In Remembrance of John Francis Gastinger, Jr.

John Francis Gastinger, Jr.

John Francis Gastinger, Jr.

Dunmore, PA July 15, 1951 ~ November 15, 2014 Date of Service: November 19, 2014

John Francis Gastinger Jr., 63, of Dunmore, died Saturday morning in the Regional Hospital of Scranton.

 

Born in Scranton, son of the former Evelyn Macinsky, with whom he resided and was her caregiver, and the late John F. Gastinger Sr., he was a 1969 graduate of St. Paul's High School, Scranton, and received an associate degree in avionics technology from the Community College of the Air Force in 1984. He was an Air Force veteran, and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his time served. Before his death, he worked as an electronics mechanic at Tobyhanna Army Depot.

 

He loved spending time camping at the Finger Lakes, and was a Philadelphia Eagles fan. He was an avid bowler and a member of the American Legion and the Dunmore Booster Club. He had a passion for music and military aircraft, particularly the FB-111, which he worked on during his time in the military. He enjoyed going to concerts with his best friend of 40 years, Frank Hennigan. He was a proud supporter of the military, but his proudest moment was the birth of his granddaughter, Guinevere Franceschelli.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Heidi Franceschelli and husband, John IV, Farmington, Minn.; a son, John Jacob Gastinger, Scranton; a granddaughter, Guinevere Franceschelli, Farmington; sisters, Ann Eggert and husband, Ernest, Jermyn; Mary Reggie and husband, Joseph, Throop; Joan Loyek and husband, William; and Laura Deluccie and husband, Nicholas, all of Dunmore; brothers, Paul Gastinger, Scranton; and William Gastinger and companion, Melissa, Old Forge; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Taylor Avenue and East Gibson Street, Scran­­ton. Inurnment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

 

There are no public calling hours.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Henry
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In Remembrance oh John Gastinger
Reply #8 on : Sat November 22, 2014, 22:50:30
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John my dear sweet friend. Your pain and suffering is over. You friendship back at Pease AFB was very special to me and countless others. You were always someone people could talk to. Your wisdom helped me through my 20 years active duty. I will miss your laugh and your sense of humor....In the words of your hero Jackie Gleason ...John your the greatest..
Molly Flory
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Reply #7 on : Thu November 20, 2014, 10:05:50
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John fought such a hard battle and is at peace now. Let the good times and the many laughs you shared carry you through the difficult times.
RIP John. My thought and prayers are with the entire family.
Molly Payton Flory
Susan Balducci
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Reply #6 on : Wed November 19, 2014, 13:15:03
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Mrs. Gastinger, Ann and family
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your son and brother. I remember John as being a great guy.
Your family is in my prayers during this difficult time.
Patti Shumate
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Reply #5 on : Tue November 18, 2014, 22:29:47
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My prayers are with cousin Johnny, Aunt Evelyn and the rest of the family. I'm sorry for the loss of your son, brother, father and grandfather
Paul Durkin
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In Remembrance of John Gastinger, Jr.
Reply #4 on : Tue November 18, 2014, 17:23:38
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When I transferred into Pease AFB, NH, from overseas, I worked side by side with John. I was surprised to find out that we were both from the Scranton area and lived very close to one another during the earlier years of our life, but didn't, know one another due to the differences of age. John, as many know was a very outgoing person and very knowledgeable in electronics. John will be very much missed.
Theresa Kocis Hudak
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Re: In Remembrance of John Francis Gastinger, Jr.
Reply #3 on : Mon November 17, 2014, 15:39:25
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I am so saddened by your loss...John was a great buddy to me especially when we worked work study together at St. Paul's. He will truly be missed.
I pray for all his family and friends and for John as well during this difficult time.
Joseph A Durkin
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John Gastinger
Reply #2 on : Mon November 17, 2014, 14:02:23
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I have been in John's company many times over the years. Enjoyable years.Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.Rest in peace John.
Jerry Hart
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Reply #1 on : Mon November 17, 2014, 12:48:02
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Johnny was a good man. I was very sorry to hear about his passing. My sincerest condolences to the family.