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John J. Gogard

December 15, 1947 - March 10, 2016

Service Date: March 19, 2016

Place of Service Saint Mary Magdalen

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John J. Gogard, 68, of Honesdale, PA, died on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Wayne Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born on December 15, 1947 in Honesdale, he was the son of the late William and Rose (Kilgallen) Gogard.

John was a man of great faith. As a member of the St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Parish, John was a founding member of the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Vigil at the Eucharistic Chapel. He attended Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Church.

John graduated from Honesdale Catholic High School, earned a B.A. from King’s College and his Master’s in education from the University of Scranton. He was a retired teacher of Language Arts at Newburgh Free Academy High School, Newburgh, NY and at Lackawanna College in Honesdale. He was passionate about his teaching profession.

John was always the life of the party with a quick wit and an infectious smile. He thoroughly loved, enjoyed and was very proud of his family and life-long friends. He will be missed greatly by all.

Surviving are his brother-in-law, Gerald Adams of Hamlin; cousin Mary Kilgallen of Honesdale; nephew Tom Fell and wife Teresa of Piscataway, NJ; niece Mary Lou (Fell) Kuenze and husband Tom of Inslin, NJ; nephew James Adams and wife Sharon of Honesdale; nephew Joseph Adams and wife Kathryn of Hamlin; niece Sarah (Adams) Cory of Fishers, IN. John had many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Jeanne Gogard Fell and Margaret Gogard Adams and a nephew John Fell.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Chruch, 416 Church St. Honesdale on Saturday, March 19th at 10am. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1810 Fair Ave. Honesdale.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, PA 18431 or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home,Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale, PA 18431.