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Immaculate Conception Church
Saturday July 24th, 2021
9:45am - 11:00am

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Joseph J. O'Hala

Joseph J. O’Hala passed from this life at his home, on Tuesday, April 14th after a battle with congestive heart failure. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Millie O’Hala, his son, David R. O’Hala, his parents, Joseph J. and Mary (Folcik) O’Hala, his brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Alice O’Hala and his sister, Margaret (O’Hala) Crombie. He is survived by his brother, Richard O’Hala and his wife Lois, and his brother-in-law, David Crombie. He leaves behind his children, Catherine and Andrew Tichow, Margaret and Bradford Thomas, Joseph Michael and Kimberly O’Hala and Matthew and Susan O’Hala. He leaves grandchildren, Eric and Deirdre O’Hala, Sarah and Trevor Ebaugh, Patrick O’Hala, Michelle O’Hala, Emily and Jeremy Newell, Christopher Thomas, Alison and Thomas Murray, Michael Tichow and great-grandchildren, Zoey Ebaugh, Emillie Murray, Ethan O’Hala and Steven O’Hala. Joe is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and cherished friends.

Joe was born on July 24, 1929 and lived a full and happy life in Southington, Connecticut. After serving his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, Joe returned home and discovered his love of floriculture, which became his life’s work. He was a talented and highly respected grower of seasonal cut flowers and flowering plants. To visit one of his greenhouses at Nyren Brothers Wholesale Florist, when filled with poinsettias before Christmas, was a beautiful experience. He took great pride in the quality of his products and truly loved his work.

Joe was also a gifted athlete. As a young man he excelled at football and baseball, but his great love was golf. He was a longtime member of Southington Country Club and he was able to enjoy playing golf until he was 87. He loved the fact that from age 66 through 86, he was able to “score his age” at least once a season. Joe was often invited to join local pros in pro-am tournaments and consequently had the chance to play most of the finest public and private country clubs in Connecticut. He and Millie also enjoyed playing many outstanding golf courses in their retirement travels. A high point in these travels was an opportunity to see a match at The Masters Tournament.

Joe and Millie most of all were devoted to each other and their family. Their home in Southington was always filled with family gatherings, wonderful food and hospitality. Joe and Millie were life long and active members at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and in fact, were in the same First Holy Communion Class together. They were high school sweethearts and an inspiration of true and life long love to all who knew them. They were both active members of the Falcon Club Nest 307, where they had many deep friendships and enjoyed great fun.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 130 Summer St, Plantsville. Immediately following the service, family and friends are welcome to the Back 9 Tavern for refreshment and gathering. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.

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Our deepest sympathy to Cathy, Peggy, Mike, and Matt, and all of the O'Hala family. Your Dad was such a wonderful person and we will keep him in our prayers and in our hearts. He always had a smile and a kind word whenever we saw him. And I have such good memories of growing up with all the O'Hala family, and couldn't wait for Holidays at your Grandparent's so we could all be together. Rest in Peace Joe!

Susan & Pete Orofino Apr 22 2020 12:00 AM

I have fond memories of Mr. OHala from my high school days with Peggy . He always made me feel welcome at their home with his gentle demeanor . I had the opportunity to see him many times at Nyrens, it was a pleasure to see him in the atmosphere he loved and excelled at.
My heartfelt sympathy to all the OHalas.

Robin Palazzo Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

I have wonderful memories of good times together. I will keep Joe in my prayers. My deepest sympathy to all the O'Hala family.

Cioci Mary Folcik Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the entire O'Hala family...I'll always remember Joe as one of the nicest, classiest men I've ever known...he was a wonderful part of our close knit neighborhood, filled with lasting memories one can never forget. We were all so very lucky to have you in our lives.

Jennifer Klepacki Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

To the OHala family,
I want to send my deepest sympathy to the entire OHala family. Mr OHala was a nice man and a true gentleman. We would chat when he would come to JFK to see his grandkids play sports. I would see him at Southington Country Club enjoying the sport he loved. My condolences to all.

Anne Chubet-Mangiacopra Apr 18 2020 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for all who loved him. He was such a nice man and was well loved.

Christine Valcour Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

Our condolences to the O'Hala family. Joe was a wonderful family man and a true gentleman. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Joe. Phil and Carol Scarfo

pcscarfo@msn.com Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Joe these last couple of years. We had many great talks together especially about family. I will truly miss him. May you rest in peace Joe n im sure your devoted Millie is waiting for you with open arms. God bless you my friend.

Joanne salerno Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with our cousins as we mourn the loss of Uncle Joe. We were so blessed to share in his 90th birthday and be together. May you find peace & comfort in all the wonderful memories of him.
Much love to you all.

John and Patty Crowley Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

Joe gave me my fist job working at Nyren Bros. He taught me so much of what it means to be a good employee. He also passed down many points about growing beautiful plants and flowers. I can still remember the time I received my first raise, 10 cent's. But I really knew I made the cut the first time he bought me a beer at the club. My deepest sympathy for the whole family. Test in peace Joe.

Bill Hanson Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

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