Joseph E Heltzel obituary 1946~2022


Joseph E Heltzel, 75, formerly of Gettysburg, PA went to be with the Lord Sunday evening, August 7, 2022 at UPMC Harrisburg Hospital.

Joseph E Heltzel
Joseph E Heltzel

Born November 15, 1946 in Gettysburg, PA he was the son of the late Lawrence and Genevieve “Jeannie” (Brackett) Heltzel.

He was the husband of Grace (Lunsford) Heltzel, of New Oxford, PA to whom he was married to for 47 years.

Mr. Heltzel was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA. He was a graduate of Delone Catholic High School and York College of PA.

He was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving two tours during the Vietnam War. After his discharge he worked for 32 years as a program manager at the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot. He was a member of the Gettysburg American Legion Post 202 and the Gettysburg VFW Post 15. In his free time he enjoyed travelling, dancing, and bowling.

In addition to his wife, Joseph is survived by five siblings, Anna Colbert, of Lancaster, PA, Nancy Miller, of Hanover, PA, Janet Plank, of Gettysburg, PA, James Heltzel, of Mauerstown, VA, Thomas Heltzel, of Zionsville, IN, his step-son, Jamie Warner, of New Oxford, PA, three step-grandchildren, Todd McDaniel, James Warner, Jr., Rebecca Warner, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held for Joseph, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 20, 2022 at St. James Lutheran Church 109 York St., Gettysburg, PA with Rev. Andrew Geib officiating.

Burial with full military honors being presented by the Adams County Allied Veterans will be in St. Luke Cemetery, Littlestown, PA.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday morning at the church.

The Monahan Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements and online condolences may be made at the funeral home’s website.



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