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John F. Lochonic, Jr., 94

September 17, 2021

John F. Lochonic, Jr., 94, of Lancaster, passed away at Hospice & Community Care, Mt. Joy, Friday, September 17, 2021. Born in Camden, NJ, he was the son of the late John F. and Stella (Gruszczynski) Lochonic, Sr. John was the loving husband of 68 years, to the late Ella M. (Hevner) Lochonic who died in 2019.

He was a proud World War II veteran, having served in the US Army. John was employed by Federal Mogul for 38 years where he was a tool maker, retiring as a facility manager. In his retirement years, he delivered flowers for the Boutonniere Shoppe.

A devout Catholic, John was an active parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he taught RCIA classes. He was President of the Holy Name Society and was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. John also sang in the church’s funeral choir. He loved Polka music and was a member of the Dutchland Polkateers. John enjoyed teaching Polka dancing to the children in the Catholic schools. John was also an avid baseball and football fan and especially loved the Phillies and Eagles.

John is survived by his daughters: Patricia A. Lochonic, Virginia Beach, VA; and Kathy J. Gressley, wife of Robert, of Mountville; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; an aunt, Dorothy Mueller; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his wife, Ella, he was preceded in death by his son, John F. Lochonic, III; a granddaughter, Theresa Lochonic, and 4 siblings: Carol, Edward, Lorraine, Mary Ann, and Paul.

Family and friends will be received from 9AM to 10AM, Thursday, October 14, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 119 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603. Mass will follow at 10AM. Interment with military honors will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at 3PM. Due to the COVID pandemic, the family requests that face coverings be worn. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to Resurrection Catholic School, 521 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602.

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October 10, 2021

Dear Kathy and Patty,
We extend our deepest sympathy to you both on the recent loss of your dad.  Jack was a very good man, who was always willing to help others.  I can remember many good times, from the time I was little, with our families.  They went Polka dancing together sometimes, had picnics, and got together at each others homes.  Please extend our sympathy to Stephanie and Christopher, also.   
Linda and Bill Hagey

October 08, 2021

Dearest Kathy,  I am so very sorry about the loss of your Dad.  I remember him as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary’s.  He was always a very kind man.  I will be praying for you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
Carole Bernhardt Bates

October 04, 2021

He was a good man.  He and your mom shared a good friendship with my parents and together they all shared a love of St. Mary’s.  Earlier this year we lost my mom, and as we were going thru pictures for her memorial, we found old pictures of Jack and my dad dressed in drag for a St. Mary’s mothers club fashion show.  Oh they how they had a good time!  Keep the good memories and may they bring a smile to your face.  Please know that we share your grief.  With sincere sympathy.
Lou Jackubowski

October 03, 2021

My condolences to the Lochonic family…. I worked for many years at Federal Mogul with   John…. I always called him Jack… I never knew his name was John lol….my deepest sympathies to your family……RIP JACK 😏
Charles “Smokey ” Smith
Spring Grove,PA

September 25, 2021

Kathy and Patty,
Your dad was a true follower of Christ. Allan and I feel honored to have known Jack and will always remember his smile, kindness and concern for others. Allan and Marti

September 23, 2021

My dear Patty and Kathy, my deepest sympathy to you. Your dad was a wonderful man and I remember so many good times when our families would get together. Sending lots of hugs and prayers Ann Wiggins and Dave Henkel

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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119 S. Prince St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
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