Vlossak, John I.
John Innocent Vlossak departed this mortal coil on Feb. 13, 2015, at home and surrounded by his family, after 91 well-lived years.
Born in Palmerton, PA, he grew up in eastern Pennsylvania. John served in the Army during WWII as a lab technician in the 142nd General Hospital unit in Calcutta, India. After the war, he attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, majoring in Chemistry and developing his lifelong passion for the theater. In a Latrobe soda shop, John met the love of his life, Doris Jean Latanzio. The couple had 2 children, Mark and Terry. In 1959, John took a job as a metal plating chemist for Ultra Plating, where he developed three patents for chrome plating wire cloth used to make paper. Appleton Wire Works offered John a job in their lab in 1961, where he was instrumental in developing new methods to weave, plate and join wire cloth as well as educate and market it.
John's interests were many and varied. He acted in plays with Attic Theatre, where he was a noted character actor. John loved to garden and admired Japanese style so much, he built a Zen garden on his patio. John had a passion for wine, and parlayed that into a wine appreciation class at Fox Valley Technical College. An early member of the Society of Wine Educators, he was the first American to receive their Lifetime Achievement Award. John became a member of son Mark's St. Innocent Winer Board of Directors, in 1988. John made annual treks to Oregon to work the harvest.
After retiring from Appleton Wire/Albany International in 1990, John consulted as a metallurgist. He supported the development of the History Museum at the Castle, and the Paper Discovery Center where he volunteered as a docent. He and Dot travelled often to Europe, and John skied in Colorado until his 87th year.
In 2011, John and Dot moved to Salem, OR, where he continued his passion for wine and gardening.
John I. Vlossak is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dot; son, Mark (Vickianne), daughter, Terry (Chuck), "adopted" daughter, Meg (John), his granddaughters, Emma (Trevor), Anne, Makenzie, Katherine (Josh), grandson, James and great-grandsons, Luke and Will.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Stansbury Theatre in the Music Drama Center on the Lawrence University campus on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in John's name to the charity of your choice