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John P. Thorwart | 79

July 23, 1941 - February 13, 2021

John P. Thorwart, 79, of 1871 Bucktail Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home, after a brief illness.

He was born July 23, 1941, in St. Marys, son of the late Adam and Marie Young Thorwart.  John was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1959 and had been a lifelong resident of St. Marys.  He was a former employee of Modern Dairy, St. Marys Box Company, Keystone Carbon, and retired from St. Marys Carbon.

On November 23, 1968, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, John married Jane F. Parson, who survives.  He is also survived by three daughters: Jill Fox and her husband Rick of St. Marys; Julie Thorwart of St. Marys; and Jody McHail and her husband Brian of Pleasant Gap, PA; four grandchildren: Jordyn Fox, Tanner Fox, Jack McHail, and Ainsley McHail; three sisters: Mary Jane Pontious of St. Marys; Patricia Weichman and her husband Jim of St. Marys; and Linda Osborne and her husband Jim of Sharon, PA; three brothers: Daniel Thorwart and his wife Lois of St. Marys; Robert Thorwart and his wife Bernie of St. Marys; and Steve Thorwart and his wife Linda of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by two brothers: Lee Thorwart and in childhood, Richard Thorwart.

John was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He enjoyed gardening and took great joy in spending time with his grandchildren.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.




Funeral Service

February 20, 2021
10:00 AM
St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Final Resting Place

February 20, 2021
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

Tribute Wall


  1. Julie and family,

    So sorry to hear of your dad passing, sending thoughts and prayers. I will always remember his beautiful flowers.

  2. Janie and family,
    We were so sorry to see that John had passed. Monica had such good memories of him from the school cafeteria! He always had a smile and a special greeting for everyone! May your memories give you peace and comfort. No words can describe how sorry we are for your loss. We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.
    The Eddy’s

  3. Julie and family,

    So sorry for the loss of your father. Sending many thoughts, prayers and hugs!!

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. I knew John from Elk Haven. He would come and visit my 96 year old mom, Betty Giordano, and made our day. A quick wit and always something nice to say. Always kidding with mom about having a beer.
    He also remembered my sister Ann who worked at Modern Dairy. He was always asking how she was doing.
    He will be missed.

  5. SO sorry for your loss. John was a great neighbor to have.

  6. My deepest heartfelt sympathies on your loss. I remember John when he would stop in and visit at Pinecrest Manor.

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