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John J. Kuzmiak, ll
Kuzmiak, John J. ll, Esq., 77, of Johnstown. Died Jan. 28, 2021, at Conemaugh Medical Center. Born October 9, 1943, in Johnstown. Son of the late John J. and Mary (Kormanik) Kuzmiak. Also preceded in death by sister, Carol Marie Pascua and nephew Kai. Survived by wife of 51 years, Grace N. (Stevens); children, Tina Marie (Brian) Wolford, and Johnny (Nicole) Kuzmiak; grandchildren, Lexi Jo and Broc Wolford, Quinn Marie, Kash, Kobin, and Carter Kuzmiak. Brother of Rose Marie Tracy and Charles Thomas (Brenda) Kuzmiak. Also survived by Uncle Michael Kuzmiak, and cousins, Michael “Tyke” Mastovich, Stephen Mastovich, Ronald Gritzer, Nancy Kuzmiak, Skip Kormanik, and Loretta Hanft. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and best buddy, Max Pavlovich. 1961 graduate of Richland High School where he played football. Graduated from West Virginia University where he played football and was in the 1964 Liberty Bowl. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with his law degree. John also served in the US Navy and is a Vietnam War veteran. He was a boxing heavy weight champion in the Navy. John has been a lawyer in Johnstown serving in many capacities at the Cambria County Courthouse. He was the solicitor for Sankertown Borough and both Greater Johnstown and Conemaugh Valley School Districts. John was proud law partner for many years of Attorney Thomas Kalinyak. Member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 364, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4200, and The American Legion Post 0849. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Geistown-Richland Lion’s Club, the Union Social Club, Cambria County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and The Pennsylvania School Board Association. John never went anywhere in town without running into someone that knew him. He will be remembered for his annual Labor Day Crabfest and Mardi Gras parties. He had a great love for his family and cherished spending time with them and bragging about his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching their baseball, soccer, and softball games, and listening to them play the piano. One of John’s greatest qualities was his loyalty. His family and friends will remember who he was to them and hold their own special memories of him in their hearts. Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 pm Tuesday at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where Parastas will be held at 7 pm. Prayers will begin at 9:15 am Wednesday at the funeral home and follow with Funeral Liturgy at 10 am at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Conemaugh. Rev. Dr. Robert F. Oravetz, Pastor. Committal with military rites at Church Cemetery. (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)
Grace and family, Bill and I were so sorry to hear about John. We think of you often.
We have so many memories during our time in Knoxville. I wish we could have lived closer.
You and your family are in our prayers.
I was so excited about finding Tina Marie on Facebook. I had lost your telephone number so I was planning on getting it from her so we could call. Just wish I had not put off calling. You were great friends and I love you both. Love Mary and Bill
Mary Cox. Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM
Lots of memories with John. From Local l 910
To magistrates office. Many stories. So sorry for your loss Grace, and your family.
In Christian Love. Mary Ann and Jim Bravo
Jim Bravo Feb 3 2021 12:00 AM
Young John and family, You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He was a great man and the write up in the newspaper described him perfectly. My wife and myself will not be able to attend the viewing on Tuesday because we are in North Carolina for our granddaughters 16th birthday .We will definitely keep your father and you and your family in our thoughts and prayers prayers.God Bless and stay strong .With deepest sympathy and friendship. Mike and Joyce Muto and son Anthony and son Marc and family.
Mike Muto Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM
I met John in 1972 when I was a graduate student at University of Tennessee- Knoxville where my wifes and Grace did babysitting for each other from time to time ( my daughter Ana and Johns daughter Tina Marie). We became close mates for life as we had a lot of common interest - mainly history, cultural diversity issues and politics. In 1974 after graduation we went back to Iran - but kept in touch with John and Grace. When in 1978 I came to USA for a professional/work assignment to our utter surprise John along with Grace came to Columbus, Ohio to visit us, including our two daughters (for years thereafter y daughters would refer to the dolls and teddy bears John and Grace had brought them).John was a lawyer then and sparing the time was to visit us made a lasting impression on us.
years ago I came to USA from Australia where we have been living since 1990 and seeing John and Grace was one reason for visiting USA after a hiatus of 40 years. I had another mate with me Ron Sellers) and when we went back to New Jersey where my eldest daughter lives Ron was so impressed with John that when I toldhim that I am going to see John one more time before I kick the bucket Ron said I will derive you to John because I want to see him again also - this was Johna sincere, down to earth good .
guy whom one could detect his admirable traits in a short time.
I have lost a good mate - a soulmate.
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Reza Eftekhar Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM
Our thoughts are with you and your family .When we saw the football helmet it was a reminder of John playing football at Richland. I graduated in 1961 also and knew him as a kind and friendly guy with a great smile. Our prayers are with you as you go through this time of loss.
Dolph and Judy (Harris) Weaver Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM
My sincere sympathies to Johns family and friends. I knew John professionally and he was down-to-earth, genuine and very funny. Waiting for a case at the courthouse, or strolling through town, John was always friendly and very supportive of female attorneys. Everyone spoke well of him or had a funny story for him or about him. He sure loved life.
I am very sorry for your loss.
Pamela Mayer Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM
mrs. kuzmiak and family,
i knew john well through our sons and mccort hockey and we had a cordial and enjoyable friendship. i saw him often in town during the workweek as well, and we had many shared interests and associations. i was part of the "john, max, and bill" network of friends. i was looking forward to the covid situation being past us, so i could run into john and many others out there for our warm greetings and fun conversations. my deep sympathies to you and your family for the deep loss of a dear man.
richard holsinger Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM
A tremendous loss to our legal community - such a kind, vibrant person. I learned so much from him; my partners and I will miss him dearly.
Michelle Tokarsky, Silverman, Tokarsky & Forman
Michelle Tokarsky Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM
Our thoughts & prayers are with you. May you Rest In Peace.
Joyce & Dave Marsh Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM
John was one of the truly good people in the world. He was a pleasant and cordial individual who was always eager to share a story or a laugh. My condolences go out to his family who obviously have endured a tremendous loss. I hope they find solace in knowing that his friends, colleagues, acquaintances and the entire community will miss him.
Jim Salvia Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM