John J. Cielinski, 77, of Elyria, died Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. Mr. Cielinski was born July 18, 1935 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and lived in Elyria since 1963.
He was a graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School in 1953 and attended Penn State University, majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Physics. He served with the United States Air Force in Korea on Kwajalein Island in the Southwest Pacific. He was employed as an area manager at the Air Traffic Control Center in Oberlin, for 33 years, retiring in 1988, spending his entire working lifetime employed by the U.S. Government. He was a member of St. Jude Church, the church’s Holy Name Society and Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus Council 774, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 778, and the American Legion, Post 152, Tampa, Florida. He enjoyed fishing, golf, basketball, fast pitch softball, and poker.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia E. (nee Torpey); three daughters, Patrice C. Pritchard of Tampa, Florida, Pamelynn C. (Richard) Carver of Elyria, Polette C. (William) Marozsan of LaGrange; and three grandchildren, Erin Pritchard, Amie Carver, and Zachary Marozsan. He is also survived by a sister, Rosemary Cairns; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard; a sister, Patricia A. Ryan; and his parents, John J. Cielinski, Sr. and Clara (Walkowiak) Cielinski.
Friends will be received at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Friday, August 17, 2012, from 5 until 8 P.M. A prayer service will follow, with Reverend Father Frank P. Kosem, Pastor of St. Jude Church, officiating.
Mr. Cielinski will be taken to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, 17901, where friends may call Monday, August 20, 2012, from 11 A.M., until the time of a Mass at 12 Noon, with his nephew, the Reverend Father James F. Torpey, as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Church or to New Life Hospice of St. Joseph.
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