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“To the Shaloiko family, please accept my belated condolence. The Bible promises the time will come when sickness and death will be a thing of the...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Miss Ann

“Joanne, I learned of John's passing this morning, I am so sorry for your loss ... My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. "Perhaps they...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Patty Kicera - Fairport, NY

“SO SO SORR YOUR LOSS ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: CATHERINE MILLER

“I first met John when we were both at WNYLRC. I knew John to be intelligent, kind, hard-working, and full of integrity. A NYLA conference was never...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa A. Seivert

“I thank John for much of what I learned from him in my position in METRO (now retired). He was always generous with his knowledge, and he cared so...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Dottie Hiebing

“Joanne, we are saddened to hear of John's death. We remember you both fondly from the RARE days in Rochester. May you find much comfort in happy...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Joanne, Jessica and Craig, we are very sorry to hear of John's passing. We had some good times as neighbors. You are in our prayers. May he...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Karen Lillis - Hamburg, NY

“I will always remember John with the smiling and happy to see you face. My prayers and thoughts are with you Joanne and family. Love Betsy ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Betsy Wynne - Rochester, NY

“My 63 year journey with my brother John started when I first saw the little red-headed guy. Soon I was walking him in the buggy in the Village. Then...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Toni Mease

“My condolences on the passing of your husband, John Shaloiko.I met John when we first worked at the Rochester Regional Library Council in the 1980\'s...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Beverly Neder

“John was a wonderful colleague, passionate in his service to Libraries and, through them, the whole community. From the moment I first met him I was...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Mark Colvson, SUNY New Paltz

“I first met John when he headed the pilot project for RRLC. He was always energetic & supportive of each member library in the project. Over the...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Teresa Dearing

“A nicer man never existed. John was much loved in the library community. I always looked forward to any interaction with John. He was always...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa Areford

“We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Craig's dad. I am sure he will be dearly missed by so many. You have our condolences and wishes for...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: The Callahans

“My condolences on the death of your loved one, John, I met John in the 1980's when we both worked at Rochester Regional Library Council. He was...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Beverly Neder - Rochester

“My 63 year journey with my brother John started when I first saw the little red-headed guy. Soon I was walking him in the buggy in the Village. Then...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Toni Mease - Sun City, AZ

“Joanne, so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Katie (Shepard) Stachowiak ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Katie Stachowiak - Buffaki, NY

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the Shaloiko family. I worked with John on the RARE project in the early 1980\'s as one of the school library system...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Ellen (Mantegna) Schmidle

“Deepest sympathy to all whose paths this wonderful leader and family man touched. I met John at ALA Annual in June, 1985. We were both coming to new...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Phyllis Dansby Fisher

“To the Shaloiko family, I am deeply sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember him as an always positive, cheerful, and dedicated colleague. He will...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Dixon

“I am so sorry for your loss. The few times I met him, I remember him as both kind and cheerful. I wish I had had the opportunity to know him better. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Deirdre Joyce

“John was such an inspiration and leader, both as a librarian and a human being. He will be so missed. Such a true gentleman and gentle man. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Beverly CD

“John was very important to the development of library service in our area. We had many issues during the early years of automation, and there were...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Diana B. Stern

“John was innovative in thelibrary field and a delightful colleague to work with - he will be greatlymissed by us all…. ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Greater Hudson Heritage Ntwk

“John led by example. Thank you John for sharing with us. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Chuck Thomas

“So sorry to hear of John's passing. Condolences from myself a d Mike. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Elaine ciesla-cintron

“God bless all of you with peace and may the many happy memories you have sustain you. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Bills - Rochester, NY


John L. Shaloiko, 63, of Ruby, died March 29, 2015 at home, following a 3-year courageous battle with cancer. Born in Lockport, NY, he was the son of the late John F. and Antoinette J. (Mazurek) Shaloiko.John was a 1969 graduate of St. Francis High School (Athol Springs), and graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He received an MLS in library science from SUNY Geneseo. John's career in the library field began as an intern at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. From there he worked at St. John Fisher College as reference librarian in charge of media and responsible for the development of a library media center. He worked as a young adult librarian/AV specialist at Gates Public Library, then moved on as an Intersystem Pilot Project Coordinator at the Rochester Regional Library Council. Five years later John and his family moved to Dublin, Ohio where he worked as Liaison Officer for the Online Computer Library Center, then returned to his home town of Buffalo at the Western New York Library Resources Council eventually becoming the assistant director. The remaining 22 years of his librarianship was spent in the Hudson Valley as Executive Director of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council in Highland. When John arrived there was one computer for seven staff members; nothing was automated. Within a short period of time all staff got computers and the first website went live. Under John's direction, technological services were developed to support programs for hospital and special libraries. John negotiated additional licensing agreements to create electronic regional interlibrary loan services. SENYLRC became the first NY regional council office to offer shared digital assets of member libraries under the name Hudson River Valley Heritage. John's dedication to library services was recognized statewide, receiving the ASLS/NY3R's Spirit of Librarianship Award. He retired in 2014. John was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Saugerties, and served as Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. In addition to enjoying family time and a love for the Adirondacks, John had a passion for gardening and plants of all kinds, especially the art of bonsai. He was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres sports teams. John is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joanne Strauss Shaloiko of Ruby, whom he married on May 3, 1980, a daughter, Jessica LaFera and her husband, Adam of Hurley, a son, Craig Shaloiko of Manhattan, a sister, Toni (Bill) Mease, two brothers, Jim (Rita) Shaloiko and Dave Shaloiko. Several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sister-in-law Mary Ann Shaloiko. John will be reposing at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave. on Monday, April 6 from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The funeral procession will form from the funeral home on Tuesday at 8:45 AM A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 915 NY-212, Saugerties. Interment will be privately held. The family requests that memorial donations be made in John's memory to the New York Library Association's "Fund for the Future", http://bit.ly/1BJNuoz, or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, giving.mskcc.org

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