John G. Lakatos, 81, of Wilmington, Del., passed away at home Sunday, April 14, 2013. He will be dearly missed and remembered as the most loving husband, father and pop pop.
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Mr. Lakatos was born in Newport Township, Nanticoke, husband of the late Stella R. Lakatos, and the son of the late Elizabeth Scott and John E. Lakatos.
John (Jack) was a graduate of Newport High School, Wanamie, and Penn State University and moved to Delaware in 1955.
Jack served in the Navy Reserve during the Korean War aboard the USS Mississippi for two years as an auxiliary gunner. Upon discharge, he returned to Penn State, graduated, and accepted a job at DuPont in Wilmington, Del., and later retired from DuPont. After retirement he worked for Corpus Christi School as a "Jack of all trades."
He was a member of St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, where he served as an usher.
He was a member of the AACA, BRACCA and Plymouth Owners Clubs. For many years he entertained many with his band, the Continental Mel-Tones/Bavarian Mel-Tones. Jack enjoyed working on his antique cars and attending car shows and "club" meetings. He enjoyed listening to music and drinking coffee.
Jack will be dearly missed by his daughters, Jeanette Krause and her husband, Randy, Newark, Del.; and Jacci Cook, Newark, Del.; his son, John D. Lakatos and his wife, Julia, St. Georges, Del.; and his grandchildren, J.B., Morgan, Rebecca, Ryan, Lauren, Megan (Steven) and Andrew.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Medard Lakatos, Williamsport; and brother-in-law, Edward Sadowski, Nanticoke.
He is also survived by his sister, Bernadine Sadowski, Nanticoke; his brother, Raymond Lakatos and his wife, Patricia, Nanticoke; and his sister-in-law, Dorothy Lakatos, Williamsport.
The family would like to thank the staffs at the Christiana Hospital Infusion Center, Christiana Hospital Escorts and Comfort Keepers for their care and compassion shown to Jack.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road. Wilmington, Del. Friends may call at Mealy Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Del., from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday. Entombment will be in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, Del.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to be made to the Blood Bank of Delmarva, 100 Hygeia Drive, Newark, DE 19713. Monetary or blood donations in Jack's memory are welcomed.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2013