John Cerifko

John Cerifko

Thursday, August 22nd, 1946 - Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Obituary

Obituary for John Cerifko

John Cerifko, 72, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, January 20, 2019 in the emergency room of Chambersburg Hospital. Born August 22, 1946 in Phillipsburg, PA, he was the son of the late John and Barbara Mandel Cerifko. He was a graduate of the West Branch Area High School and went on to graduate from Dubois Business College and Fort Lauderdale University. He served honorably with the United States Army. An accountant, John retired from Carlisle Barracks and had previously been employed at Martin Truck Corporation in Hagerstown, MD. He was a member of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge, the National Rifle Association, and USH Tae Kwon Do. He enjoyed golf and taught Tae Kwon Do for many years at Carlisle Barracks.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Alther Cerifko, whom he married December 7, 2001; his son, John Cerifko of Texas; three step-children, Steve Patterson and Cheryl, Kevin Patterson, and Kelly Lanes and husband Rich, all of Chambersburg; his step-granddaughter, Andrea Randall and husband Chuck and their children Aiden, Damon, and Scarlett Randall, all of South Carolina. He is also survived by numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, January 25, 2019 in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Suzanne Elliott will officiate. Interment with military honors by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard will follow at Parklawns Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 AM Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethesda Mission, PO Box 3041, Harrisburg, PA 17105 or to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 5051 Letterkenny Road West, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

To send flowers to the family of John Cerifko, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
Read Less

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
    CHAMBERSBURG, PA
    Friday, January 25th, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Road
    CHAMBERSBURG,
    Friday, January 25th, 2019
    11:00am
  • Interment

    Parklawns Memorial Gardens
    3218 Philadelphia Ave.
    Chambersburg, PA

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Subscribe to Updates

We encourage you to share any memorable photos or stories about John. All tributes placed on and purchased throught this memorial website will remain on in perpetuity for generations.

Gestures of Sympathy

Tribute Wall

Private Condolence
Would you like to attach a photo to your condolence?
Frank & Dixie Magni Family, Jack Hopkins, and others have sent flowers to the family of John Cerifko.
Hand delivered by a local florist
Flowers
Frank & Dixie Magni Family, Jack Hopkins, and others have sent flowers to the family of John Cerifko.
Hand delivered by a local florist
BK

Barbara Kelly

Toni, and family, Rich and I were saddened to see that John had passed away. We have fond memories of when you were our neighbors. We still laugh about the guys teasing you about how you could sit to split wood. We pray for you to be comforted by the Holy Spirit. And, please stop in to see us sometime. Former neighbors, Rich and Barb Kelly
Comment | Posted at 07:07pm via Condolence
FF

Frank & Dixie Magni Family

With heartfelt condolences,
Flower Image

Memorial Flowers Purchased

Frank & Dixie Magni Family purchased a flower arrangement for John Cerifko
Comment | Posted at 12:09pm via Floral Arrangements
JH

Jack Hopkins

With deepest sympathy,
Flower Image

Memorial Flowers Purchased

Jack Hopkins purchased a flower arrangement for John Cerifko
Comment | Posted at 08:07am via Floral Arrangements

Kim Groller-Pope

Kim and Donnie Pope, Toni were sorry to hear about John. We both worked with him in Carlisle. He was such a funny man and a joy to work with. He talked about you and you were his love of his life for sure. May you rest in peace John. We would be there but my dad just died. Keep happ memories always
Comment | Posted at 09:23pm via Condolence
SC

Steve Cerifko

Dear Toni and family, Steve and I are so very sorry to hear about John's passing. We are so glad to have spent time with you both in August.You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. John will be truly missed by us all. Sincere Sympathy, Love and Prayers, Steve and Tootsie Cerifko.
Comment | Posted at 11:33am via Condolence
Loading...

Sign in to leave a condolence for John Cerifko

Sign in with Facebook

Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family of John Cerifko with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Benefits to Ordering Flowers Through Heartfelt Sympathies

Send Beautiful Flower Arrangements

Ordering through us helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship. Through this service, a card with a picture of your selection will be included so you are able to leave a longer message of support to the family with your thoughtful gesture. Also included is a photo of your arrangement and message which will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website.

The Heartfelt Sympathies Difference:
  • Your flower arrangement will be hand-delivered by a local florist.
  • Choose to send to the service, funeral home, or family's home.
  • Your selected arrangement will be archived in this memorial tribute website in perpetuity.

Why light a candle?

This is why you should light a candle..

Honoring A Life: A Thoughtful Gesture with Global Benefits

Memorial Trees by Honoring A Life

When you choose to have a memorial tree planted for your loved one, you are doing more than simply putting a plant in the ground. You are making a long-term commitment to the environment, and implanting the memories of your loved one in our planet for countless years to come. A memorial tree is a unique tribute that provides global benefits like no other gift could.

What You Receive:
  • A memorial tree planted in the area of greatest need, according to the planting schedule of the American Forests Organization and the Canadian Institute of Forestry.
  • A memorial card to be sent to your home or a person of your choosing which demonstrates the gift you have given.
  • Your name and message listed in this online memorial, and on the honoringalife.org website. (See sample memorial)