John J. Sparks March 19, 1914 September 17, 2013 John J. Sparks, 99, of Centre Hall, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Centre Crest in Bellefonte. Born on March 19, 1914 in Glendora, N.J., he was a son of the late John J. and Bertha (Lewis) Sparks. On Nov. 24, 1938, he was married to Eletha Dorothy (Diegel) Sparks, who preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2005. Mr. Sparks began his working career in textile industry working in a silk stocking mill. During the war years, he then worked for RCA. After leaving RCA, he returned to the textile industry working for many years and retiring as a sweater knitter. He enjoyed baseball, golfing until he reached the age of 92, bird watching, surf fishing, Penn State University Athletics, and was an avid book reader, especially enjoying mysteries. John had lived in Cape May Point, N.J. for over 10 years, retiring to State College in the 1980's to be near his daughter's family. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge in New Jersey for over 70 years and had earned his 33rd degree. He is survived by two daughters, Dottie Kuns, of Villages, Fla., and Jody Musser (Bryant), of Centre Hall with whom he resided with for over 15 years; grandchildren, Barbara Hickey (Kent), Jennifer Vanada and her fiancee, Toby Stoner, of Spring Mills and Paige Gray (Sean), of New Cumberland; and great-grandchildren, John Hickey (a sophomore at Penn State University), Kristen Hickey, of Allentown, Cullen and Rowley Vanada, and Kendall and Phinnean Gray. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Joe Kuns; and sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette Diller and her husband, John. All services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, 226 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to the Centre Hall Area Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl Street, Centre Hall, PA 16828. A guestbook can be signed and condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.
Published in Centre Daily Times on Sept. 19, 2013