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John Rechinda

February 8, 2014

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John Rechinda, Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, died Saturday morning in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at the Geisinger Community Medical Center. His wife of 53 years is the former Dianne Gray.

Born in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Macheski Rechinda. He was a member of the St Thomas More St Mary’s Parish Community. Prior to retirement he had been employed for over 35 years by the Long Island Lighting Company in construction, splicing and as a schematic programmer. He was a master scuba diver and also taught scuba diving classes. John was a devoted 4th degree Knight of Columbus, served as a Past Grand Knight, 7403 was proficient in all aspects of the degree work and administered 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th degrees on numerous occasions and was member of the Msgr. John P. McDonough Council. He was a United States Army veteran.

John started a scholarship program within W.L.E. Every year, 4 (four) $1000.00 scholarships were awarded in WLE if certain criteria was met by a college bound student. This would help them to buy books etc….

For many years during Christmas at W.L.E. he would dress up as Santa to collect food for the local food pantry’s.

Also surviving are a daughter Sharon Spiller and her husband David of Florida; a son John and his wife Debbie of Long Island; sisters Christine Russo and her husband Gregg of Kentucky, Frances Hunter and her husband Andrew of Pennsylvania, and Rita Kempinski and her husband Bernard of Colorado; a brother Nicholas and his wife Edie of North Carolina; grandson Christopher John affectionately known as CJ; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother Michael.

Anyone attending the funeral should go directly to the church on Wednesday morning.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10am in St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s Church Rd. Ledgedale.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7pm in the James Wilson Funeral Home 143 Gravity Rd. lake Ariel and Wednesday morning from 9:30am until the time of Mass at the church.

Interment, St. Mary’s Cemetery.



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