John Anthony Denchy

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April 21, 2014

John Anthony Denchy passed away Monday at Shenandoah Senior Living Community with family by his side.

Born in Shenandoah, June 23, 1946, John was a son of the late George John and Kathryn Marie Shemansky Denchy.

He was a graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School.

John was a decorated Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the 301st Army Security Agency Battalion stationed in Chitose, Japan. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

On May 4, 1989, he married the former Barbara A. Botham, who survives.

John was retired from Jeld-Wen, Ringtown, where he worked as a glass line finisher. Prior to that, he worked as a certified auto mechanic and major appliance repairman.

He was a member of St. George Church, Shenandoah.

Before becoming ill, John enjoyed gardening and trips to the beach with his family. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, but especially loved routing for the Phillies with his son, "Johnny."

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were three sisters, Mary Christine Denchy, Catherine Black and Regina Denchy.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of almost 25 years, are a son, John S. Denchy and his wife Candice, Barnesville; four daughters, Kathleen Brown and her husband, Chris, Pine Grove, Angela M. Kerstetter and her husband, Robert, Marion Heights, Jessica L. Sajone and her husband, Daniel, Shenandoah, and Vanessa E. Papa and her husband, Joseph, Shenandoah; four grandsons, Nicholas, Alexander, Jacob and Michael; five granddaughters, Juliet, Kayla, Emily, Jillian and Jocelyn; two brothers, Joseph Denchy and his wife, Roseanna, Florida, and George Denchy and his wife, Marion, Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Prayer and scripture services will be held at noon Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 38 E. Oak St., Shenandoah, with the Rev. Christopher C. Wollyung officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the church from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday. There will be no calling hours or services from the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be made in John's name to the First United Methodist Church, 38 E. Oak St., Shenandoah, PA 17976. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a condolence for the family, visit

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Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home
132 South Jardin Street Shenandoah, PA 17976-2225
(570) 462-0921
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Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 22, 2014
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