ROCK HILL -- Mr. Mugele, 86, of Rock Hill died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at his home surrounded by his family.
A funeral mass to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church in Rock Hill. Burial will be private.
Mr. Mugele was born July 30, 1921 in Niagra Falls, N.Y., at his family's summer home. He was the fourth son of the late Charles Frederick Mugele and Stella Talbot Mugele. He was preceded in death by his four brothers, Frederick, Robert, Charles and Richard. He grew up and attended private schools in Pittsburgh, Pa.
After graduating from Duquesne Preparatory School in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mr. Mugele was accepted to Duke University at the age of 16. While matriculating at Duke, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in Economics and was accepted to Harvard Law School. Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served his country as a First Lieutenant as Navigator and Bombadier during World War II in the European Theatre. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Mr. Mugele spent his entire professional career serving the needs of others as an Executive Director of the United Way in Pittsburgh, Pa., Long Island, N.Y., and Charlotte, N.C. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church and was instrumental in developing the campaign to raise funds to erect the new church in 1992. He also served St. Anne Church as an usher and was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.
Thomas was a kind, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy F. Mugele; four daughters, Patricia M. Biggs (Randall) of Rock Hill, Kathleen M. Drennan (Judson) of Florence, S.C., Michele M. Iovanna (Paul) of Rock Hill and Beth M. Stewart (Stan) of Monroe, N.C.; grandchildren, Chrissie B. Blades (Brett) of Catawba, S.C., Thomas J. Biggs of Indian Trail, N.C., Paul N. Iovanna of Rock Hill, Katie I. Williamson (Jason) of Rock Hill and Chase and Cole Stewart of Monroe, N.C.; and his great-grandchild, Anthony James Biggs of Indian Trail, N.C.
There will be a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 followed by visitation until 7:30 p.m. at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill, SC 29730; Serenity Palliative & Hospice Care, 223 S. Herlong Ave., Suite 110, Rock Hill, SC 29732 or to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.