SPARTA - John Buhlinger, 85, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2014. John was born in the Bronx, N.Y., lived in Byram for 58 years before moving to Sparta one year ago. He was a longtime member of the Highlife Ski Club in Rockaway. John was a heavy equipment operator for Ferdon Inc., retiring in 1996.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Katherine (Kushnerchuk) Buhlinger; devoted father of Christine Buhlinger and her husband, Glenn Hunger, John Buhlinger and his wife, Genevieve, Thomas Buhlinger and his partner, Helen McLaughlin, and Lisa Buhlinger and her husband, Steve Stengel. He also is survived by his loving grandchildren: Kelly Bain and her husband, Clark, Brian Buhlinger, Devon Buhlinger, Thomas Buhlinger, Rebeccah Bailey, Megan Stengel and her husband, Tony, and Kyle Stengel.
He lived a legendary life. Friends may call Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta. A funeral service will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.