A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday for John G. Goda of Wheatland. He passed away peacefully after an extended illness at 10:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System, surrounded by his family. He was 81.
Mr. Goda was born Dec. 3, 1932, in Wheatland, the oldest of three children born to George Goda and Helen Chestnut Goda.
A lifelong Wheatland resident, he graduated in 1951 from Farrell High School.
John served in the Navy for two years during the Korean conflict on the U.S.S. Midway CVA 41.
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Sharon and a past member of St. Adalbert’s Parish in Farrell, where he married his loving wife, the former Ursula Kibash on Oct. 8, 1955.
He worked at the former Sawhill Tubular Products for 18 years and 16 years at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he was a security guard in its plant protection department.
John was an active member of Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years and a member of the Wheatland Police Department for five years. He was a past member of Wheatland Council and was appointed mayor of Wheatland in 1972. He was then elected mayor in 1974 and served until 1978. In 1997, he retired from the State Regional Correctional Facility in Mercer after 12 years of service as a corrections officer.
Through his lifetime, John was presented with many special awards, notably a Citizen’s Merit Award presented by Fraternal Order of Police Rose of Sharon Lodge 3 in 1979 for physical apprehension of suspected felons. He was also given a certificate for 50 years of membership in American Legion Post 299, Sharon.
In addition to Post 299, he belonged to the German Home and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5286, both Farrell.
John loved gardening, yard work and spending time outdoors. He also enjoyed vacations to the beach with his family, casino bus trips with his wife, polka dancing and watching Pittsburgh Steelers football.
He loved his family and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by: his wife, Ursula Goda, at home; his two daughters, Yvonne “Vonnie” Kostka and her companion Randy Wolanin, Farrell; and Deborah Golub and her husband Jeffrey, Wheatland; his son, Timothy Goda, York, Pa.; two granddaughters, Brianna and Hannah Golub; his brother, Robert Goda and his wife Audrey, Hermitage; his sister, Theresa Doyle and her husband Thomas, Wheatland; and 12 nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Dave Kostka; and faithful canine companions, Suzi, Maggie and Biscuit.
John’s family would like to thank Sharon Regional Health System’s Intensive Care Unit and Hospice Palliative Care staff for their sincere compassion in helping the family through this difficult time.
John G., Wheatland.
Calling hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday (1-19-14) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Service: Mass of Christian burial at 1 p.m. Monday (1-20-14) in St. Joseph’s Church, Sharon, with the Rev. Glenn R. Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, Hermitage, with military honors by the Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5286, Farrell; Post 6233, West Middlesex; and American Legion Post 432, Wheatland.