John began making the world a better place on June 17, 1949 in Youngstown, Ohio. His youth was spent passing time with friends in the great outdoors. Upon graduating from Chaney High School in 1967, he continued his education by attending United Electronics Institute in Akron, Ohio, where he earned his technical degree. Following the completion of his degree, he answered the call to serve his country, following in his father’s footsteps. John enlisted in the U.S. Army. His mission turned to serving his country in Taegu, South Korea at the Strategic Communication Center. While stationed in South Korea, John’s generous heart was shown by his frequent visits to the orphanage where he made their world a better place by bringing them bags of candy. After serving his term, he returned to his roots by amplifying his love of music. He excitedly accepted a position at the Record Shop in the service department. His talents were soon recognized and he was promoted to a sales position. John’s conversational skills enabled him to be successful in this position. These skills also swooned a certain young woman sporting a tan and rose dress, whom he would later affectionately refer to as “Judy”. John and Jane began creating the soundtrack of their married life. Their wedding song was played on September 6, 1975 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Youngstown, Ohio. For the next 45 years, Perry Como’s And I Love You So played in the background as they raised their family. The next song began recording further east in Laurel, Maryland as John was asked to join a very special mission at the Goddard Space Flight Center as a government contractor with the Bendix Field Engineering Cooperation. He made the world a better place while being part of the team that coordinated the international communication for the Apollo Soyuz Mission. A new song was written as John and Jane welcomed their first daughter into the world. John then began a westward trek to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he began his lifelong career as a System’s Engineer at GTE Data Services. During his time in Erie many a lullaby songs such as “La Di Da Di dum” and “This Is The Song That Never Ends” were played as John joyfully welcomed his next two daughters into the world thus completing his family. In 1989, he was transferred to the data center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. John spent the next portion of his life immersed in his family. He was heavily involved in his neighborhood association and spearheaded a project to have a park built in Windsor Woods. Many a night, John was found at the ball fields coaching his daughter’s softball team and served as president of the Washington Township Girls’ softball league. In addition to supporting his daughters in their education, he was often found volunteering his time at the schools where his wife worked. John loved spending time with his friends, his social antics included performing karaoke at Bishop Dwenger. John then found a new passion and began volunteering at a horse rescue. While a country song played, John and Jane acquired their own acreage and rescued their own horses. John continued his employment until 2010. His family life included caring for rescued dogs, cats, horses, fish, frogs, a turtle and a hamster. John found peace in a pasture with his horses or in spending time with his wife, daughters and their families. John’s final ballad was played on September 9, 2020. He passed peacefully while in the loving embrace of his family. John’s mission is carried on by his wife Jane of 45 years, daughter Stacy (Sean) Martin, Kim Sandor, Lindsay (Aaron) Stoner and his grandchildren: Isaiah, Emma, Luke, Felicity, Hannah, Lucy, Jackson and Reagan. He is also survived by his sister Kathleen and extended family and is preceded in death by his parents John and Katherine Sandor and sister in law Barb. The world is a better place because it witnessed his gentleness, generosity, compassion and sense of humor. We love you dad.
Visitation will be at Divine Mercy Funeral Home on Sunday September 13th 2020 from 4-8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on September 14th 2020 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church at 10:30 am, visitation will be one hour prior at the Church. All are kindly asked to wear masks to both the funeral home and the Church.
Memorial Donations may be made to:
Ride with Faith
6130 County Road 427
Auburn, IN 46706
Building Fund of the Oratory of St. Mary Magdalene
1502 E Wallen Rd
Ft. Wayne, IN 46825
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