Wharton: John Trosky, Jr., lifelong resident of Wharton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2020, after a well-lived life and at the age of 86 years old.
Born in Dover, NJ, John was one of 12 children, the eldest son of the late John and Mary (Skibluk) Trosky and the beloved husband of Norma. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Leyte CV-32, where he was deployed throughout the Mediterranean in attack-aircraft carrier and anti-submarine warfare support. As a result of his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Upon his return to Wharton, John served as a member of the Wharton Fire Department and was also a member of the American Legion Post #91. In 1963, he and Norma, who knew each other since Kindergarten, were married.
John was a talented problem-solver, enjoyed tinkering in his garage, and could fix just about anything. He spent years in AC/refrigeration repair, his final role prior to retirement with The Headquarters Hotel in Morristown. His grandchildren will always remember “Pop” as a fix-it man who would take them up on the roof of the hotel to view NYC on a clear day. John took great pride in his work and had a tireless work ethic. In his younger years, he enjoyed cross-country travel, trips to Europe and Russia (he was fluent in Ukrainian), and hosting backyard parties. He was also an avid fisherman and a fantastic chef.
John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma (Provost) Trosky, step-daughter Dawne (Whitmore) Rudalf (husband Bob), granddaughter Jennifer (Rudalf) Gates (husband Mark), grandson Matthew Rudalf, and great-grandson Connor Gates. John is also survived by his sister, Helen Phelan, brothers Andy Trosky, Joe Trosky, and Frankie Trosky, and nephew Glen Trosky, along with many nieces and nephews, sister-in-law Genevieve Weiss and brother-in-law Henry Weiss. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Elizabeth Trosky, Sophie Trosky, Anna Kempker, and Pauline Beach, and pre-deceased by brothers Stevie Trosky, Alex Trosky, and Michael Trosky.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Wharton Fire Department, 10 Robert Street, Wharton, NJ 07885.
Due to COVID limitations, no services are planned at this time.
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