John Joseph Rostock Sr.
World War II Veteran

John Joseph Rostock Sr., 91, a longtime resident of Mountaintop, entered into eternal life Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Irene (Panuski) Rostock; daughter, Sharon Montesanti, Fairfield, Conn.; and sons, John Jr., Greensburg; and Joseph of Davidsonville, Md.; along with four grandchildren, Pasquale and Laura Montesanti, Joseph and Benjamin Rostock; and a great-grandson, Giacomo Montesanti. He is also survived by his brother, Ralph Rostock, Carverton.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Jocelyn, in 1992.

Born in Pittston Township to the late Ralph and Michelina (Clapps) Rostock, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael; and sisters, Antoinette Biagiotti and Lucy Fino, Exeter; Ann Galati, Las Vegas, Nev.; and by brother, Joseph, who was killed in action in World War II.

He was a graduate of Wilkes College, Class of 1950, and employed for 25 years by Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. as plant accountant, several years with the Luzerne County Housing Authority as project manager, and later self-employed as a tax accountant until his retirement in 2010.

He was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army, 4th Armored Division, involved in action in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, serving as past treasurer, and a member of the American Legion.

Throughout his life, he was an active member of St. Jude Parish and an avid supporter of Crestwood High School athletics and Temple University football.

He was a devoted husband, father and brother, a patriot and an ardent New York Yankees fan. He will be lovingly remembered by his family, friends and all of those whose lives he has touched for his kindness, generosity, empathetic nature and clever sense of humor.

Funeral services were held from Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountaintop, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top.

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Memorial donations may be sent to the St. Jude Parish Building Fund.