John E. Breznitsky

September 23, 1925 - November 5, 2020

John E. Breznitsky, age 95, of New Castle, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

Born in Freeland, PA on September 23, 1925, he was a son of the late John and Mary A. (Bartkovich) Breznitsky. John attended Upper Lehigh School and Foster High School in Freeland, PA. He left school to go to work at the Duplan Corporation in Hazelton, PA. John served in the United States Army during World War II as a Medic in the 322nd Medical Battalion of the 97th Infantry Division. After being discharged from the Army, later he married the love of his life, Mary T. Kendra, in 1950. They moved to Delaware in 1954 and John began working at General Motors until his retirement in 1991. While at General Motors he held various positions as a lineman, metal finisher and supervisor. John was also working at Tom’s Barber Shop as a barber until he retired in 2017.

John was a member of American Legion Stahl Post #30 of New Castle as well as the VFW. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching the classics Bonanza, Gun Smoke, Saturday night shows from BBC, Let’s Make A Deal, The Price is Right, MASH, The Andy Griffith Show on MeTV. John could often be found at the park and watching the boats. He loved cars and listening to polka music.

John was such a loving, caring Dad, Grandfather and person. He loved to joke around with his many friends and family, especially at the barber shop while cutting hair as “John the Barber” for 43 years. John’s wife was the love of his life and he’s so very happy to be with her again after missing her these past 8 years.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary T. (Kendra) Breznitsky; sister, Mary Dzojko; and many extended family members. He is survived by his children, John J. Breznitsky (Linda), Jim Breznitsky (Sharon), Tom Breznitsky, Sr. (Debbie) and Rosemary Coleman (Brian); grandchildren, Thomas Breznitsky, Jr. (Jessica), Renee Pontak (Joe), Technical Sargeant Jimmy Breznitsky (Taylor), Katie Hackett (Jerry), Michele Mirolli (Joe), B.J. Coleman and Kevin Coleman; step grandchildren, Angela Allen and David Jochen; and many, many great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont, Parkway, New Castle, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Veteran’s Association of America, Inc., P.O. Box 309 Audubon Station, New York, NY 10032-0309, or to Holy Spirit Catholic Church at the address listed above.


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13 Condolences for John E. Breznitsky

  • My sincerest condolences in the loss of your father/grandfather. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • PopPop you are adored and loved. You will be missed greatly. Your memory will carry on in your legacy.

  • I was John’s co-worker at Tom’s Barber Shop. I had so much fun working next to John. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was such a kind and decent man. He will be truly missed by so many. My prayers go out to John’s family during this difficult time.

  • So sorry for your loss. How fortunate to have your Dad for so long.

  • Uncle John ,We have the best memories of you in our life….love you so much.

  • With your smile, and warm words, It was always a pleasure to of been in your presence. I thank you for all you have given to this country, this world, the role model you were, and the legacy you created for those left behind. Here’s to a great man whos headed for the heavens. You will be dearly missed by all of us here. My condolences to the entire family. JM

  • So sorry, Prayers & hugs to all the family

  • Now there’s no one left to call me BooBoo. How I looked forward to our
    Weekly phone visits these past seven years since my dear Ken’s passing.
    He loved you as a comrade in Arms; I loved you as a Friend. We mourned your cat
    And celebrated your birthdays. Thank you for walking through grief with me.
    Your work on earth is done. “Well done, Good and Faithful Servant”. Goodnight

  • To the family of Mr. Breznitsky I over my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was a classmate of John J. at Holy Spirit School many years ago. And a neighbor living on Memorial Dr. Again my sincere condolences to you all. Teresa Shaffer-Gommer

  • What a sad time to hear about John’s passing,he was such a joy talking to when I went in for haircuts, I waited for his chair to open just to be and talk with him about different things but mostly always about his family , especially Jimmy and Tommy,I will miss you very much my friend , Rest In Peace, John Gadzinski

  • Our sincere sympathy to the family of John . He was our 1st cousin and remained close through phone calls on
    every Holidays and Birthdays . He will be greatly missed . Our thoughts and prayers are with his great family .
    Rest in peace Johnny .

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love from Cousin, Kathy and Larry Hackett

  • Tommy and family, it was so nice to see you and I am truly sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful man. We grew up together at Holy Spirit and have been friends for years. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry I did not go back inside and speak to the rest of your family, I was rushing to get there from work and had to return. May God bless you all. Keep in touch.