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John J. Vassello Sr.

Sunday, March 21, 1926Friday, February 21, 2020

John J. Vassello Sr., 93, a longtime resident of Kingston, passed away peacefully, with his loving family by his side, on Friday, February 21, 2020, at Residential Hospice, Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. 

His loving wife was the late Catherine (Spielmann) Vassello, who passed away on June 18, 1991.

Born on March 21, 1926, in Swoyersville, John was the son of the late John and Mary (Lychok) Vassello.

John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. John was very proud of his service in the U.S. Army where he served with the 6th Constabulary SQDN in Coburg, Germany.

Following his service in the U.S. Army, John moved back to Kingston and worked as a driver for American Asphalt and a General Forman on several construction job sites. He also owned and operated his own coal business in the Wyoming Valley.

After several health-related issues, John retired to enjoy time with his wife and family.  During his retirement years, John and his brother, Stephen, along with their wives enjoyed many trips to Atlantic City. John enjoyed watching baseball, football, and wrestling, and was a great fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles, and all the Penn State sporting programs.

John was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Kingston, where he served as an usher for many years. He was actively involved in his community coaching baseball and supporting the W.V.W. wrestling program, and he also served two terms as Commander of the V.F.W. Post 283, Kingston.

In addition to his parents, John and Mary Vassello, and his wife, Catherine, John was preceded in death by his sons, John J. Vassello Jr., on May 30, 2018; and Andrew Vassello, on January 18, 2009; his sisters, Marion Raijski, Joann Vassello, Grace Phillips, Phyllis Jadosh, Jean Stevenson; and his brothers, Frank, Joseph, Stephen, James, Peter, and Thomas Vassello.

John is survived by his children, David Vassello and his wife, Susan; Chuck Vassello and his wife, Angelique; Cheryl Martinsky and her husband, Jim; OJ Sheppard and his wife, Gitti; and his loving sister Dolores Phillips.

Additionally, John is survived by his grandchildren, Ryan and JJ Vassello; Tricia Vassello; Brittany and Tiffany Vassello; Megan and Michael Martinsky; Myles Vassello; Daniel, David, and Sandra Sheppard; his nine great-grandchildren; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 10:00 AM from the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 AM in Saint Ignatius Loyola Church, 339 North Maple Avenue, Kingston, with Monsignor David L. Tressler, his Pastor, officiating.

Entombment with the Rite of Committal will follow in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville, where Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Army.

Family and Friends are invited to John’s viewing which will be held on Thursday morning from 8:30 to 10:00 AM, at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send John’s family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home’s website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com, or Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, or by visiting support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

 

Service Date
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 10:30am
Services

A viewing for John will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The funeral service will begin on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 AM in Saint Ignatius Loyola Church, 339 North Maple Avenue, Kingston. Monsignor David L. Tressler, Pastor, will serve as celebrant.

Entombment with the Rite of Committal will follow in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville, where Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Army.

Following the service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.

Cemetery

Denison Cemetery | View Map

Location

Wroblewski Funeral Home | View Map

Church

Saint Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church | View Map

Condolences

Dear Vassello Family, My condolences to all of your family. Your Father and Mother were great neighbors to Frank and I when we first moved to Kingston. May he be at rest with your Mother and brothers. Peace be with you all. May the many years of happy memories get you through the difficult days ahead. Cheryl
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