John Joseph Kania
John Joseph Kania
  • August 4, 1934 - September 22, 2017
  • Pensacola, Florida

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John J. Kania, 83, passed away peacefully after a long illness with family present. John was born in Manchester, NH. He was preceded in death by his parents Josephine and Adam, brothers, Stanley and Francis and sisters Mary and Sophie.
He is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 60 years, five children, and eleven grandchildren - Mark (Maria) Kania, Christopher, Kenneth and William; Matt Kania, Mary (Darryl) Zaremba - Adam and Walter; Anne (Tim) Perry - John (April), Erica, Jimmy; Elizabeth (John) McGirr - Lauren (Derek) Sutton, Michael (Lauren) and Brooke. John is also survived by 3 great grandchildren - Aidan, Greenlee and Jackson; and his sister Hedwig Boucher.
John served 30 years as a Seabee in the United States Navy. He was part of expeditionary mission to Antarctica to construct a strategic base in the 1950's. While there he participated in the first football game on the Antarctica continent. In the 1960's John completed two tours of duty in Vietnam and was also stationed in the Philippines. In the 1970's John was stationed with his family in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. John finished his career as command master chief at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Florida. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree.
John was an active member of Little Flower Catholic Church. He was charter member that started the Knights of Columbus Council there and also served as a Grand Knight. He volunteered at the school and St. Theresa mission. His strong belief in God carried over and was instilled into his family. John enjoyed playing golf and traveling. His most enjoyable trip was a visit to Poland.
Funeral services will be held at Little Flower Catholic Church on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am with a rosary at 9:00 am. Burial will follow at 11:00 am at Barrancas National Cemetery, NAS Pensacola. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little Flower Catholic Church.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.