John Masko

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:00 am

John Masko passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Jenkovce, Slovakia. He grew up in Bristol Borough and resided in West Bristol for 61 years.

Mr. Masko was preceded in death by his parents, John and Susan Masko, and his twin sister, Susan Pitonyak.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jane; his two children, Michael J. Masko and his wife, Ellen; and Karen Lee Clements and her husband, Rick; his grandchildren, A.J. D'Angelo-Masko, Claudia Smith, Matthew Clements, Laura Clements and Stephen Harder; and two great-grandchildren, Arianna and Deven Harder. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Evans and his brother, Michael S. Masko and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Masko was a charter member and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, Pius XII Council.

He was a long time member of the Liberty Bell Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War.

During World War II he served in the 28th Infantry Division, was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war from December 1944 through April 1945. He was honored many times by his church and community for his service to his country.

Mr. Masko worked as a machinist at Kaiser Metals in Bristol Borough and for 23 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Levittown.

Family and friends are invited to call 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Bristol Pike and Walnut Avenue, Croydon, PA 19021. Rite of Committal will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bucks County Veterans Transportation, 1260 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901, in order to support the van that transports disabled veterans, or to Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish at the above address.

A special thanks to Dr. Michelle Scannapieco and the staff of Saint Mary Medical Center and Attleboro Nursing Home for their compassionate care.

Condolences may be posted at the Web site listed below. James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc.