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John Staskavitch (aka Suscavich)

John Staskavitch (aka Suscavich), 86, of Roscoe, formerly of California, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Born Oct. 5, 1925, in California, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Podbereska Staszkiewicz. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and American Legion Post 377, both in California. After proudly serving his country in the Army during World War II, Mr. Staskavitch went to work for U.S. Steel, Clairton Works, where he retired as a boilermaker. He is survived by several nieces and nephews and many cousins in England, Germany, Poland and Russia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Staskavitch was preceded in death by his sisters, Sophie Letko Chop, Bessie Slusarczyk Norton, Isabelle Jerokovitch and Anna Kayatin; and brothers, Michael Jr, Frank and John I. Staskavitch. He was the last survivor of his immediate family. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc., 1008 Furlong Avenue, Roscoe. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 12, beginning with a 10:15 prayer service in the funeral home followed by a 10:30 Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Roscoe, with Rev. George Moneck officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Coal Center.


In God's loving arms and my thoughts and prayers.

Joan Jarvis Apr 21 2012 12:00 AM

Thinking of you all at this time, now in God's peaceful hands.

Jean Daniels Apr 21 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.

Jon Jarvis Apr 15 2012 12:00 AM

REST IN PEACE, "PAN/MR. JOHN"... Dear, kind friend and special member of our Columbia Heights, MN/Lomianki, Poland - Sister Cities, Int'l. So very proud of his Polish heritage, and being a veteran of WWII. Always thoughtful & supportive of our many humanitarian activities especially for Lomianki's Children's Hospital and youth activities; Mother Teresa's Polish religious orders; plus his generosity to many others and causes that he helped. We will always remember him as a true Polish Gentleman! We hope you will have a Polish flag at your services and Mass. We will have Masses for you at Holy Cross Polish Church in N.E. Minneapolis.

Dolores Puente Strand Apr 11 2012 12:00 AM

What a loss to the Polish community! John was such a supporter of the Polish American Library and the Columbia Heights, Sister Cities organization in Minnesota. He had so much enthusiasm for our activities and encouragement for us to continue. Perhaps God has put him in charge of shoes in heaven? Judith Blanchard, Librarian Polish American Library

Judith Blanchard Apr 9 2012 12:00 AM

I will always remember when Uncle Johnny made me share my bag of Halloween candy at Grandma & Grandpa's. I think I was around 4 [at least not in grade school]. Anyway, I was very angry because I thought at the time that only kids should eat Halloween candy, so I asked Grandma to tell him that I didn't have to share. The only thing I remember after that: all of my candy spread out on the kitchen table. And I tell this tale with humor, because it truly was a funny scene. Since I may not be able to go to the funeral I had also wanted to share a poem: Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The soul that rises with us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar. Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory, do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy. William Wordsworth I am sure he is at peace.

Lisa Marie Kayatin Martinez Apr 6 2012 12:00 AM

We will miss you dearly Uncle John, you will always be in our thoughts and memories, Sarah,Kendra and I love you very much.

Angela Slusarczyk Apr 5 2012 12:00 AM

May Uncle John rest in peace.

Stephanie Kayatin Lemp Apr 5 2012 12:00 AM