John J. O'Rourke
FUNERAL HOME
R. Strunk Funeral Home
400 Main Street
Phoenixville, PA
A cloud of sadness fell upon the Spring Ford area on Saturday, October 9, 2021 when John J. O’Rourke, age 91, died peacefully in the comfort of home at Arcadia Senior Community. For seventy years, he was married to the love of his life, Jean (Smith) O’Rourke. John was born in Trevorton, PA a son to the late William and Catherine (Brubitz) O’Rourke. He resided most of his life in Royersford and was known to many for his little and big acts of kindness and helpfulness. John was a graduate of Trevorton High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict of which he was very proud. In 1955, for job opportunities, John, with his family, moved to Royersford. With forty years of service, John retired from Diamond Glass Company and was the last employee working there as they closed their doors forever. John was a long-time member of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Royersford and proudly served as an Usher for forty- two years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1374 and a Life member of the Liberty Fire Company, Spring City, Life member of the Friendship Fire Company, Royersford, member of the Spring City American Legion Thomas W. O’Connor Post 602, Royersford VFW Post 6341 and St. Pius X Athletic Association. John served as a volunteer on the Spring City American Legion Baseball grounds crew for almost 20 years, working hard on that field up to the age of 89. In addition to his wife, John will be forever missed by his children, Susan Rutkowski (John), Rock Hall MD, Kathi Rees (Denis) and a son, Thomas O’Rourke (Wendy) Little Grove Australia. His grandchildren, Stephen Rutkowski (Beverly), Michael Rutkowski (Sarah), Jeffrey Rees,(Danelle), Katie O’Rourke Harrison, Maegan Rees (Kaitlyn Bush), and great grandchildren, Matthew Rutkowski, Madison Rutkowski, Benjamin Rutkowski, Claire Rutkowski, Jordan Rees, Michael Rees, Jack Harrison and Indy Harrison will miss their PopPop more than words can say. He was so loved by his surviving sisters Ellen Stoerckert, Florida and Marie Lucas, Marysville, PA many nieces and nephews, extended friend family, many dear friends and all those who cared for him at Arcadia Senior Community. He is predeceased by an infant daughter Barbara Jean O’Rourke, and a sister Catherine Kobel and brothers James, William and Gerald O’Rourke. His funeral service will be held on Saturday October 16, 2021 beginning at 12:30 PM at the Sacred Heart Church Sacred Heart Church, 838 Walnut St., Royersford PA 19468. Monsignor Joseph Gentili will be the Officiant. Burial will follow in the Fernwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in the R. Strunk Funeral Home, 400 Main St. Phoenixville PA from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Due to the uncertainties of Covid, masks are required. John loved the color green and so loved his country, if possible, please wear something green or red, white, and blue. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made in his memory to the St. Vincent de Paul% Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 64 Royersford, PA 19468 or the Piarist School 7279 State Rt. 321, PO Box 369 Hage Hill KY 41222. Online condolences may be made and obituary viewed at www.RStrunk Funeral Home.com
Published by The Mercury from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
16
Visitation
9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
R. Strunk Funeral Home
400 Main Street, Phoenixville, PA
Oct
16
Funeral service
12:30p.m.
Sacred Heart Church
838 Walnut St, Royersford, PA
Oct
16
Burial
Fernwood Cemetery
PA
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Kathi, My condolences to you and your family. I will always remember him and his smile when I attended mass at Sacred Heart church.
Michele Steinmetz
October 14, 2021
Jean, we are thinking of and praying for you at this time! May John rest peacefully in the arms of our Loving Father!
Penny and George Gatcha
Friend
October 14, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our hearts go out to you, Jean, and your family. He was a wonderful man. Love to you and your family.
Fran & Rich Schlichter
Other
October 13, 2021
I worked with John at diamond. He showed me how to rebuild the valves in the Worthington air compressor along with many other things. I have 2 books that he wrote in the family might be interested in. Please call me at 6109065876 and I will give them to you. Sorry for your loss. mike
mike
Work
October 13, 2021
Aunt Jean and family ... We were so sorry to hear of Uncle John's passing. He really did have a smile on his face every time we saw him. You have our prayers and deepest sympathies; we know how hard this is. May perpetual light shine upon him.
Rahn & Diana Kobel
October 12, 2021
Dear Steve, Mike and Mr. and Mrs. Rutkowski and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your PopPop and father. I have so many fond memories of him and have known him since I was a kid. The times we had trout fishing along French creek and having a few beers at Tom´s bar afterward and all the summers that I was made to feel like a family member staying with your PopPop and MomMom at the beach house in LBI, NJ are just a few of them. He was such a kind and gentle man and his positive demeanor and of course his laugh is something that I will never forget. I loved to hear all his stories about life and his time in the army. He beamed with such pride when I saw him around all of you. What a amazing man and what a great life he lived! I am a better person just to have know him. He was a true American patriot and just a unbelievable grandfather. May God bless your PopPop! -Tom Petrowski
Tom Petrowski
Friend
October 12, 2021
When an elder is gone a library burns to the ground. Many great memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dave & Katarina Rutkowski
Family
October 12, 2021
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