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John J. Golonka

April 5, 1926 ~ May 10, 2018 (age 92)
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John J. Golonka, 92 of Canonsburg passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Greenery Center for Rehab and Nursing in Canonsburg.

He was born on April 5, 1926 in Slovan to Frank and Valeria Drokak Golonka who preceded him in death.

On August 25, 1951 he married his beloved wife Victoria M. Kosharsky who passed away on October 21, 2009.

Mr. Golonka was a military veteran having served his country in the United States Army during World War II.  He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), an American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and a World War II Victory Ribbon. He was a member of VFW Post #191 in Canonsburg.

Before retiring at age 57, he worked as a coal miner for Consol.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Canonsburg. Mr. Golonka had many interests including hunting, fishing, gardening and attending polka dances.

He is the last of his immediate family.

He is survived by his two sons Kennth Golonka of Canonsburg and Lawrence Golonka (Kimrlee) of Franklin Park and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers Edward, Walter, Joseph, Thad and Raymond Golonka and sisters Helen Losh, Wanda and Stella.

Friends are welcome from 2~4 pm and 7~9 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, LFD, owner/supervisor and Darla A. Tripoli, LFD, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120 where departing prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 317 West Pike Street, Canonsburg. Interment with full military rites accorded by VFW Post #191 and the United States Army will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in McMurray.

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