John I. Orosz, 92, formerly of Fairport Harbor, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Rae-Ann Nursing Home in Geneva, where he had been a resident since September.
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John was born in 1920 in Fairport Harbor, and lived there and in Painesville for most of his life. He was a graduate of Fairport Harbor High School and Hiram College, where he received an education degree.
John proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army's 8th Air Corps, the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force, spending most of his service in England as a radar specialist.
He was a retired schoolteacher, having worked most of his career as a science and math teacher at Madison Middle School. He also was a loan officer for 50 years at the Lake County School Employees Credit Union and had been a part-time park ranger for Lake Metroparks.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Painesville and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fairport Harbor. He was a member of the VFW and was a charter member of the Hungarian Culture Club in Fairport Harbor.
John loved Lake Erie, and was an avid fisherman and nature lover who spent many happy hours enjoying the outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Betty Mihaly Orosz; his Hungarian immigrant parents, Gabor and Julia; and siblings, Gabriel, Joseph, Steven, Michael, George, Frank, Margaret, Anna, Robert and a brother also named John who died in childhood.
He is survived by one sister, Malvina Heacox of Sun City, Ariz. Also surviving are his children, John "J.P." (Pat) of Nashville, Tenn., Bruce (Kathy Downey) of Warrenton, Va., Monica (Tom Vanderford) of Charleston, W.Va., Gretchen (Steven Jones) of Fort Smith, Ark., Jennifer (Greg) Hadden of Arvada, Colo., Loretta of Portland, Ore., and Neal of Euclid; grandchildren, Jamin and Trevor Downey-Orosz, Mary Margaret and Christopher George, Derek and A.J. Hadden and Talise Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Rae-Ann for its compassionate care during John's time there. The family also wishes to offer a special thanks to John's caregiver, Mary Lucha, and her husband, Jim for their love and companionship.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home 667 Mentor Ave., Painesville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 523 Plum St., Fairport Harbor. Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in Painesville will take place at a later date.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to Crossroads Hospice or Lake County Metroparks.
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Published in www.News-Herald.com on Aug. 24, 2013