Thomas A. Pfahles


Thomas W. Pfahles, 90, of New Castle passed away peacefully the evening of Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Shenango on the Green in New Wilmington.
He was born April 14, 1929, in New Castle, a son of the late Andrew and Marie (McNamara) Pfahles.
A lifelong area resident, he graduated from New Castle High School in 1947. Tom earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Youngstown State University in 1952.
Upon graduation, he served in the Army during the Korean War. While in the service, Tom took part in the atomic warfare training at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada.
He began his engineering career with Carbon Limestone in Hillsville and later worked for several other successful companies, including Pickands Mather Group and the Essroc Corporation - Italcementi Group, retiring in 1992.
Tom enjoyed the opportunities his job gave him to work in many interesting destinations throughout North and South America, and was a registered member of the Professional Engineers of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Tom was a member of Mary, Mother of Hope Parish in New Castle.
He enjoyed tinkering at his work station and building mantle clocks for family and friends.
Tom's greatest joy came from spending time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, the former Phyllis Jean Moul, whom he married Nov. 6, 1954; four daughters, Susan M. Pfahles of New Castle, Patricia (Randall) Bauer of Wexford, Pennsylvania, Kathy (Gregory) Reba of Cranberry, Pennsylvania, and Andrea (John) Hutchens of Herndon, Virginia; a brother, William Pfahles of New Castle; a sister-in-law, Betty Pfahles of New Castle; two grandsons, Alexander Reba and Aaron Hutchens; and two granddaughters, Katherine Bauer and Michele Pfahles.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by three brothers, Andrew, Philip and Frederick Pfahles; and two sisters, Virginia Kuhn and Katherine Melnick.
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation, Box 7669, Atlanta, Ga. 30357-0669.
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Published on May 13, 2019
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Greg Pfahles
May 18, 2019
I feel for all of your family in sorrow for the passing of Uncle Tom. I will always remember him so well for the things he assisted me in life. He possessed the drive, desire and determination to do his best. He was extremely talented in the things he could do at home. He helped me with math and science problems throughout various stages of school and helped me with various projects when I was in the cub scouts and boy scouts. He always actively listened to me and made constructive suggestions. Talk about being compassionate - He was there waiting for me at the Pittsburgh Airport when I received a call that my mother had taken a turn for the worst in the local hospital. He truly left b...ehind a legacy. I will always remember him and feel most fortunate to have known him all these years. Your grief will be shared by many.Read more
Janet Ryczaj
May 14, 2019
So sorry to hear about your dad passing. I will always remember his great stories about all the trips your family took. I loved seeing all the great pictures he took. It made me want to see it all too.