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John Joseph Shirilla


1929 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
John Joseph Shirilla Obituary
JOHN JOSEPH SHIRILLA entered eternal life on December 13, 2014 at the age of 85. He was born March 6, 1929 in Campbell, Ohio to Slovak immigrants, Jan and Katarina Sirilla. John attended Campbell Memorial High School and earned his B.A. from Youngstown State University, before completing graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He also served in the Army during the Korean conflict from 1951-1953. John married the love of his life, Vivian (Sciortino) Shirilla in 1954, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Together, they moved to California in 1958 and settled in Riverside, where they lived for the next 56 years. John taught in the Riverside Unified School District at both Riverside Poly and Ramona High Schools for over 30 years, where he taught business and drivers education, and also coached golf before retiring in 1989. John was an avid golfer and long time member of the Indian Hills Golf Club, where he enjoyed playing with friends. He was also a founding member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Fontana, where he enjoyed attending mass every Sunday. He took pride in his home and his meticulously manicured lawn, but most of all, he took pride in caring for his beloved wife and family. He looked forward to joining his wife in heaven following her passing in September. John Shirilla was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian; brothers, Dan and Michael Shirilla; sister Marge (Shirilla) Culbertson. He is survived by daughters Kathleen Clinnin of Carlsbad, California (husband John Clinnin), Valerie Roberts of Ventura, California (husband Tom Roberts), and son John Shirilla of Menifee, California; as well as grand-children Justin Shirilla, Lauren and Matthew Roberts, and Jack Clinnin. Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 9112 Oleander Ave., Fontana, CA at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in memory of John J. Shirilla.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 16, 2014
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