John C. R. Tacelosky
Died: Jun 28, 2022
John C. R. Tacelosky
John C. R. Tacelosky, 72, of Frackville, passed away Tuesday, June 28th  at Lehigh valley Medical Center, Cedar Crest, Allentown with his wife and daughter by his side.

Born in Shenandoah, April 12, 1950, he was a son of the late Professor Albin and Anne Plasky Tacelsoky.

He attended St. Joseph’s Grade School, Mahanoy City and graduated from Marian High School, class of 1968; he was a 1972 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bacholar of Science Degree in Agronomy.

John was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Agriculture Department for 33 years and retired as Chief of the Division of Health and Safety.  He worked in cooperation with Penn State University to establish the Agromedicine Program.  He also was a member of the Governor’s Pesticide Advisory Board working nationally with the Environmental Protection Agency Review Committee on Management Laboratory Practices.

Locally, John was a member of St. Michel’s Ukrainian catholic church, Frackville and a Life Member of the Rev. James A Hogan, Knights of Columbus Council #2580, Frackville.

Most important to John were his family and faith in God.  John was a loving husband, father, son, brother and son-in-law.  He was kind and compassionate person to anyone he knew or met. 

John always considered himself a luck man who enjoyed life and felt blessed with his loving family, good friends and the many adventures that his life bestowed on him.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Col. Robert J. Tacelosky and a sister; Mary Ann Muscavage.

John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Ann (Dorish) Tacelosky and daughter; Dr. Diana M. Tacelosky, a sister, Tecla Pierotti, CA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Religious Services will be held Tuesday, July 5, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2nd and Oak Sts. Frackville, with Rev. Petro Zvarych as celebrant.  Relative and friends are invited to visit with family Tuesday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville; Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Englewood/Frackville.

All are asked to follow CDC guidelines with wearing masks and following social distancing when attending visitation and religious services

In lieu of flowers donations in John’s name can be made to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Memorial Fund and/or the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, 624 W. Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City, PA  17948 

Lisa Davis
July 3rd, 2022 6:34 pm
Dear Mary Ann and Dr. Tacelosky, I had the absolute pleasure to work with John (or Tac as he was affectionately known to us) during his years at the Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Agromedicine program and the Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety program which he funded to our office 18 years ago. He was a bright and warm man with a good sense of humor and much patience. He as very highly thought of at Penn State and his vision will carry on through the work he started in the state. Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss, much too soon, of a great man. Lisa Davis, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
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