Dr. Joseph Gnall died March 4, 2021, after recent health complications. Yet, his most debilitating health issue has been that of a "broken heart" after losing his beloved wife and soul mate, MaryAnn, in 2015. It is extremely difficult to discuss one without the other. Married for 51 years, the two were inseparable and completely dedicated to family. Left behind is a legacy of five children, 13 grandchildren and a soon expected great-granddaughter: Kimberly A. Gnall; Joseph J. and wife, Kimberly Hurchick Gnall; David and wife, Dr. Michele Domiano-Gnall; Jason and fiancée, Renee Powell; Dr. Eric and wife, Dr. Kate Riley Gnall; grandkids, Jason and wife, Lindsay; Christopher and partner, Gina LaRose; Natalie, Makayla, Morgan, Nathaniel, Joseph T., Ashley, Dimitri, Nigel, Natalya, Allessondra, Ben and Grace.
Surviving are sister, Joan Hendershot and husband, Blair; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Dorin and Sylvia Hubiak; brother-in-law, John Dorin and wife, Ann Marie.
Joseph was a graduate of Taylor High School class of 1954, attended the University of Scranton, received his bachelor's degree from Alma White College in 1959, and his doctorate in chiropractic medicine from the Chiropractic Institute of New York. As a chiropractor, Joseph has served hundreds of patients over his 61 years in practice. Born and raised in Taylor, Pa., the son of Joseph and Helen Gnall, "Doc" opened his practice in Taylor intending to serve his community not knowing that he would come to serve people from miles around.
Dr. Gnall played an amazingly active role in countless organizations, recently receiving a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association. He served as the board president of this association and played an integral role in Senate Bill 443 whereas BlueCross insurance finally recognized chiropractic medicine. He served on the board of then, Lackawanna Junior College, playing a major role in securing its present location and setting the college on a renewed path for success. For many years he served as president of St. George's Orthodox Church in Taylor, where he was a lifelong member. He was a longtime member of the Acacia Masonic Lodge 579, Taylor. His accomplishments are far too many to mention today, but if ever asked, he'd tell you that he was most proud of the family and the life that he and MaryAnn built together. He had no hobbies; taking care of and healing people was his hobby. His greatest enjoyment came from knowing that his family was safe, well cared for and supported each one in their own life's journey. Truly, he was the greatest dad and most dedicated loving husband.
The Gnall family thanks all those who have passed through their father's life. Dad cared for each of you as though you were family, forming lifelong friendships with so many, his, was truly a caring and personal family practice. We could not be more proud of our dad and the life he led.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Jones; baby, Jessica; and wife, MaryAnn. He leaves behind a big family and his faithful companion, his boxer, Broadie.
Family and friends are invited to attend Dr. Joe's viewing, which will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Semian Funeral Home LLC, 704 Union St., Taylor. Masonic services will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. The funeral will be private on Monday in St. George's Orthodox Church, 743 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. Interment, parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Adopt-A-Boxer Rescue, P.O. Box 154, Olyphant, PA 18447; or to St. George's Orthodox Church, Cemetery Fund, 743 S. Keyser Ave. Taylor, PA 18517.
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