John Andrew Oldenski, 88, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Corry, PA on June 5, 1933, to Nellie (Kuss) and Joseph Oldenski.
He attended a one-room schoolhouse followed by schooling at Youngsville Middle School and Corry High School. After school, he served in the United States Army.
After the Army, John met his “Honey,” Joan (Tomczak) at a local dance. They married on June 6, 1959, and they went on to have four beautiful daughters together. John was a wonderful husband and a great father. He and Joan celebrated 62 years of marriage together this year.
John retired from Zurn, but retirement just meant he had more time for home projects, teaching his grandkids the many ways you can fix things yourself, and more time for day trips with his wife and family. They loved going for rides to Corry. You could always find them every morning at Tim Horton’s for breakfast and coffee before it was time to go home to work on a project or off on an adventure. He was an avid Catholic and did many things to help at his home parish, St. Stanislaus. A huge Notre Dame fan, Sarge never missed a game on Saturdays; whether it was watching the game somewhere his grandkids talked him into going to, at home on his couch with his Honey, in person at Notre Dame Stadium, or in the car going on one of their many adventures. John never missed anything that had to do with his grandchildren. Because of that, he will be missed immensely.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Eleanor and her husband, Walter Kozik. His brother-in-law Jerome and his wife Frances Tomczak, brother-in-law Raymond and his wife Clara Tomczak, brother-in-law Robert and his wife Joan Tomczak, brother-in-law Eugene Tomczak, brother-in-law Leonard Tomczak, brother-in-law Patrick and his wife Rose Tomczak, sister-in-law Geraldine Tomczak and brother-in-law Mitch Oblinski.
Along with the love of his life, he is survived by his four daughters, Paula (Russell) Dworakowski, Stephanie (Bill) Wycech, Debbie Oldenski, and Monice (Paul) Urbaniak. His grandchildren, Andrea (David) Wallis, Erin (Greg) Ross, and John Paul (Miranda) Urbaniak. John was blessed to know his great-grandchildren, Cooper and Andrew Wallis, and Sophia Urbaniak, all of whom he treasured and loved greatly. He is also survived by his nieces Teresa (Brad) Castleman and Donna Kozik. He is further survived by his sisters-in-law, Louise Oblinski, Teresa Tomczak, and Elaine Tomczak, brother-in-law, Daniel Tomczak, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at St. Stanislaus Parish, 516 E. 13th St. Erie, PA 16503 from 10:00 am until the time of Mass at 11:00. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Stanislaus Parish, 516 East 13th St. Erie, PA 16503.
Arrangements are being handled by Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, 459 E. 12th St. Erie, PA 16503. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.garrdavisfuneralhome.com
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