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Worthy Sir Knight John Tomcho, 81, Of Garfield

GARFIELD, N.J. -- Worthy Sir Knight John Tomcho, of Garfield, died July 6. He was 81.

Tomcho was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Coal Castle, Pa., to Michael and Bertha (Gretsky) Tomcho.

In 1943, the family moved to Passaic, then to Garfield in the 1950s. Tomcho was a graduate of the Vo-Tech High School in Passaic.

For more than 59 years, he was a loyal and dedicated altar server at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Passaic, where he had been a parishioner for more than 73 years. The cathedral was nearly a second home for him, where he served on every committee in every position he could and volunteered countless hours.

Tomcho had been a member of the Boy Scouts and earned the distinct honor of Eagle Scout. He had been a member of the Passaic Rescue Squad, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Juan Perez Council #262, Passaic and a Knight of the Fourth Degree, Worthy Sir Knight John Tomcho, of the Msgr. Stein Assembly.

He loved dancing, polkas and going on "cruise" vacations.

Tomcho retired from Delux Printing in Mountain Lakes, where he had been a draftsman.

He is survived by his sisters Ann Cupta and Irene Luka; and many nieces and nephews. J

He was predeceased by his parents; sisters Mary Kosick and Laverne Radjewski; and brother Michael Tomcho.

Visiting hours are from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Warner-Wozniak Funeral Service, 80 Midland Ave, Wallington with prayer vigils at 4:30 and 6:45 p.m. The funeral will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Tuesday at The Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, 96 1st St., Passaic.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in his memory.

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