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Joseph P.  Wall

Obituary for Joseph P. Wall

July 8, 1927 - October 26, 2016
Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania | Age 89


Joseph P. Wall of Meadowbrook, formerly of Jenkintown, passed away at Holy Redeemer Hospital on October 26, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his beloved sister Margaret Merlini. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, friends and adopted families along with thousands of children around the world who escaped the clutches of an abortion clinic on account that Joe was there to advocate on their behalf. Joe was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Edward Wall and his sisters, Marie Coulter and Ann Hussie.

Born July 8, 1927, he was the loving son of Nora [nee McAndrew] and Edward John Wall. The youngest of six, Joe had some big shoes to fill. Both of his older brothers served in WWII and his oldest sister was the first female air traffic controller in the country. In Joe's pursuit to follow his siblings' footsteps he became a pilot while attending North Catholic High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted into the Army Air-Corp and entered service the day his sister Margaret was married August 4, 1945.

Joe continued his catholic education after his stint in the military. He matriculated into Villanova College, now University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting, 1951.

His career eventually brought him to the City of Philadelphia's Comptroller's Office as an auditor. There he worked until his retirement. However, his career did not define him.

Joe's first commitment was to the well-being of his mother. He cared for his mother until her death in 1974.

Joe Wall was so very proud of his Irish heritage. He spoke often of his visits to Ireland. As an avid historian, he researched both his family ancestry and the Gaelic culture. Eventually, he learned to speak Gaelic. As a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St Patrick's Day was cause to celebrate and he never missed the annual party at the home of his nephew, Peter Hussie.

Beyond his passion for his Irish heritage was a devotion to his Catholic faith and the dignity of life. He lived his beliefs! A true testament to "He did not just talk the talk, he walked the walk."

His love for Latin brought him, along with his faith, to seek out and attend the Tridentine Mass every Sunday.

Early on in life, Joe became an advocate for the dignity of life. A major concern to Joe was that the unborn needed an advocate and he decided to give his life to this cause. As an advocate for the unborn, Joe traveled throughout the world, training others to protect and defend the unborn. He suffered a great deal and was imprisoned seventeen times in eleven different countries. One could say he was an expert in local penal systems throughout the world! He would often quip "You can judge the kindness of the local people on how they treated prisoners."

If you were fortunate to have walked with Joe, you experienced his intellect, his wit, and true faithfulness to his beliefs. A devout soldier of Christ!

Relatives and friends are invited to share in Joe's Life Celebration Saturday, October 29th, starting 8:30 AM followed by his funeral mass 10:30 AM at The church of the Immaculate Conception, 602 West Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Joe's memory to the Pro Life Union, 88 Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland, PA 19075 would be greatly appreciated by his family.

To share your fondest memory of Joe visit Family service by Craft/Givnish of Abington.

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  • Pro Life Union
    88 Pennsylvania Ave.
    Oreland, PA 19075

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1801 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001
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