John Mathew Shevrovich Saratoga - John Mathew Shevrovich died Sunday, Sept. 8, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Detroit, Mich., son of Matthew and Anna (Utovich) Shevrovich, the oldest of 11 children. John graduated from Eastern Michigan University, where he was a scholar athlete. He attended the University of Michigan
Law School but found his true vocation, education, which became his life-long career. He completed his post-graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Subsequently he was designated a master teacher of mathematics, and also taught history and earth science. He was a school administrator for much of his career, serving as Superintendent of Schools at East Jackson, Mich., and Superintendent of Schools at Lake George Central School, Lake George, N.Y., from 1965-1985, from where he retired. A veteran of World War II
, John served in the US Navy. When John came to Lake George, he developed an innovative school district, which included building a new elementary school that later earned national recognition as a model school. During his tenure, the junior-senior high school achieved national accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. John was very active in his community, serving as president of the Lake George Rotary Club
. He was a leader among school administrators, serving as president of CASDA, a school administrators' association. A member of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Lake George, he was a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Parish Council and the building committee. In a life full of honor and accomplishment, John's greatest achievement was his 68-year marriage to his beloved wife Mary Catherine (Bell), his seven daughters and their families. John is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine (Bell); his daughters, Mary Ellen (Dave) Smith of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Kathleen (Anthony) Salvato of Catskill, N.Y., Anne (Bob) Mason of Shelburne, Vt., Peggy (Brian) McHugh of Orange Park, Fla., Laura (Dan) Noonan of Ballston Spa, N.Y., Carol (Keith) Roberts of Esperance, N.Y., and Terri (Jeff) Dutcher of Niskayuna, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Lake George on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., with Mass and Burial immediately following. The family invites friends and family to join them for a celebration of John's life at Top of the World Resort Clubhouse, Lake George, from 4-7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in John's name to the Lake George Scholarship Association, c/o Lake George High School, 381 Canada St., Lake George, NY 12845; or The North Country Ministry, 3933 Main St., Warrensburg, NY 12885. The family would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to the third floor staff at Hathorn, Wesley Nursing Home, Saratoga Springs, for their loving care of John. Arrangements are under the care of the Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury.