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Obituary for John "Johnny" Mandel

John Paul “Johnny” Mandel, 64, of Glass City (rural Philipsburg) passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. Born on May 17, 1957 in Philipsburg, he was the son of John and Ann (Jones) Mandel, who survive at home. John was a 1975 graduate of Philipsburg-Osceola High School and received his certificate in welding from Penn State University. He was a welder by trade, having worked at Hoffman’s, and he taught welding for many years at the former Clearfield Vo-Tech (now CCCTC). A devoted teacher, his health forced him to resign in 2012, at which time he became the recipient of a lung transplant. He was grateful for this life-saving gift and became an organ donor himself. He gave generously to any wildlife and Native American charity. Johnny was always willing to help others. John was a member of the First Church of Christ and strong supporter of Ducks Unlimited. A dedicated caretaker to his parents, he enjoyed going to the family cottage which he referred to as his “happy place”. He loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing. Feeding the deer and birds was also a daily past time. He fought a valiant struggle for many years, but is now free from pain. He is now in the eternal “Happy Place” with those who have gone before him including his good friend and brother James Edward (“Jimmy”), grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and his beagles. In addition to his parents, John is survived by a sister Linda Mandel Clemente and her husband Jude of Albany, NY and four nieces and nephews Tory John Clemente, Mandel Jude Clemente, Jacob Anthony Clemente and Lydia Rose Clemente. Friends will be received at the First Church of Christ, 1437 Tyrone Pike, Philipsburg, on Monday, October 18 from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm and on Tuesday, October 19 from 10:30am until the hour of service at 11:30am. John will be laid to rest next to his brother at the Philipsburg Cemetery. Those wishing to remember John in a special way, may send a contribution to the First Church of Christ c/o Edith Shimmel Missionary Society, 1437 Tyrone Pike, Philipsburg, PA 16866 or to St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 100, Chamberlain, SD 57325. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Arrangements are under the care of the Dahlgren-Spewock Funeral Home, Inc., 228 N. Centre St. Philipsburg, PA 16866.