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The youngest of eight, John Adamovich of Wilmington, Delaware, formerly of Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 24, 2012 at his home.
Upon graduation from Newport Township High School, John worked various jobs until being called by the United States Army. He proudly served in Company E., 12th Infantry and landed on Utah Beach during the D-Day Invasion in June of 1944. Having served meritoriously for bravery, he received the Bronze Star Medal and later, the Purple Heart.
Through the GI Bill, John attended Western Maryland College, where one of the high points of his college life was winning the John Alexander Award for Outstanding Athlete of the Year. This love for sports continued throughout his lifetime. He played on the General Motors softball team for many years of his career there as an industrial engineer. He also was an avid golfer, and in his earlier years an ice skater and tennis player.
Above all, "Pa", as he was affectionately known, enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, particularly his grandchildren. He loved attending their baseball and basketball games and dance recitals. John was a gregarious person who enjoyed entertaining during the holidays with friends. He and his beloved wife, Theresa, were members of Holy Angels Parish, where he was an usher for 30 years.
John was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Theodora "Theresa" (Siepietoski) Adamovich; his parents, Terence and Catherine (Keblish) Adamovich; and his seven siblings.
John is survived by his children, Diane Brown, Debra Bleakney and husband, Glenn and Robert Adamovich; his grandchildren, Adam Brown, Alex Brown and wife, Jaime and Lauren Bleakney; his great grandchildren, twins Jayaden and Luca Brown and Brooklyn Brown; and his nieces and nephews. His feisty spirit and zest for life is what all will remember. He will be truly missed by family and friends.
A viewing will be held at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 from 9-10:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, where he will rest peacefully with his dear wife.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to the
, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
To offer condolences, visit
Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, 2012