John A. Genzel, Jr.

March 23, 1936 - October 24, 2018

John A. Genzel, Jr., age 82, of Middletown, DE, passed away on October 24, 2018.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on March 23, 1936, he was the son of the late John A. and Lillian (Meade) Genzel, Sr. John resided in Collingdale, PA where he graduated from Collingdale High School in 1954 and attended Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. John worked for the Great A & P Tea Company and later, its affiliate, Super Fresh Food Markets, for 43 years, working his way from Produce Clerk to District Manager. After retirement, John was caregiver to his Mother for several years. John enjoyed a special relationship with his mother and he was the center of her life. She attended all of his sporting events and was always his biggest fan. She lived with John and his wife for over 25 years.

John was a life-long lover of sports and in high School he played football, basketball and baseball. He attended Gettysburg College on a football scholarship. He was a 65-year Philadelphia Eagles football fan who never gave up on the team and held season tickets for more than 20 years. John greatly enjoyed traveling and learning about visiting other countries. Myrtle Beach, SC was a favorite travel destination although he also traveled to many other parts of the world.

John is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Patricia; daughter, Diane Phelps (Bart), daughter, Linda Ross, son, John Robert (Sandra) and daughter, Nicki Maggiore (Paul); 14 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Brian Clendenin.

The family is extremely grateful for the wonderful care and compassion from the employees at Christiana Hospital. The Doctors, Nurses, Technicians and all who cared for John were knowledgeable, caring, compassionate, communicative and a source of strength to his family.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Monday, October 29, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A second visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in John’s name to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, 1920 Hutton Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 or a favorite charity.


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14 Condolences for John A. Genzel, Jr.


    I have only just lost you; the pain is hard to bear.
    Do I have to go through life knowing you’re not there?
    Please, someone explain to me why he had to go.
    Are there any reasons? I really need to know.
    I sit here and remember all the lovely times we shared,
    the talks, the laughter, of everyone you cared.
    I am told the pain will ease in time
    and I will think of you without a tear,
    but that will be impossible as I need to have you here.
    you were my very world, my ever guiding star.
    Just kiss me softly on the cheek and tell me where you are.

    Anne Spiller

  • Thank you Pat for letting us know about John passing away. we will miss John so very much.

  • Dear Pat
    Bob and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. John was the best and we will miss him.
    We will call at a later date.
    Bob and Terri

  • Unfortunately I can not make any of the times for the viewing. Sorry to hear of your loss John and condolences to your family.

  • Dear Pat and family,

    Bruce and I are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • A good heart has stopped beating, full of love and faith, ascended to heaven, away from us, but closer to God, leaving loneliness and sadness. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person. Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time.

    “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.”

    Deepest Sympathy,
    Kamini & Dushyant Patel

  • Dear Genzel Family,

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of John. I got to know John through
    Superfresh. He was our district manager. I worked in the deli. I was always
    very fond of John. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing

  • I am very sorry to hear of John’s passing. There are found memories of Rotary events at your home, and the few times I picked up some firewood John had accumulated. John was a very personable, kind, fun, and witty individual who was a joy to be around; and to talk with on many topics. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and interacting with him over the years… and most by Pat and his entire family.

    Hoping you find peace and comfort through the grieving period in the months ahead. If I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to email or call.

    Sincerely, Tim Beblo

  • John was a very dear friend. He was a loving and devoted husband. May he Rest In Peace. He will be missed.

  • Dear Pat and family,
    We send our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. John was such a great man we will miss him dearly! We have so many great memories, he will never be forgotten.
    Tim & Reynea

  • Pat and Family ! With deepest sympathy I’m sorry to hear of John passing. We were friends from the Super Fresh. Allen Garvine

  • Dear Pat and family, Rose Marie and I and the Barbers at Michaels send our condolences. John will surely be missed. He was not only a great customer for a lot of years!! but such a good person! I will miss talking about our Phillies and the Eagles. We wish you the best Pat, and God bless you and your family.

  • As We Look Back

    As we look back over time
    We find ourselves wondering
    Did we remember to thank you enough
    For all you have done for us?
    For all the times you were by our sides
    To help and support us
    To celebrate our successes
    To understand our problems
    And accept our defeats?
    Or for teaching us by your example,
    The value of hard work, good judgement,
    Courage and integrity?
    We wonder if we ever thanked you
    For the sacrifices you made.
    To let us have the very best?
    And for the simple things
    Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
    If we have forgotten to show our
    Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
    We’re thanking you now.
    And we are hoping you knew all along,
    How much you meant to us.

    Originally unknown but later claimed by Clair Jones.

    I am heart broken for all of us. I am praying for all of us to heal and hold on to our special memories of our special John Genzel.
    I miss you Daddy…….
    Love you all and peace be to all of you.
    God Bless us and give us peace.
    Love you all,

  • Pat& family,

    so sorry to hear belated of Jon’s passing!:always enjoyed my visits with him at B,L & S firm get togethers!

    Know he will surely be missed by all but just blessed to have met him

    Peace be with you all
    and God Bless him & you!