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John R. Jaros

John R. Jaros, 95, formerly of 14 Brownville Avenue, Ipswich, and husband of the late Sophie L. (Lauderowicz)  Jaros, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in the Masconomet Healthcare Center, Topsfield, following a long illness.

Born April 24, 1919 in Monaca, PA, he was the son of the late Louis and Anna (Fala) Jaros.  He attended Monaca public schools, playing football, baseball, track, golf, and was a gymnast in high school, and continued playing sports throughout his life. He was the pitcher for one of the softball teams in Ipswich, and was always an enthusiastic football fan.  Following high school, John worked in a glass factory and later a steel mill in PA. 

Entering the US Army in October 1941, he was first stationed in Ipswich at Camp Agawam, and later was sent overseas to fight in Southern France, Northern Africa, Italy, Belgium, and Germany.  John was awarded many decorations and citations, including but not limited to a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and European Theatre ribbon. He was honorably discharged in November 1945 as a Private First Class.

While at Camp Agawam, John went to a Polish Dance and met the lady who he would marry. John and Sophie were married in 1942 and were together for sixty years, until her death in 2002.  A devoted husband, and he would proudly say that he and his wife never argued in all those years. 

Following the war, John worked at Sylvania, in Ipswich.  He later worked as a supervisor at Charette battery. He also worked in the shipping department at MacMillan’s and then at Klenatron, as a factory worker and a supervisor.  The Jaros both opted to take an early retirement so that they could spend more time together and “enjoy their leisure time”. He loved flying pigeons and belonged to several pigeon clubs, winning many trophies for his birds. He was a long time member of the Topsfield Fair where he and Sophie worked in the Poultry Building. They also enjoyed gardening and were famous for their home made pickles. They could be seen frequently at the Rowley Market Basket, doing their daily shopping, or eating at the Rowley McDonald’s. 

He loved to tell jokes and had a great sense of humor with the ability to go on for hours amusing people. Always someone who enjoyed meeting new people and socializing, after moving to Masconomet in 2004 he was often seen sitting in the lobby greeting the visitors, or singing to some of the patients who were in rehab. 

John is survived by a niece in Florida and by his many friends. The family would like to give special thanks to his close friends Sean Ryan and Patty Guay and family of Ipswich, Rick Martel and his wife Brandy and family of Andover, Dr. Alex Paduchak and his wife Oksana and family of Ipswich,  and the late Jim and Marie Shaw.  John would often refer to Sean, Rick, and Alex “my three sons”. 

His funeral will be held Monday December 15, 8am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a 9am Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment with military honors will be in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Visiting hours are Sunday 2 to 4pm.

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