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John J. Roland(1927 - 2014)

TRENTON - John J. Roland, "Jack," 86, of Trenton passed away in his sleep at home on July 12, 2014.
Jack was born as John Raulinaitis to Zigmond and Alexandria (Barysas/Boris) in Mt. Carmel, PA. on September 23, 1927. He was the youngest child of his parents, who emigrated from Lithuania in their youth. He changed his name to John Joseph Roald on February 21, 1949 in Mercer County Jack attended Holy Cross Parochial School in Mt. Carmel, then moved to Trenton with his mother and graduated froM Trenton Catholic Boys High School. He was drafted and served in the Army, Occupation in Tokyo, Japan.
After taking college courses he worked at The Times of Trenton newspaper as a machinist and in the composing room from 1949 until his retirement in 1992.
He married a lovely woman, Amelia Theresa Vasikonia 'Millie" on May 28, 1949 at Holy Cross Church in Camden. Her parents also emigrated from Lithuania in their youth. Jack and Millie enjoyed 50 years of marriage until her death on March 10, 2000.
A kind, friendly and generous person, Jack will be remembered as enjoying people's company and his favorite pastimes of resourceful repairing, fishing, dancing, fruit picking and eating, reading the paper, playing chess and cards and making apple pie.
In recent years he greatly enjoyed the friends and activities at the Lawrence Senior Center.
Jack is survived by four children, John P. Roland and deceased wife Kathy of Trenton, Edward J. Roland of Trenton,Ann M. Roland and husband Lance G. Phillips of Columbus, Mo., Mary E. Roland of Denver, Colo.; his grandchildren are Elaine R. Phillips and Kevin G. Phillips and his wife Sarah Landwehr and their children Amelia J. Phillips and Leo W. Phillips.
Jack was predeceased by his parents and wife. He was the last living of his brothers, Edward Joseph Mack (Vincent Mikalauskas) and Joseph W. Mack (Joseph Mikalauskas) and Francis V. Roland (Raulinaitis) and Henry Raulinaitis and Charles M. Roland (Casimir M. Raulinaitis).
Jack requested no funeral and will be interred at the Bordentown Cemetery by Knott's Colonial Funeral Home. Condolences can be sent to the family home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Senior Center, 30 E. Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville NJ 08648 in honor of the kind person Jack was, acts of kindness and forgiveness may be performed at any time.
Published in The Trentonian on July 25, 2014
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