of leverage to gain strength when opening something. As a retired teacher I appreciate him in a professional way as well as a personal way. Sincere sympathies for his family.