John W. Land, 81, of Minersville, passed away Saturday, August 28th, at Orwigsburg Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Orwigsburg.
John was born in Pottsville, on December 7, 1939, a son of the late Stella Anna (Bartnisky) and John James Land.
He was a member of former St. Barbara Church of Minersville.
He was formerly employed as a Business Manager for J & J construction,
John was a loving son, brother and uncle. He was a happy-go-lucky guy who lived each day to the fullest. Always smiling, he enjoyed greeting people and engaging in a polite conversation. He could often be found sitting outside soaking up the rays of the sun. John loved playing Black Jack, the slots, and poker at the casinos. He was also a huge pinochle fan, who was always willing to join in a game. As a sports fan, John cheered on the Penn State Nittany Lions, and enjoyed attending his great nieces and great nephews sporting events. John was a fan of auto racing both at the local and national level. He enjoyed watching the Walacavage #48 at Big Diamond Raceway, as well as, his favorite Nascar drivers on TV. John and his sister traveled extensively with R and J tours. He especially enjoyed traveling to New York City to see his favorite Broadway show, the Phantom of the Opera. If John could be anywhere, it would be on a beach, either in Key West, FL or Wildwood, NJ. His greatest love in life was being surrounded by family and friends. John's generous, engaging spirit and zest for life will be deeply missed.
John is survived by a sister, Josephine Walacavage, Nieces; Joanne, wife of Fran Murphy, Cathy, wife of John Andrachick, MaryBeth, wife of Jay Kievman and Lori, wife of Larry Hess. He is also survived by a Great niece and Great nephews.
All are respectfully invited to attend a visitation Sunday, September 12th with calling hours from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. A Religious Service will be held at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.
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