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MAGERA, JOHN J., 92, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2011.

Born in Glenolden, PA, the son of John and Anna Magera, he attended St. Joe's Prep and graduated from Drexel University as a chemical engineer. He served our country honorably as a Seabee in World War II in the South Pacific, engineering vital water purification operations for our troops. He enjoyed employment as a division manager for Ace Glass Inc. until his retirement at age 76.

He was treasured at St. Agnes parish for his dedication to the Boy Scouts, and later at St. Bartholomew for his volunteerism and ever present camera. His passions included gardening, travel, photography, sailing, and hosting many parties- or as we call them "Magera Family Productions." He never met a stranger and greeted everyone with a hug. Knowing him was a gift; loving him was a joy. His family was his greatest treasure.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Rosemary O'Brien Magera, his parents, and his sister Anna Tuohey.

He is survived by his children, Dan Magera (Julia), Chuck Magera, Barbara Sturgeon (John), Patrick Magera (Marilyn) and Mary Pat King (David); his brother, George Magera and sister, Helen Whitmore; along with seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, his Onders family, his longtime friends and the wonderful community at The Forum.

The family expresses their gratitude for the kindness and care he received there, especially from the activity director, Mark.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 2042 Buechel Bank Road with burial to follow in Highland Memorial Gardens in Mt. Washington, KY. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 11a.m.-8 p.m. at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be made in his honor to Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 20, 2011
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