John F. Hollister, 69, of Covington Twp., died Monday afternoon at St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home, Elmhurst Twp., after an extended illness. His wife of 43 years is the former Doris Croom.
Born Feb. 7, 1945, in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Burkhouse Hollister. John worked for more than 30 years with International/Akzo Nobel Salt Co., was also employed by Mid Valley Contracting, and before his illness, he was employed by Covington Twp. in the maintenance department. Early in his working career, he worked for the Arthur Hughes Dodge Dealership, Daleville.
John was a devoted member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow and served as usher for many years. He was a life member of the Covington Twp. Fire Company and life member of the Moscow Fire Company. He served as assistant chief and chief of the Covington Twp. Fire Department. John was a member of the Northeast PA Fireman's Federation, and the Keystone Fire Chiefs Association. John also served on the Covington Twp. Planning Commission.
The family would like to thank everyone who helped care for Johnny, especially the nurses and staff of St. Mary's Villa band Dr. Brereton.
Also surviving are his daughter, Carrie Goul and husband, Steven, Madison Twp.; grandsons, Joseph John Goul and Lucas James Goul; a brother, Charles Hollister and wife, JoAnn, Dundalk, Md.; four sisters, Ann Marie Baird, Baltimore; Margaret "Peg" Schenk, Covington Twp.; Rosellen Verrastro and husband, Thomas, Hazleton; and Elizabeth "Betsy" Yeager and husband, Brian, Covington Twp.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Alma Croom; and his brothers-in-law, Robert Schenk and Theodore Baird.
A Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Robert J. Simon, pastor, as celebrant. Interment with fireman honor guard will be conducted at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Covington Twp. Friends are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m., in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the Covington Township Fire Company, 452 Daleville Highway, Covington Twp., PA 18444, c/o Marshall Peirce, treasurer. For online condolences, visit www.duffyandsnowdon.com.
Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home
401 Church St Moscow, PA 18444
Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 27, 2014