JOHN LOUIS GELACEK
John L. Gelacek, age 91, of Rossford, Ohio, passed away on May 26, 2019, at Toledo Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on April 10, 1928, in Ford City, Pennsylvania, to Paul and SueAnn (Gasso) Gelacek.
He married his lovely wife of 64 years, Shirley (Sandlin) on August 7, 1954, and together they raised two daughters.
John worked as a glass worker at Libbey Owens Ford Glass Company, retiring after 44 years. After retirement he became a master gardener and started his own landscaping business.
He enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing and hunting with family and friends, as well as having his morning coffee with his buddies at McDonalds. John had a true love of cars and proudly restored a 1921 Dodge Roadster. He also raced cars and showed them, winning many trophies.
John played softball with the Knights of Columbus and L.O.F. teams. He competed in the Senior Olympics, bringing home numerous medals and was a Golden Glove boxer.
John is survived by his loving wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Gregg Snyder of Perrysburg and Carol and Tom Tarpey of Florida; grandchildren, Amanda (Jacob) Tebbe of Toledo, Adam Snyder and Zachary Snyder of Florida. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to his nephew, Perry Sandlin, for all the places he took Uncle John and all the special times they shared together. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration Mass will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, 628 Lime City Road, Rossford, on Friday, June 28, at 11 a.m., where the family will visit with guests from 10 to 11 a.m., in the church narthex.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s memory may be directed to All Saints Catholic Church or the American Heart Association.
Sujkowski-Walker Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave online expressions of sympathy for the family please visit: walkerfuneral homes.com.
John leaves this message:
“Smile when you think of me for that is how I will remember you.
My garden work here on earth is complete; my heavenly garden is in full bloom.”