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John E. Reshetar  

John E. Reshetar

April 7, 1927 – April 29, 2015

Heaven has opened up its gates for yet another smiling face.  John E. Reshetar, age 88, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 with his family by his side.

John was born in McAdoo, PA, to Anna and John Reshetar, and lived there until 1965.  His job with the DuPont Company transferred him to Woodbury NJ until Sept., 1972.  He was then transferred to Newark, DE, where he has resided for the past 42 years.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran machinist mate 3rd class with the Navy Seabees unit #143.  John drove a tractor trailer for Graver Tank Company until 1960 and the Lone Star Boat Company until 1962.  He was also a transportation dispatcher for the DuPont Company and Guy Johnson transportation.

As anyone could tell you, John was a kind and gentle man, ready with a smile and joke.  He always loved to make people laugh.  He enjoyed golf, bowling, woodworking, Coal Cracker reunions at Banning Park, and traveling.

John is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Marti; sons, John (Debbie) of Reading, PA and Dave (Sue) of Newark, DE; daughters, Debbie Walker of New Castle, DE and Cathy Giblin (Fred) of Cherry Hill, NJ;  stepchildren, Albert (Joan), Lorraine (Michael), Larry J. and Paul (Kerry) Lanouette, and Cathy (Charlie) Smith; sister, LouAnn Kravitz, of Long Beach, CA; brother, Bill (Rita) Reshetar of McAdoo, PA; grandchildren; Hillary, Laura, John, David, Bryan, Emily, Christopher, Jacquelyn (Matt) and Jillian (Dave).  He is also survived by 13 stepgrandchildren; Reese, Cory, Austin, Britney (Joey), Samantha, Ted, Rachel, Andrew, Noah, Paisley, Phoebe, Brendan and Kayla, and one great grandchild, P.J.  In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife Catherine; sister, Mildred Reshetar; and son-in-law, Jeff Walker.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Monday, May 4, 2015 at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Rd. Newark, DE, where a visitation will be held from 10 am to 11 am. A second visitation will be held at the Damiano Funeral Home, 24 E. Blaine St. McAdoo, PA, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 11 am to 12 noon, where a funeral service will follow at 12 noon.   Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cemetery McAdoo, PA.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Hospital for the wonderful care John received in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Holy Family R.C.C. at the address above or St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 210 W. Blaine St, McAdoo, PA 18237.

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  1. John M. Reshetar, May 2, 2015

    Dad, I was named after you but to the family I was “Jack”. It will be an honor to carry on your name for as long as I can. The memories and love I have will keep me close to you until we are together again.

    Love, Jack

  2. Monica Mazick-Lee, May 3, 2015




  3. Bob Iwanowski, May 3, 2015

    Heaven has gained another shining star.
    My sincere condolances to the Reshetar family.
    I will always remember Johnny for his smile and cheerful disposition.
    He was a great friend to my father and everyone who knew him had nothing but kind words to say about Johnny.
    Johnny will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
    Godspeed John E. Reshetar
    Say hello to my father for me.

  4. Aletta Whisman, May 4, 2015

    Dear Dave and Sue, so sorry for your loss.

    My deepest sympathies,

  5. Kenneth F Hamilton., May 4, 2015

    I worked with John for several years at Dupont locations in Gloucester City and New Castle. I remember John as someone you could count on in an emergency. I was new to trucking operations and I leaned on him for his expertise many times. I felt close to John because of his Ukranian heritage. I was born and raised in South Wilmington the location of the Ukranian Church. Most of my friends were Ukranian. In fact I learned to speak a little of the language. When he learned I was being transferred to Wilkes Barre he gave me a few pointers on getting along with the people up there. His advice came in handy. May God bless all and may John find rest it the arms of the Lord.

  6. Yvonne (Iwanowski) Jenks, May 5, 2015

    I was sad to hear the news of his passing but oh soo GLAD for the Victory in JESUS
    Another soul HOME safe and sound

    He was a great friend of my dad ( Tony Iwanowski who passed away last July)
    Our whole family was honored that he came to the service
    I had not seen him in years but remembered his kind face and wonderful smile

    Shine on John

    May you and my dad watch over all of us until we meet again
    and if you know JESUS you will

    Yvonne Iwanowski Jenks


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