John Mercuri

May 30, 1935 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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John Mercuri Obituary

Giovanni "John" Mercuri, aged 88, of Pottsville, PA, peacefully passed away on Friday, January

19th, 2024, at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Platania, Italy, on May 30, 1935, he

was the son of the late Domenico and Antonia (Giardino) Mercuri.

John was a fixer. He had a profound way of making things better, starting first with his own life

when he immigrated to the United States at the age of 6. John's extraordinary journey is marked

by his leadership, impactful contributions to the community, and the way that he made people

feel. This journey included dedicated service in the USMC from 1953 to 1956 in Korea and

Japan. His professional legacy began at RCA, where he served as a computer tech for the

space program, and later extended to the United States Postal Service, where he served as a

supervisor and postmaster for 25 years.

An accomplished entrepreneur, John proudly owned the Mercuri Carwash and The Hotel Davis.

He was a devout member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville and a former

member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. John held leadership roles as the past

President of the American Postal Union and was a lifetime member of the American Legion, the

DAV, and the AMVETS—all in Pottsville.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Mercuri, a grandson,

Albert Yackenchick Jr., sisters Maria Mercuri, Caroline Doyne, and a brother, Natale Mercuri.

John is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Maria Mercuri, Pottsville. Together, they

created an enduring legacy of love and commitment, evident in their children: Domenic Mercuri

and his wife Taylor of Pottsville, and John C. Mercuri and his wife Anne, also of Pottsville;

Annetta Yackenchick and her husband Albert of Schuylkill Haven; and a daughter-in-law,

JoAnne Mercuri, of Pottsville.

Affectionately known as "Papa," John leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 11

great-grandchildren: Domenic, Antonio, John, Francesco, Maria, Elizabeth, Rachel, Katherine,

Alicia, Jonathan, Mike, Nicholas, Marissa, Mallory, Anthony, Nathan, Madeline, Ryan, Noah, and

Leonardo; great-grandchildren: Emma, Lucy, John, Matthew, Gianna, Icarus, Sparrow, Aviana,

Sophia, Camilla, and Gabriella. Additionally, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Theresa Mercuri,

of Schuylkill Haven; brother-in-law Albino Mercuri and his wife Ivana, of Pottsville, and many

beloved nieces and nephews.

His benevolence, resilience, and unwavering authenticity serve as a guiding light for all those

fortunate enough to have known him. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Rev. Edward

Connolly, will be celebrated at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville. Relatives and

friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday morning from 9-11 AM followed by the mass.

Interment with Military Honors will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pottsville. The Robert A

Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon is overseeing arrangements. Please convey

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Open Viewing
January 23, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church
319 Mahantongo Street
Pottsville, PA 17901

Mass of Christian Burial
January 23, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church
319 Mahantongo Street
Pottsville, PA 17901

Interment with Military Honors
January 23, 2024

12:45 PM
St. Joseph Cemetery
Hillside Road
Pottsville, PA 17901


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