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Neal R. McGonigal
1946-2024

Neal R. McGonigal, age 77, of Watkins Glen, NY, died June 17, 2024 at home.

Born June 25, 1946, in Jersey Shore, PA, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Hilda. J (Poust) McGonigal. He was a 1964 graduate of Clearfield Area High School, Clearfield, PA, and a 1973 graduate of the Penn State University.

Neal served his country in the U.S. Army, obtaining the rank of sergeant, and served a thirteen-and-a-half month tour in Vietnam. He was a member and past deacon of the First Church of Christ, Lock Haven, PA and in 2014 became a member of Saint Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, Watkins Glen, NY.

Mr. McGonigal retired in 2009 from Keystone Central School District, Lock Haven, PA where he was Assistant Business Manager/Board Treasurer. Previous employment included Piper Aircraft Corporation - Manager Financial Reporting and International Paper Company - Manager Financial Systems and Control.

Neal served the community youth programs coaching in the Lock Haven Pony League, the Mill Hall AYSO Soccer program, coach and president of the Mill Hall Youth League Baseball, and as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bald Eagle Nittany High School Boys Soccer Team.

Surviving is his wife, the former Marie Zastawny Hammond, of Watkins Glen, NY/Oswego, NY. He is also survived by his son, Brian N. McGonigal and his wife Paula-grandsons Zachary and Dylan of Kylertown, PA; son Brent R. McGonigal and his wife Erin-granddaughters Kiara, Lily and Charleigh of Mill Hall, PA. He is also survived by his sister Doris J. (David) Mitnick of Suffolk, VA; and step-son, Thomas (Joanne) Hammond of Oswego, NY; step-daughter Kristina Noyes and granddaughter Sara Noyes of Oswego, NY; and a great-grandson due in the fall.

The family will receive friends at the Gedon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LLC, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven, PA on Monday (June 24th) from 6 pm-8 pm; and on Wednesday (June 26th) from 10 am-11 am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church 905 N. Decatur St. in Watkins Glen. A funeral mass will be held in his honor at 11:00 am at the church; followed by military honors and burial at Lake View Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

Visitation

St. Mary’s of the Lake Parish
905 N. Decatur St
Watkins Glen, NY, 14891
(607) 535-2786

Service/Mass

St. Mary’s of the Lake Parish
905 N. Decatur St
Watkins Glen, NY, 14891
(607) 535-2786

Funeral Home in Charge

Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
212 East 4th Street
Watkins Glen, NY, 14891
(607) 535-4331
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