John Cerifko

John Cerifko

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

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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.

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  • Visitation

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

    Parklawns Memorial Gardens
    3218 Philadelphia Ave.
    Chambersburg, PA

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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
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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
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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.
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