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John S. Sedlak Jr.
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John S. Sedlak, Jr, born June 22, 1923, Binghamton, NY.

John S. Sedlak, Jr., 94, formerly of Johnson City, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Elizabeth Church Manor on December 29, 2017. John was predeceased by his parents John and Serafina Sedlak, his siblings Stasia, Josephine, Marion, Milton, and Ronald. He is survived by Mary, his loving wife of 72 years; and his most beloved children Patty Lynn (Nick) of Endwell and Richard John (Kathy) of Johnson City, his sister-in-law Santina Sedlak (New Mexico), and many nieces and nephews. He was employed for many years by E-J Corp. Fire Prevention, Lourdes Hospital, GAF, and Ozalid Corp.

John served for 18 months in Attlebridge England during World War II as a member of the 466th Bomb Group, a unit of the 8th Army Air Force. The 466th's B-24 bombers flew round the clock missions during 1944 and 1945. During the Liberation of France, the town of Saint-Lô suffered two attacks during the Battle of Normandy. The first was the bombardment by the 466th Bomb Group during the night of 6–7 June 1944. They were awarded a medal for exceptional bravery for that mission.

John was an active member of John Hus church in Binghamton for many years, where he served as elder, deacon and sexton, and as an attentive church custodian for 16 years. He was a member of the Czechoslovak Moravian Club where he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the club singers. His love of Czech and Slovak music had him singing and dancing to that music for hours on end at home as he enjoyed his exhaustive record and tape collection.

His first love was his family, and he took great pride in maintaining his yard, garden, and home. John built the entire second floor of his home by himself.

John was always relaxed and enjoyed joking with everyone, including family, friends, and his special friends at Dunkin' Donuts where he spent many hours enjoying their company just before his dementia worsened. Loving thanks are sent to the entire staff on the third floor of Elizabeth Church Manor, where his last years were spent. He continued to joke with them all even as his Alzheimer’s disease progressed.

John and his family's journey with Alzheimer’s disease is chronicled in a recent book titled “Coping With Longevity.” The last words of the book say it best: “I know that when the day comes, he'll be singing his favorite Czech song, “Where Are Those Days of My Youth,” into eternity.” Isť s Bohom dad.
Expressions of sympathy in John's memory can be made to either John Hus Church, 47 Glenwood Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905 or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family will receive friends Wednesday 11am to noon at John Hus Church, 47 Glenwood Avenue, Binghamton followed by a funeral service at noon with Linda Breffle, CLP officiating. Entombment will be at Riverhurst Cemetery. Services are under the supervision of Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home.

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Riverhurst Cemetery

2500 E. Main Street
Endwell, New York 13760


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