McHale, Paul Daniel Age 82 of Eden Prairie. "To quote John Irving 'There were forces in that classroom, forces that lifted us all up into a new kind of experience where we looked life in the face and were changed.' "Mr. McHale knew that to teach and learn literature and great writing really meant to teach and learn life." - Jeff McCurry 1997. We said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Paul died at home on July 14th with family present. We will miss Paul's intelligence, loving warmth, generous heart and positive spirit. Paul was born in Alton, Illinois to John McHale and Alice Sharkey. The family later came north to St. Paul. Paul had a great love for Cretin High School. In 1950 he joined the Christian Brothers. After graduating from St. Mary's University he taught for many years in the Christian Brothers' schools. In 1970 Paul left the Brothers but remained close to the community. He taught creative writing and English at Mound Westonka High School for over 20 years. Paul is survived by his wife of 42 years Beryl, and children Daniel, stepdaughter Kirsten Moertel, Chris Moertel, Joel Hedrick and grandchildren Christian and Sophie Hedrick, as well as Luke, Amelia and Will Moertel. He is also survived by his sister Mary Helen Soucheray and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John, Robert and James, sisters Alice and Rita Fenlon. Special thanks to Brother Arnold McMullin, Steven "Woody" Woodrich and Rod Ibis for their care and friendship over the many years. Services Monday, July 20, 2015 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 13505 Excelsior Blvd, Glen Lake, Minnetonka. Visitation at 11:30 am. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 pm. Interment at Eden Prairie Cemetery. Paul has requested an Irish Wake at Gold Nugget, 14401 Excelsior Blvd, Glen Lake Minnetonka at 3:30 pm. Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400

Published on July 17, 2015

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