John M. Schminky

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John M. Schminky, 69, of Harrisburg, died August 13, 2013, with his family by his side.

John was born in Gratz, and was the son of the late Joseph and Dottie (Smith) Schminky. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Joseph (Little Joe).

John graduated from Upper Dauphin H.S., class of 1962. He retired from the Local 520 union in 2006 where he worked for 40 years. During that time he served as a welding instructor in the apprenticeship program for 18 years. He worked as a General Foreman and Project Manager where he formed many friendships. He was a member of Charlton United Methodist Church in Harrisburg and the Lykens Masonic Lodge No. 570. Throughout his lifetime, he was an avid hunter and loved all aspects of the outdoors. He was most passionate about his family and loved spending time with them.

John loved and was loved, by his entire family and many friends. He was a loving husband to Cathalin Torok to whom he was married for 38 years. In addition to his wife, Cathalin, are four children and their families: Jonene, her husband Robert Warder, and their children, Taylor and Robert; Joshua and his son, Kristofer; Nicole, her husband Gregory DeLong, and their children, Wyatt and Chase; John Michael, his wife Katherine and their expected daughter, Ella. He is also survived by three sisters, Carol, and her husband, Carl Klinger; Bonnie, and her husband, Robert Wintersteen; and Joy McCray. His family also included many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Charlton United Methodist Church, 5920 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg. Interment was in Gratz, at Simeon Lutheran, Reformed and Evangelical Cemetery.

Visitation was held Saturday, Aug. 17, from 1-3 p.m., at the Hoover Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 6011 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, and on Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Charlton United Methodist Church, 5920 Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg, Pa. 17112, or any of the Masonic charities.

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