Born in Lost Creek, July 17, 1934, he was a son of the late John and Anna Olanich Kowalick. He attended West Mahanoy Township High School.
He was a US Navy seabee’s veteran serving under President Eisenhower.
John last worked as a cylinder handler for Air Products, Hometown; he previously worked as a cutter at the former PA Bedding Plant, Frackville.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and the American Legion Post #398, both of Frackville.
John liked golfing, fishing, bowling, hunting and dancing; he also liked vacations at the beach; he especially enjoyed being with grandchildren and family.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter Pamela, sister; Catherine Weber and step-son Brian Yankiewicz.
John is survived by the love of his life; Peggy Zelonis Kowalick, Frackville; step-daughter; Lisa and husband William H. Dillman, III, Orwigsburg; step-son; Derek Yankiewicz and significant other Dr. Stacey Schott, Baltimore, MD; 4 grandchildren; daughter; Karen Kowalick: two brothers; Thomas and Cyril Kowalick; sisters; Delores Brynarsky; Bernice Siptroth, Mary Pancheri and Pauline Onuschak; nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for immediate family will be held in Annunciation BVM Catholic Church, Frackville at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, following CDC guidelines. Interment with military honors will be in Annunciation Cemetery, Englewood/Frackville.