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John "Jack" E. Mulfinger Jr.

Monday, February 23rd, 1953 - Sunday, May 12th, 2019
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Obituary

John “Jack” E. Mulfinger, Jr., 66, of State College, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born in Bellefonte, on February 23, 1953, he was the son of the late John E. Mulfinger, Sr. and Gertrude (Poorman) Mulfinger. On May 28, 1983, in Spring Township, he married the love of his life, Christine (Bratton) Mulfinger, who survives at home after sharing 35 years of marriage together.

Jack was a 1971 graduate of Bellefonte High School and the Centre County Vocational and Technical School, in the electronics department. Before his retirement, he worked for PPL Gas Utilities as a safety and training manager.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his one daughter, Stephanie Kennis Lambert, of Maine; and two sisters, Linda Musser and Bonnie Moyer (Lee), all of State College. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was a member of the Bellefonte Elks Lodge #1094, American Red Cross, where he was a past Disaster Relief Captain, RSVP, and Central PA 4th Fest. He was also a member of the American Wine Society; he won gold, silver and bronze medals at national and regional competitions. Additionally, he was a former member of the Bellefonte Jaycees, where he was past President and District Director.

He enjoyed classic cars, especially the 1965 Mustang the he previously owned. He was an avid fly fisherman and golfer. He loved to grill and will be remembered as the amazing cook that he was!

Graveside services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 11am, at Pleasant Gap Lutheran Cemetery with Pastor Crystal Baumgardner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s memory to any of the following: American Red Cross at 205 E. W. Beaver Avenue Suite 203, State College, PA 16801 or the Cleveland Clinic/Philanthropy Institute - Sarcoidosis Center at PO Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, May 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, May 17th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Pleasant Gap Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Township
    Address
    Spring Township
    Spring Township, PA
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    Officiant
    Pastor Crystal Baumgardner
  • Interment

    Location
    Pleasant Gap Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Township
    Address
    Spring Township
    Spring Township, PA
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Anne Bliss

Posted at 07:40am
Christine and Steph, I was saddened to read about Jack's passing. I was lucky to have him as a guest at the Red Horse Tavern, always busting me about something. He was always a character I looked forward to serving. I hope you were surrounded by much love and support on Friday. I'm sorry I couldn't make it. Hugs await both of you when I see you again. Anne Bliss
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rose owens

Posted at 10:49am
Dear Chris & Family, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on Jack's passing. I wish I could join you at the service, but other duties have called me. He will surely be remembered as a quick witted, kind and loving person who makes one heck of a bottle of wine.... My sympathy, Rosalie Owens
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Tom Long

Posted at 09:02pm
I'll miss my friend Jack. He was often irreverent, sometimes rowdy, could wisecrack and be sarcastic with the best! But inside was a heart of gold who did what needed to be done. Whether it was within his professional work or his solid community support, Jack always brought his A-game. And he encouraged by his example for others to do so. From managing a successful business, to building his own home, he never backed away from a challenge or a goal to improve lives for those he knew and cared for. I'm one of those lives who benefited from Jack. Because he lived the Jaycee Creed..."That service to humanity, is the best work of life." Godspeed, Jack. Save me a seat at the bar and open a tab.
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Barbara Vanderstappen

Posted at 08:28pm
We first met Jack (and Chris) thru our mutual membership in the Bellefonte Area Jaycees. We spent many years going to quarterly Jaycee conventions, attending parties and picnics, working on community projects, and just hanging out together as friends. Jack had an amazing sense of humor and we all were at the receiving end of his pranks at one time or another. He was very dedicated to Jaycees and any office he held in the organization. We always knew we could count on Jack to get a job done and done well. When he ventured into winemaking, we were more than eager to try his different flavors. One, in particular, his peach apricot, was a favorite. I was going through our large collection of Bellefonte Area Jaycee photos over the years and seeing Jack in them brought back such fond and happy memories of our times together. We’re all deeply saddened to lose such a wonderful person and good friend. We are better people for having known him and having him in our lives and are fortunate to be able to say he was our friend. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with Chris, Steph, his extended family, and many, many friends. (The photo is from two years ago at our annual Good Friday/Good Friday luncheon at the Red Horse. We all knew that every Good Friday at noon a group would be there for lunch, drinks, and friendship. Sadly, Jack wasn't able to join us this year and was deeply missed.) With Deepest Sympathy, Barb & Pete Vanderstappen, Lebanon, PA
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Barbara Vanderstappen

Posted at 08:28pm
We first met Jack (and Chris) thru our mutual membership in the Bellefonte Area Jaycees. We spent many years going to quarterly Jaycee conventions, attending parties and picnics, working on community projects, and just hanging out together as friends. Jack had an amazing sense of humor and we all were at the receiving end of his pranks at one time or another. He was very dedicated to Jaycees and any office he held in the organization. We always knew we could count on Jack to get a job done and done well. When he ventured into winemaking, we were more than eager to try his different flavors. One, in particular, his peach apricot, was a favorite. I was going through our large collection of Bellefonte Area Jaycee photos over the years and seeing Jack in them brought back such fond and happy memories of our times together. We’re all deeply saddened to lose such a wonderful person and good friend. We are better people for having known him and having him in our lives and are fortunate to be able to say he was our friend. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with Chris, Steph, his extended family, and many, many friends. (The photo is from two years ago at our annual Good Friday/Good Friday luncheon at the Red Horse. We all knew that every Good Friday at noon a group would be there for lunch, drinks, and friendship. Sadly, Jack wasn't able to join us this year and was deeply missed.) With Deepest Sympathy, Barb & Pete Vanderstappen, Lebanon, PA
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