John Gillen, 87, of Roscoe, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 20, 2010. A son of the late Edward and Mary Yurgoniluts Gillen, he was born on Feb. 24, 1923 in Elco. After graduating high school, he went to work for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport Plant, where after 40 years of dedicated service, he retired in 1982 as an Assistant Superintendent of Production. He then became a caretaker at Howe Cemetery and later also at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, both in Coal Center, positions he held until his untimely death. John was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Roscoe where he could often be found calling bingo or working in the kitchen at a fish fry. He was the last surviving Founding Father of the Roscoe Slovak Club, a Founding Father of 5-Town Recreation Park, a former Councilman and Mayor of Roscoe, a member of the Keystone Athletic Association, and delivered Meals-on-Wheels for 30 years. In his free time, John enjoyed gardening and picking berries so Dee, his wife, could bake some of her delicious desserts. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Dorothy "Dee" Gillen; three sons and daughters-in-law, Vince and Patti Gillen of Burgettstown, John and Debbie Gillen of Jacksonville, FL, and Nick and Mary Kay Gillen of Seattle, WA; one daughter, Becky Barbero of Allenport; six grandchildren, Melissa Christian, Brady Barbero, Christopher, Jacob, Chelsey and Cooper Gillen; six great-grandchildren, Stella and Roxie Christian, Reagan, Parker, and Bailey Gillen, and Quinn Barbero; two sisters, Nellie Reedy of Monroeville and Anne Simala of Stockdale; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Stanley, Edward and Vincent Gillen; and a sister, Della Shiflet. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. A Blessing service will be held Monday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with Rev. George Moneck officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Coal Center.
Dear Gillen Family: Our condolenses and prayers go out to you all. Jim and Denise (friends of Nick and Mary Kay)
Jim and Denise Ballweber May 27 2010 12:00 AM
Dear Gillen Family, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. John Gillen was a wonderful man and a great neighbor to the Chester Family. John and family will be in our prayers. ---Cindy Chester Moran and Allen Chester
Cindy Chester Moran May 25 2010 12:00 AM
Vince, My sympathy to you and your family. I hope you have a fond memory of our trip in the 1930 Plymouth to Wheeling. I still drive the car along with others, note the e-mail address. Bill 724-929-2444
Bill Maurer -Fox Grocery May 25 2010 12:00 AM
I am one of many nieces to Uncle John. He is one of the nicest men I have ever known. Never saw him mad. He treated me like one of his own. I liked being with him, talking with him and checking out his garden. He showed me all his canned goods. Thank you again. Lisa
Lisa Suzich Reidland May 24 2010 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathies in the passing of John, which I just learned about this afternoon. Roscoe has lost a legend, and Vince, Becky, John and Nick have lost a great father.
Randy Seftas May 24 2010 12:00 AM
Nick & family, Sorry to hear of your loss. May your dad rest in God's loving hands. Take care. Gloria
Gloria Burnsworth May 24 2010 12:00 AM
Dear Dee & Family, We were all very sad to hear that our dear neighbor and friend has passed away. John, a/k/a Pap-Pap Gillen, was one of the most wonderful and kindest people we have ever met. We will never forget him and hope that you carry as many loving and fond memories of this great man as we do. Our deepest sympathies to you all. We love you.
Debbie & Geoff Timlin, Shanna & Marcee May 24 2010 12:00 AM
Our sympathy to the Gillen Family from Leo and Lorraine Baker,Barbara Winder, and Peggy Perrin.
Leo and Lorraine Baker May 23 2010 12:00 AM
Vince & family, Our sympathies to you and your family. May your wonderful memories help to ease your pain.
Brenda Sutherin Porto May 22 2010 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathy is with you at this time. John was a good friend of my dad(Cowboy). He will be missed by many. Karen & Jim Webb and John Petrick family
Karen Webb May 22 2010 12:00 AM