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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Peter's Cathedral
Monday November 30th, 2020

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John Farkas, Jr.

John Anthony Farkas Jr., 35, of Waverly, died suddenly at home on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Born on Aug. 29, 1985 in Wilkes-Barre, John was the son of John A. Farkas, Ph.D. and the late Nancy (Becker) Schmitt.

John graduated from Abington Heights High School in 2005, The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2009, and Marywood University with a Master of Arts in communication arts in 2015.

John served as manager of development and alumni relations for Catholic Schools Diocese of Scranton, fundraising manager with Abraham Path Initiative (formed out of Harvard University), Maplewood, New Jersey, and currently served WVIA, Scranton, as a major gift and planned giving officer.

John enjoyed traveling and spent one summer in Prague, where he attended St. Charles University, and participated in Holocaust studies. He has also spent time in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Israel, Toronto, Copenhagen, England, France and most recently Havana, Cuba. He loved to quote one of Italy’s best-known writers, Casare Pavese.

John served as an annual facilitator for the Holocaust Education Research Center-Teen Holocaust Symposium in Scranton and participated in the March for the Living: Youth Liaison to Israel and Poland. He was a member of the board for the Scranton Fringe Festival, Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Association, Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education Council, the Vintage Theater (secretary of the board), the Lackawanna Valley Conservancy, and most recently the AFA Gallery.

In addition to his father, John is survived by aunts and uncles, Lee and Bea Schmitt of Dallas, Texas; David C. Farkas of Branchburg, N.J.; Sally E. Farkas of Hillsborough, N.J.; Barbie Schmitt and David Morgan of Clarks Summit; Frank Mullen of Frederick, Md.; Sharon and Paul Schmitt of Hilton Head, S.C.; many cousins; and his dogs, Dylan and Emma.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Nov. 30 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, and will be celebrated by Monsignor David L. Tressler. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. The parish has asked all family and friends attending the Mass to wear a facial covering and observe social distancing protocol.

For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website. John’s care has been entrusted to Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scranton Fringe Festival, of which John was a board member, by visiting fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/scranton-fringe-festival/general_support and the Lackawanna Historical Society www.lackawannahistory.org.

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I saw the tribute to John on WVIA yesterday, and was saddened and surprised, By his colleague's testimony he was greatly appreciated and will be missed. I was always impressed with his presence on WVIA, and felt we would be seeing even more of him. By his accomplishments, I know he would have had a wonderful career in this educational field,  He was doing such good work for so many. We also, lost our son at a young age, and in an unexpected way.  When I saw the tribute yesterday, I just had to respond.  Please accept our heartfelt condolences.  When such a shock occurs and we lose a child, it is so unnatural, that it takes much time to heal. Keep this in mind in the grieving [process, and may the memories of your wonderful son be a blessing.   Jane and Cy Douaihy, Scranton, Pa.

Jane & Cy Douaihy Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

Both my wife Deb and I had a chance to work with John through his non-profit work and early career stops.  We will miss his good nature and warm smile.

Bode Morin Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

I remember when my uncle Guy introduced us, you were a great person with a very strong character. I enjoyed our late night chats and drinks at Northern Light. You will be missed.

James Nov 29 2020 12:00 AM

It was my privilege to work with John through our shared commitment to WVIA. His dedication, imagination and enthusiasm showed through at our virtual meeting last week. May he Rest In Peace.

Andrew J. Sordoni, III Nov 27 2020 12:00 AM

John sorry to hear of your loss it is not easy.

Cliff Prokop Nov 27 2020 12:00 AM

Mr. Farkas I’m so sorry for your loss. I want you know my family here in Daytona are praying for you. And I always have those fun memories of John Mikey and I are growing up together in Marietta

Lia Ludden Hays Nov 26 2020 12:00 AM

John brightened my life in so many ways and was always there for me when I needed a friend. Sending my sincerest sympathies and love.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

John,You were a rising star and now your star will burn forever. God bless you my friend. You made a lasting positive and loving impact on all you touched.Peace be with you,Jim and Sharon VipondJames M. Vipond

James M. Vipond Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dr. Farkas-Although I am new to WVIA, John’s spirit is evident in how he touched my colleagues. My family & I send you our condolences. May you find comfort in the memories you have of him.Love, Melanie Andreoli Carpenetti and family

Love, Melanie Andreoli Carpenetti and family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.Ditzenberger and Hodachok families

Ditzenberger and Hodachok families Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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