Joseph S. Gelgot, 53, Hess Agency insurance broker, active at LCBC, former Manheim Lions president

By on March 29, 2017

Joseph “Joe” S. Gelgot, 53, of Lititz, and formerly of Manheim and Hazleton, died peacefully on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Lititz.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of Joe and Joanne (Kushmeder) Gelgot of Mountaintop. Joe was the beloved husband of Cynthia (Cindy) Socha-Gelgot, formerly of Hazleton.

A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Joe received bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering technology and economics. After graduating college, he worked for Boeing Helicopters as a liaison engineer. Subsequent to a career change in 1996, he worked as an insurance broker for MetLife, Hornafius Insurance Co., and most recently the Hess Agency Inc. for the past 11 years.

As partners of LCBC Church, Manheim Campus, Joe and his wife have been active with the kids ministry and several LIFE groups. He was a member of the Manheim Lions Club and Manheim Rotary Club, where he served as president of both organizations. He was also active with the Manheim Area Republican Committee.

Joe’s interests included watching Washington Redskins football, professional and high school soccer, woodworking, and landscaping around his small farm property. Before children, he and Cindy raised and showed Saint Bernards.

Joe had a deep love and passion for his wife and children. A devoted husband and father, he was a hands-on dad who attended most every athletic and school event his children were involved in throughout the years. He was a man of integrity, and was strong but quiet in his faith. Being with his family and spending time on their farm property was his ultimate joy.

Surviving in addition to his parents and his wife Cindy of 25 years, are two children: Joseph (Joe) B. Gelgot, a junior at Lancaster Country Day School; and a daughter: Magdalene (Maggie) A. Gelgot, a freshman at Lititz Christian School, both at home. His brother: Steve, husband of Michele, reside in Stokesdale, N.C.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Joe’s service of thanksgiving and remembrance at LCBC Church, Manheim Campus, West Wing Auditorium, 2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim, on Saturday, April 1, at 10 a.m. Enter via the south auditorium entrance. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening at the Buch Funeral Home, 216 S. Broad St., Lititz, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be additional visitation time at the church on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, college scholarship funds have been established in Joe’s memory for his children; memorial contribution checks can be made to the Joseph B. Gelgot Scholarship Fund and/or the Magdalene A. Gelgot Scholarship Fund, c/o Fulton Bank, 1 Market Square, Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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