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John Barcola

June 12, 2017

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The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, with mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Visitation  Church, Dickson City.  Friends may call Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dickson City.  To leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website.

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John Barcola, 95, of Dickson City, and formerly of Carbondale, died Monday morning June 12, 2017 at Mid Valley Manor.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years  the former Eleanor Holeva Mishko Barcola.

Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Sebastian and Carmella Gallo Barcola and he was a member of St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City.  John was educated in the Columbus School of the Carbondale Area School District, and he served with the civilian conservation corps for the U.S. Government.  After working in the Carbondale area mines for the Hudson Coal Co., he served with the Merchant Marines during WW II sailing all over the world while transporting Marines and equipment into the various war zones.  John worked construction  for  Spott Construction Co.,  before finally retiring he worked at Keystone College as a painter.

John loved dancing and fine dining with his wife, Eleanor.  He enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and Mohegan Sun Casino.  John had a heart of gold and would help anyone with anything.  He had a tremendous zest for life and adored his grandchildren who loved him just as much in return.

John’s family wishes to thank the wonderful, loving and caring staff at Mid Valley Manor; Kelly, Joanne, Lisa, Jack, Jenn, Lucy, Ken, Debby, Amanda, and Sheila.  As well as family friend, Carol Desmarteau;  and the entire staff at Compassionate Care Hospice, especially Garrett Griffiths, Erin McTiernan, Carolyn, Tara, Bobbi, Emmy, Jenn, Linda, Amy, Diana and Crystal.

Surviving are two sisters, Helen LaTempio and Concetta Booth, both of Rochester, NY; step children, Ruth O’Connor and husband, Jim Gaithersburg, MD and Dennis Mishko, Dickson City; family friend, Laura Lee Pavlowski, Blakely; grandchildren, Casey O’Connor and wife, Bridget, Ellen  O’Connor Dickson and husband, Matthew, Michelle Mishko, Samantha Mishko, Jillian D. Mishko and Dennis Mishko and fiancé, Kathleen Lavelle; great grandchildren, Reinaldo Roman, Grace and Casey James, JR O’Connor and Mary Ellen Dickson along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Anthony, Frank, Samuel, Nicholas and Angelo and sisters, Antoinette Gervasi, Lucy Draper, Marie Casata and step son, John Mishko.

The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, with mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Visitation  Church, Dickson City.  Friends may call Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dickson City.  To leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website.