John Church

Obituary of John Michael Church

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GENEVA- John Michael Church, 78, passed away peacefully on Tues. (Oct. 13, 2020), at home, with his family by his side. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Fri. (Oct. 16), at the Palmisano-Mull Funeral Home LLC, 28 Genesee St. Geneva. Those in attendance MUST wear a mask and follow the rules of social distancing. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 p.m. Sat. (Oct. 17), In St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Entombment will follow with full military honors. Contributions may be directed to Our Lady of Peace Parish, 130 Exchange St. Geneva, NY 14456, or Ontario –Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Rd. Geneva, NY 14456. John was born on Jan. 28, 1942 and was the son of the late John H. and Mary (Caito) Church. He graduated from De Sales High School in 1960. John enlisted into the United States Marine Corps 1961 and served until 1965. While in the Marines, he played football. John owned and operated John H. Church Co., Inc. He was a single dad who proudly raised 4 children. John had a pilot license and enjoyed flying. He was a great skier and worked ski patrol for 30 years and an avid boater and water skier. He was a fanatic about working out and weight lifting and enjoyed taking long rides on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He is survived by his devoted wife, Joanne (Reale) Church of Geneva; children, John (Kathy) Church of Seneca Falls, Mary (Gary) Gilbert of Seneca Falls, Christina Church of Fla. and Anna (Thomas) Meredith of Fla.; step-children, Marni McCarthy of Geneva and Todd (Karen) Maher of Geneva; sister, Marlene Church of Geneva; grandchildren, JJ (Katie) Church, Joseph Fiero, Ashley Roberts, Matthew McCarthy, Carly McCarthy, Molly Maher, Maggie Maher and Siarra Marie Meredith; great-grandchildren, Jack Church, Gianna Roberts and Luciana Roberts; brothers-in-law and sisters- in-law, Anthony (Maria) Reale of Geneva, Sonny (Mary) Reale of Geneva, Darlene Reale of Geneva, Sandy Reale Massa of Geneva, BJ (Charles) Pitifer of Geneva, Rebekka (Jon) Acquesta of Geneva, Debbie (David) Buckley of Lyons, Stephen (Bruce Schultz) Reale of Canandaigua and James (Joanne) Reale of Lyons; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday, October 16, 2020
Palmisano-Mull Funeral Home LLC
28 Genesee St.
Geneva, New York, United States


12:00 pm
Saturday, October 17, 2020
St. Stephen's Catholic Church
48 Pulteney St.
Geneva, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

St. Mary's Mausoleum
Pre Emption Road
Geneva, New York, United States
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