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DELIC - John C., 91, of Johnstown died September 12, 2017, at Westmont Woods Nursing Home. Born November 22, 1925, in Johnstown the son of John M. and Mary (Mandrgoc) Delic. Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anne Rovansek; brothers: Michael, Joseph, Peter and Tony Delic . He was the last surviving member of his family. Survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Regina "Jean" A. (Varmecky) Delic; daughters: Jackie, wife of Tim Ayres; Joanne, wife of Vincent Cascino; and Patricia, wife of Ernie Brennsteiner, all of Johnstown; grandchildren: Lauren, wife of Eric Presser; Leann, wife of Matt Sheridan; Jaclyn Casino, fiancée of Ronnie Klein; Jonathan Ayres; Allison, wife of Adam Clevenger; and Alex Brennsteiner; great-grandchildren: Emma, Julia, and Luke; sister-in-law, Helen Delic. Also survived by many special nephews and nieces. John was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. He attended St. Rochus grade school and then went to Catholic High School where he graduated in the class of 1944.He attended Alliance College on a football scholarship where he received All American Honors. He was a US Navy Veteran of WWII serving on the U.S.S. Gold Star in the South Pacific for 27 months as an A.M.M. 2nd Class. John was employed as a machinist for 36 years in the Lower Cambria Machine Shop at Bethlehem Steel. He was a member of CFU Lodge #5; S.O.A.R. Steel Workers Union and the Retired Men's and Women's Club. John attended most of his grandchildren's sports events. Sports was his favorite subject and he knew everything. His favorite sports team was the NY Yankees and Mickey Mantle was the king of baseball to him. His favorite saying was keep smiling and that was what he always did. His smile would melt your heart. We, the family, would like to thank the staff of the Westmont Woods and ViaQuest Hospice Services for all the care they gave John. They are truly special angels. The teasing of the hair and the kisses on the cheeks made him feel special, and he loved them all. Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the FRANCIS G. OZOG FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 710 Broad Street where vigil service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Clement Catholic Church, Fr. William Rosenbaum officiating. Committal will take place at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to St. Clement Catholic Church in memory of John. Online condolences may be offered to the family www.fgozogfuneralhome.com
Published on September 13, 2017
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