Jonas “Cork" Egli
December 20, 1927–January 21, 2018
was born in Muncy, PA to David “Crocket” and Winnifred Egli and had three
older siblings including brothers, David “Paul,” James, and sister Gene
Agnello. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Connie Stein (originally of
Williamsport, PA), his five children Daniel (Muncy, PA), Diane (Yardley,
PA), Dane (Florissant, CO), Debra (Tucson, AZ) and Denise (Philomont, VA)
along with 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
young man, his passions were sports and swimming in Muncy Creek. In high
school he excelled and lettered in four sports, and ultimately was inducted
into the Muncy High School Sports Hall of Fame.
graduating from Muncy High School in 1946 he served in the U.S. Marine
Corps. Following his military service Cork attended East Stroudsburg State
Teacher's College, received his PT training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
MN, and graduated from Lock Haven State Teacher's College with a degree in
Physical Education & Biological Science. In 1982, he received a Master's
degree from Bloomsburg University in Special Education.
positive leadership and work ethic carried him through his vocation as a
physical therapist (PT). His faith and medical training inspired and
confirmed his calling to love and serve others—especially the weak and
wounded. His initial PT career was launched in the crucible of the 1950's
polio epidemic. Cork was especially gifted at connecting with all ages, from
infants to the elderly.
came to Danville and launched the Physical Therapy Department at Geisinger
Medical Center in 1957. After 28 years at Geisinger, he finished his career
in Rehabilitation Medicine at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL (1984-85),
and Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN (1986-91).
retiring for the second time and moving back to Riverside, PA, he served as
a PT consultant for many local nursing homes, including Grandview—where he
was cared for during the last four months of his life. Many nurses and staff
reported memorable stories of Cork's impact when he was there—as a PT and as
most significant event in his life occurred when he made a step of faith to
trust Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Having been born in 1927, he was
born again in the summer of 1959.
Sparked by his colorful personality, Cork shared his faith with everyone,
especially those who expressed their need for the Lord's unconditional love
and forgiveness. No one was beyond his urgent calling when he shared the
Gospel bead bracelet and the plan of salvation. He wanted everyone to
understand and act on their personal need for the Savior. His love for God's
Word was evident in his life and his faithful application of Scripture in
his conversation and prayer.
expressed his brave compassion for others through outreach to migrant camps,
passing out tracts at the Bloomsburg Fair, Northumberland County Prison
ministry, home Bible studies, and always reaching out to the hurting and
less fortunate. Connie and the kids never quite knew who he would be
bringing home for dinner, but it was frequently a visiting missionary,
someone from his work, or a hitch-hiker passing through the area who was
looking for help.
radiant sense of humor and encouraging style with patients put him in demand
for PT support in the region even into his 80's. His skills as a clinician
were beautifully balanced with, and uniquely complimented by, his love for
people and the Lord.
a private family graveside service at Muncy Cemetery, a visitation time will
be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 12:00-1:45 PM, followed by a
memorial service at 2:00 PM at the Danville First Baptist Church. There will
be a social gathering following the service from 3:00-5:00 PM in the church
glorify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!” Psalm
34:3 (Cork’s favorite Scripture verse)
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA.