NEWTON FALLS - John E. Palenchar, 92, passed to eternal life Wednesday, Nov.14, 2012, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.
John was born Sept. 15, 1920, in Austin, Pa., the son of Paul S. and Mary A. Marsine Palenchar.
While John was a youth, his family relocated to Newton Falls. A longtime area resident, John obtained his formal education in the Newton Falls school system, graduating in 1938 from the Newton Falls High School. John would be known to family and friends as "Plink" throughout his life.
After graduation, John obtained employment with Structural Steel in Newton Falls. He remained with the company until his induction into the United States Army Aug. 20, 1942.
He served with Battery B 411th Anti Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. John had served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars. John was honorably discharged Oct. 27, 1945.
Upon returning to civilian life, John returned to work for his former employer, Structural Steel. With the plant closure, he would later become employed by the City of Newton Falls in the Electric Department, retiring from his duties there in 1985.
John and Patricia A. Kocis were united in marriage Oct. 16, 1948, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton Falls. The couple had just recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. John and Pat shared a wonderful life together.
John was a parishioner of St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish and member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3350. He also held a membership with the Jednota Lodge.
Favorite pastimes for John were bowling, watching sporting events and NASCAR on the television. A man of great patience, John would demonstrate this trait when repairing clocks and watches. He would enjoy spending time outdoors and going to flea markets with his brother.
John will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife; his adored nieces and nephews, Jim and Linda Bobbey, Christine and Jerry Lippe, Maureen and Kevin Martin, Peter and Liz Kocis, Amy and Peter Carroll and Mary Helen and Alan Goodrich; his great-nieces and great-nephews; his sister, Elizabeth J. Palenchar; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Louise Kocis; and his helpful neighbors, Eddie and Nellie McLaughlin.
Preceding John were his parents; his sisters, Martha E. Palenchar, Agnes Palenchar and Helen M. Palenchar; and his brothers, Paul J. Palenchar and Thomas M. Palenchar.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish in Newton Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Ungashick as the celebrant.
The Newton Falls Veterans Honor Guard will hold a military service to honor John in St. Joseph Cemetery. Plink lived his life well "until the final gun," which was the motto of his military battalion.
The family request that contributions may be made in memory of John to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn.
Arrangements for John were entrusted to the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls.