John J. Sweetra, 60, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2022, at home in Mechanicsburg, PA. He was born May 25, 1961, in New Brunswick, NJ, the son of John and Mary Sweetra.
John graduated from St. Joseph School and later completed his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Bloomsbury University.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy Sweetra.
John was most recently employed at Air Gas for over a decade and previously had a career at Kawneer. In every role he held he was known as a dedicated and outstanding employee. His work ethic was unmatched, and he consistently received recognition for such throughout his career.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg.
One of John’s greatest passions in life was music, especially classic rock and blues. Playing guitar was a lifelong love; from playing in a local band in his adolescence to still making time to practice and perfect his craft at the end of a busy work week. He loved watching and learning from others playing as well and looked forward to every “jam session” he could share with friends throughout the years. He also loved taking pictures and made sure the no family event went undocumented. Recently he had taken this passion to new heights with the help of his own personal drone and taking photographs from the skies. A cat person, he especially adored his cat, Cleo, who he had rescued as a kitten. His ideal Saturday afternoon would be a cup of coffee on his patio followed by an electric scooter ride around the neighborhood.
John will be remembered for his quick wit, his willingness to always help others, and his ability to tell a story. He was the master gift giver at every holiday, carefully planning and preparing with shopping and spreadsheets, and taking such joy in bringing happiness to others. He was a man who took commitments seriously, was fiercely loyal, and loved his family deeply.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Cassie Richey and her husband Jonathan of Lynchburg, VA; his stepchildren Shane Corica and his wife Barbara of Monessen, PA, Michael Corica and his wife Chrissy of Carlisle, PA and CarriAnne Goodhart and her husband Rick of Carlisle, PA; his two grandchildren; his eight step-grandchildren, his three great step-grandchildren and his brothers Patrick and Brian Sweetra and his niece and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his father John L. Sweetra and his sister Patricia Sweetra.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, April 7,2022, at 12:00 Noon at St. Joseph Catholic Church 68 Center Street with Father Timothy Marcoe as celebrant. Friends will be received from 11:00AM to 11:45AM in Hubert’s Chapel. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Bloom Road, Danville, PA.
A Memorial Service will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg, PA to be announced at a later date.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 E Simpson St. Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA.