John L. Sikorski, 90 of Nanticoke, passed away suddenly but peacefully Wednesday at his home.
Born in Nanticoke, he was the son of the late Stephen and Sophia Sikorski. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters.
Surviving are his five children: John Sikorski Jr, and his wife Diane, Nanticoke; Brent Sikorski, Wyoming; Deborah Robacheski, Kingston; Robert Sikorski, and his wife Amy, Boyds, MD; Cynthia Sikorski, Naples, FL; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
A proud WWII veteran, John served in the 746th army tank batallion from landing on Utah beach at Normandy with the first wave on D-Day, to meeting the Russians at the Elbe River at the end of the war. He participated in many major battles in the European Theatre, including the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded two purple hearts during his service. In his later years, John traveled
through Europe with his son Robert from Normandy to the Bavarian Alps to retrace the steps of his battalion. He shared stories of his wartime experience with his family via his memories and the book written about his unit "Our Liberators: The Combat History of the 746th Tank Battalion during World War II."
After the war, he returned to Nanticoke and worked in the coal mining industry until his retirement.
In his later years, "Lefty" traveled the country extensively with his family, visiting Washington DC, New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon. He especially enjoyed visiting zoos and museums with his many beloved grandchildren.
His family would like to express their deep appreciation to the many caregivers and friends who helped John for so many years, especially the Geisinger Health Care System; Drs. Dominic Scarano and Melissa Obmann and their teams; Dr. Bryan Frantz and his team; Dr. Fariba Modares and her team; the state and county, especially Angelo Grasso and his colleagues; the Nanticoke Towers
staff; and the many nurses and aids who visited him regularly at home. Your efforts made it possible for John to remain independent and enjoy many years with his family.
Calling hours will be held Saturday from 3-5pm at Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. To leave online condolences, visit our website at kearneyfuneralhomeinc.com.
Rest peacefully, Uncle Lefty. I didn't know of his wartime history, it's amazing, and how wonderful to have gone to so many special places in his later years. My condolences to my Cousins and families. With love, Cousin "Patsy".Patricia Rynkiewicz Leski (almost 6 years ago)