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A memorial celebration of life will be held at a later time in Youngstown, Ohio for John R. Jones, 90, who died Dec. 3, 1017. Jack was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania on June 2, 1927.
He was kind, cheerful and had a dry wit. He spoiled family and friends with his amazing cooking skills. Their home was the place everyone was invited for many meals and holidays. He was a gourmet chef with daily recipes and grocery shopping. He even knew the clerks by name. His cooking skills were worthy of any five star restaurant.
Jack served in WWII aboard the U.S.S. Burns. Joining at 17, he worked in mechanical where he rang the bell that helped steer the ship. He was animated as he recalled his service and escapades. He stated, "I was lucky - two days after I joined the Burns, the war ended. They knew I was coming, so they quit."
One of his greatest joys was spoiling his grandchildren. He attended every dance recital, swim meet, tennis match or school doings. He babysat and frequently treated with trips to the Dollar Store, matching outfits or naps on his comfy belly (while watching Emeril). His family is grateful for all he did for us and will love will dearly miss him.
Jack was blessed to have two families. He leaves behind Gary Jones, Amy Jones and Malleigh Jones as well as granddaughters Wendee Dulaney (Doug), Amy Newell and great grandchildren. He is survived by siblings Carol (Ed) Reagan, Chuck (Geri) Kahler and several nieces and nephews. Another sister Judy Bullen had recently passed away.
Rose Marie (Cassese) Mondora brought Jack into one of his families' lives in 1975. They are now probably cheffing up in heaven. Cherishing their memories are Catherine and Dan Thomas, Rose-Ann and Greg Mazanek (who were the lucky ones with whom he made his home), Rochelle and Gregg Strollo, and Ralph and Brigid Mondora. The times that lit up his eyes were spent with grandchildren Danny and Michael Thomas, Rose-Marie and Catherine Mazanek, Francesca and Rebell Strollo and Mason, Marin and Matthew Mondora.
In lieu of flowers, a fitting tribute would be cooking a large meal for your family or friends. A donation to a food pantry such as Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis, Indiana, Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley in Youngstown, Ohio or a center of your choice would also honor him.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences to the family.
Published on December 13, 2017
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