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.
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.