John Horwath, Jr.
June 3, 1937 - January 23, 2018
John Horwath, Jr., age 80, of New Castle, Delaware, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
Born in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late John and Pearl (Ositko) Horwath, Sr. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. John dedicated his career as an aircraft mechanic and retired from Atlantic Aviation after many years of service.
Active in his community, John belonged to the New Castle Moose Lodge, Stahl Post #30, Coal Crackers in Pennsylvania and the Howard J. Weston Senior Center. A true family man, he treasured time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. John’s hobbies included coaching baseball for the Suburban Little League, shooting pool every Wednesday night and attending many UD football games with members of the Stahl Post. Above all, he was a cherished husband, father and grandfather.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred J. Horwath and sister, Tina Lavelle. He is survived by his children, Barbara A. Smiertka (Tony) and Thomas J. Horwath (Cindy); brother, Myron Horwath (Gretchen) of PA; sister, Nadja Wetzel (Don) of PA; grandchildren, Stephanie Riley (Jeremy), Melissa Shughart (Jeff), Natalie Smiertka and Samantha Horwath; great granddaughter, Norah Shughart; and several nieces.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday evening, January 30, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018 at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 North DuPont Hwy, New Castle, DE. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.