John E. Tomusko|
LORAIN - John E. Tomusko, 88, of Lorain, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain after a short illness.
He was born December 15, 1924 in Lakewood, grew up in Vermilion and had resided in Lorain since 1947.
John graduated from Vermilion High School in 1943 where he was Vice President of his class and Captain of the varsity football team. He served with the US Marine Corps as a Radio Operator during World War II with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He participated in the Pacific Area Air Offensive and Occupation of China. After his discharge from the military, he attended Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1950.
John worked as a welder at Thew Shovel in Lorain, as a Welding Engineer at the General Motors Tank Plant in Cleveland and at the Terex Division of General Motors in Cleveland before retiring. He then worked at Germans Villa in Vermilion for 20 years.
John was an avid golfer and bowler and participated in many leagues in the area. He coached Little League and Hot Stove Baseball for the Griffith Blacktop team.
He was a member of the Church of St. Peter, AMVETS Post #47, VFW Post #451 and the American Slovak Club, all in Lorain.
John was very proud of his Slovak heritage and kept in touch with his family in Europe. He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching all sports, bingo and horseracing.
He is survived by his children Dennis (Maria) Tomusko and Elaine (Mark) Biczykowski, all of Amherst, daughter-in-law Jean Clark of LaGrange, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and sister Marge Zelenak of Vermilion.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ann Tomusko (nee Miller) on January 11, 2012, son Thomas J. Tomusko in 1992, parents Steven and Susie Tomusko (nee Novotny) and brother George Tomusko in 1992.
The family will receive friends Friday from 4-8 pm at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave, Lorain. Additional viewing will be held Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of the mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am at the Church of St. Peter, 3601 Oberlin Ave, Lorain. The Rev. Craig Hovanec, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township where the VFW Post #451 and American Legion Post #30, both of Lorain will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Capital Campaign Fund at the Church of St. Peter, 3601 Oberlin Ave, Lorain, OH. 44052.
Online condolences can be made at www.gluvna.net.
Published in The Morning Journal on Jan. 25, 2013