John R. Hovanec

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John R. Hovanec, 82, of Morrisville, Pa., died peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Swoyersville, John lived in Kingston and Trenton before moving to Morrisville in 1966.

Mr. Hovanec began his working career as a bricklayer in the construction industry. He worked for Prior Typewriter Co., Trenton, for 11 years before going on to work as a corrections officer at the Trenton State Correctional Facility from 1971 to 1989, where he was known as "Big John." After that, he worked at the St. Francis Medical Center Prison Unit from 1989 until his retirement in 1995.

John was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Morrisville American Legion. He was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Morrisville.

An avid bowler, John loved traveling, vacationing in Ocean City, Md., but mostly he cherished spending time with his family, especially his grandsons.

Son of the late John and Victoria Hovanec, and brother of the late George Hovanec and Mary Geoghagon, he is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Louise Lemes Hovanec; two daughters, Susan Hovanec and Nancy Hovanec-Bill, both of Morrisville; a former son-in-law, Robert S. Bill, Croydon; brother, Frank Hovanec, Swoyersville; sister, Florence Hovanec, Wilkes Barre; two grandchildren, Tyler and Tanner Bill; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Monday at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 201 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville. The Rev. John Eckert, pastor, will celebrate the Mass. His committal service, military honors and interment will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, Pa. Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville.

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Published in Times Leader on Apr. 19, 2013
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