John Jefferson

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Jan. 23, 2013

John Jefferson, 67, of Ashley, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at HCR ManorCare Rehabilitation Center, Kingston.

Born Oct. 27, 1945, John was a son of the late Edward P. Jefferson and June Golden Jefferson.

He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Leo's Church and resided on Ridge Street his entire life. He graduated from St. Leo's High School as valedictorian. John furthered his education by graduating from King's College with a bachelor of arts in business administration and from the University of Scranton with a Master of Business Administration. John began his career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by working for the Pennsylvania State Liquor Control Board. He went on to be employed for more than 30 years by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources as a water quality specialist before retiring in 2007. John was a member of the Wyoming Valley Holy Name Bowling League for more than 20 years. John enjoyed the simpler things in life. He loved gardening, cooking, baking his famous cheesecakes, decorating for holidays and going on vacations. He shared a great love and appreciation of music with his daughter. John found his greatest joys in spending time with his family and pets. His quiet, distinguished mannerisms espoused a caring man full of wisdom and love.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his brother, Thomas Edward Jefferson, and infant sister, Mary Jefferson.

Surviving are his loving wife of 35 years, Rita Muth Jefferson, Ashley; adoring daughter, Lisa Jefferson, Philadelphia; sister, Ann Roman and her husband, Ed, Shavertown. Also surviving are John's dear family of brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Sue Muth, Joe and Geralyn Muth, Miriam and Ron Neher, Gerard and Robin Muth, Flo Muth, Cathy and Tom Richards and Jean Muth. He also is survived by his nieces and nephews who brought him great love, Katie, Chuck, Mollie and Andy Grove, Michelle, Curtis and Hunter Harned, Ron, Ashley, Krissy, Jack and Olivia Neher, Brian, Sarah, Nathan and Eliana, Sara and Marty Kane, Melissa and Brian Osick, Patrick Muth, Tom Richards, Michelle Beloin, Amy Muth, Sami Muth, Ally Muth, Abby Muth, Mary Roman, Kevin Roman, Christopher Jefferson, Brett Jefferson, Patrick Jefferson, Becky Richards; as well as very dear family friend, Karen Schreiber.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. from St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church, Manhattan Street, Ashley. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions are made to St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church or to the St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Food Pantry, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley, PA 18706.

Published in Times Leader on Jan. 26, 2013