Loving husband, father, grandfather, Dr. Joseph E. Michaels, PhD, age 81, of Whitehall, formerly of Duquesne, passed away at home, on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. Born on October 13, 1939, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Margaret T. (Curran) Michaels. Joseph attended Duquesne High School and joined the Navy after graduating. Upon discharge from the Navy, he attended Duquesne University and earned a Bachelor’s degree. He went on to the University of Pittsburgh to earn his Master’s degree and Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD). He was a teacher, dean, and principal for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, most recently Overbrook Elementary and he retired from Spring Garden Elementary. He was active in the Baldwin-Whitehall community in the Baldwin Manor Association, local speaker for the Whitehall library on historical topics, volunteered at the election polls and founded the Whitehall Aviation Modeler Associations. He authored 3 books on aviation aircraft and was an avid photographer who built model airplanes and enjoyed aviation photography.
He was a member of the Duquesne-West Mifflin Knights of Columbus #4210 and was a former usher at Holy Name Church, Duquesne. A loving and giving family man, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, MaryAnn (Sabol) Michaels; children Brian Michaels of Washington, PA, Tyrone (Sara) Michaels of Baldwin, Allison (Jamie) Parker of Charlotte, NC, and Joseph B. (Heather) Michaels of Munhall; and grandchildren Jaclyn McIntyre, Madeline, Ashley, Joey Jr., Noel, Starr, Barron and Xander Michaels, Tanner, Connor and Matthew Parker, Presley and Aria Michaels, Brendon and Bailee Gazdag and Raina McIntosh. He was the brother of the late Dennis Michaels. Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 12-4 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 4:00 p.m officiated by Chaplain Maggie Stuart, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR. Inurnment will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, with Military Honors.
Originally published April 03, 2021.