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John A. Roanoke

John A. Roanoke Obituary

John A. Roanoke, 86, of Nazareth, graduated to Glory, on Jan. 26, 2021, leaving his mortal body, tank top, shorts and his beloved New York Yankees.

John was the husband of Frances Becker Roanoke, a son of Andrew and Alice Roanoke, brother of Patricia Cullen, and grandfather of Zoey Roanoke, all rejoicing upon his arrival into the pearly gates.

John is a member of the famous J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah, Class of 1952, where stories, good times and great lifelong friendships abound. John was a member of the Navy from 1952-55, serving stateside during the Korean War. His bachelor's degree from Millersville State Teacher's College in 1960 was a source of pride in fulfilling his calling to teach and coach at Nazareth Area School District for more than four decades. He enjoyed coaching baseball and football for 20 plus years, along with spitting, yelling and a good love tap on the arm of his beloved athletes.

He is known as Dad to daughter, Daneen and her husband, Tim, son, John and his wife, Julie, and son, Michael, where his love abounds, and his grace abounds even greater. He is Big Pop to grandchildren, Tyler, Taylor and her husband, Gabe, Brendan, Kayna, Milo, Kellan, and Nicholas, as well as Great-Grandfather to Clayton, all of whom enjoy his love, mercy, breakfast buffets and large cash birthday gifts.

John was a faithful usher for the Saturday Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church and faithful Knight, who relished the responsibility of being IN CHARGE. Many people experienced John's love with slight nudges to direct orders, controlling the church lights, collection plate and many Lenten Friday night fish fries. Our father was best friend to Sandra Walcott, Bob and Judy Lichner, Bobby and CarolAnn Recker, Barry and Bonnie Boyer, along with too many friends to count. John consistently worked out at the YMCA and we thank all instructors and silver sneaker partners for making Dad's life enjoyable and healthy. Our father lived his life to the fullest, on his terms, and for that most precious gift, we are very thankful. The greatest commandment is to LOVE the Lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. The second is like it, LOVE your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:36-40). We know this is our father's passion and would like to challenge everyone that loves him to live this TRUTH in your own life.

The family asks that everyone celebrate the LIFE, well-lived, of John A. Roanoke by donating to the Nazareth Food Bank, which is near and dear to his heart, NAFB, P.O. Box 178, Nazareth, PA 18064. We are most grateful for your loving kindness towards our hero, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, veteran, coach, teacher, mentor and most of all FRIEND. Godspeed J.A.R. If anyone wishes to send his family condolence cards, please mail them to Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home Inc., ATTN. Roanoke, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, PA 18064, they will be forwarded to his family. Online condolences may be offered at www.jfreichelfuneralhome.com.

Published in Republican & Herald from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2021
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