John AponasewiczAugust 15, 2017
John David Aponasewicz of Charleroi, a longtime electrician and craftsman, died Tuesday, August 15, after suffering a fall in Florida while he was vacationing with family.
Mr. Aponasewicz, 90, was born in Brownsville and raised in “little California,” but he spent his adult life in Charleroi.
Mr. Aponasewicz was well-known throughout the community, in part because he cut a striking figure dressed in his favorite uniform – blue work pants and a blue work shirt – as he made his daily rounds to Mass, the church rectory, Van Beck Electric, Rite Aid and Citizens Bank.
“He was a quiet figure all of the time, but everybody knew him,” said Darlene Oates, his niece, of Pittsburgh. “He wore those clothes every day. They were part of the fabric of who he was: a good, hard-working, devout, family man.”
During his professional career, Mr. Aponasewicz worked at Corning Glass Company, served in the Army during the Korean War, and he later retired from Lee Norse/Ingersoll Rand. Additionally, he operated his own one-man electrical business for several decades, and he still took on small jobs for long-time customers who trusted his knowledge and skills.
Mr. Aponasewicz also was a craftsman who handmade stained-glass lamps and windows throughout his life for family and friends.
Mr. Aponasewicz is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Jane; two daughters Kathi (Frank) Zencuch, of Naples Florida, and Mary Jean (Chuck) Lupariello, of Sewickley, and a daughter-in-law, Diane Moody Rusak. He also is survived by two sisters, Helen Brannock and Ann Hanuscin, both of Warren, Ohio, his grandchildren Jason (Teresa) Zencuch, Adam (Cristina) Zencuch; Daniel, Julia and Matthew Lupariello; and Michael Rusak and his great grandchildren Jackie, Katie & Izzy Zencuch; and Christopher & Victoria Zencuch; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Magdalena and Kostanty Aponasewicz; a sister Elizabeth Francis and two sons, Robert Rusak and Michael Rusak.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, from 12 to 2p.m and 5 to 7p.m at Schrock-Hogan Funeral & Cremation Services INC., 226 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi.
Mass will be said on Monday at 10a.m at Mary, Mother of the Church, 624 Washington Avenue, Charleroi with the Rev. Gerald S. Mikonis officiating.
Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Charleroi.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Charleroi Fire Department, 328 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, PA 15022. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com