John S. Gontarz

BERLIN - John S. Gontarz, 85, of Lower Lane Berlin, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014. He was the husband of Florence (Banulski) Gontarz.

Born in New Britain John was the son of the late Szczepan and Franciska Gontarz. John was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He was owner and operator of Gontarz Floor Covering. He was deeply involved with the Knights of Columbus as a member of both third and fourth degree he served the Knights in many capacities including grand knight , financial secretary, faithful navigator, district deputy and color guard.

In addition to his wife Florence, John is survived by his five daughters, Ann Gontarz, of Southington, Marie and her husband, David Stark, of South Windsor, Nancy and her husband, Dr. Louis Rague, of Hilliard, Ohio, Patti and her husband, Chris Hilal, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Paula and her husband, Robert Fox, of Peterborough, N.H.; grandchildren, Kari, Bryan, Eric, Casey, Lisa, Andrea, Haley, Adam, Kaleigh and Justin; great-grandchildren, Karissa, Michael and Nathan; one sister, Helena Gontarz, of Merced, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by two brothers, Stanley and Kasmir Gontarz; and three sisters, Eve Fraser, Charlotte Closson and Lucy Zions.

Funeral service were held on Thursday, April 10, at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Saint Paul Church. Burial with military honors was followed in Maple Cemetery on Worthington Ridge Berlin. Memorial contributions may be made to the or other Alzheimer's related charity.

Published in The Record-Journal on Apr. 17, 2014