John E. Shearer of 110 8th Ave., Hempfield Township, passed away unexpectedly at 6:03 p.m. Thursday (11-15-12) in the emergency room of UPMC Horizon, Greenville. He was 60.
Mr. Shearer was born March 22, 1952, in Greenville to Norman S. Shearer and Minnie M. Lowers Shearer.
He was a 1970 graduate of Reynolds High School.
Mr. Shearer was employed for 42 years as a laborer in the diesel shop at Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad, Greenville, retiring in June of this year.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Greenville, where he had previously worked part-time in its maintenance department.
He served as a board member of Bessemer Credit Union, Greenville.
John truly loved his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
His wife, the former Elaine M. Koran, whom he married Oct. 13, 1973, survives at home.
Also surviving are: a daughter, Heather M. Shearer and her spouse Dwight Thé, Santa Cruz, Calif.; a son, James J. Shearer and his wife Dr. Maria Samsonov, San Francisco; his Belarussian daughter, Evaliana Biarzhanina; his mother, Minnie M. Shearer, Sharon; two brothers, Robert Shearer and his wife Donna, Hermitage; and Larry Shearer, Sharon; a sister, Sue Gollner and her husband David, Hermitage; and three grandchildren, Paulina Shearer, Andrew Shearer and Anastasia Shearer.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorial contributions may be made to Strayhaven Animal Shelter, 94 Donation Road, Greenville, PA 16125; Benedictine Sisters of Erie, 6101 E. Lake Road, Erie, PA 16511; or St. Anne’s Catholic School, 1320 14th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122.
John E., 60, of 110 8th Ave., Hempfield Township.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (11-18-12) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES Inc., 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville. Visitors may sign an online guestbook at www.loutzenhiser-jordanfuneralhome.com
Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Monday (11-19-12) in St. Michael’s Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Christopher Barnes, parochial vicar, as celebrant.
Interment: With committal in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Greenville.