Jan J. “Janko” Stolarik, 74, of Perryopolis, passed away to eternal life on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown. A longtime resident of Perryopolis, Jan was born on March 18, 1947, the son of the late John and Adelle Griglak Stolarik. He was a devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist, Perryopolis; where he was very active in many ministries, particularly enjoying being a reader.
He was a retired teacher in the Southmoreland School District, where he taught high school social studies for 35 years, teaching several of his in-laws, nieces and nephews. Jan loved history and ancestry; he always asked where your family was from.
“Janko” was a life member of the Slovak Catholic Assembly Sokol # 25, of which he was an officer and honorary officer for fifty years and a member of PAK, Everson.
He always enjoyed a good conversation and loved to sit on the porch to watch the sunset. He loved crossword puzzles, listening to polkas, a big Sunday breakfast with Deb, and family reunions. When he wasn’t watching NCIS, you could still find a sports game on TV.
Jan was the last owner / operator of Perry Bus Lines. Jan loved driving a bus! He was known to tell his children, “I have driven more miles in reverse than you will drive. Mill races, bingo nights, red eyes and family trips; he liked to be behind the wheel.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Debra Dzambo Stolarik, with whom he would have celebrated his 50 years of marriage next February. Her children: daughter, Adelle (Larry) Slebodnik of Perryopolis; son, Jan Joseph (Christa Morton) Stolarik of Ellicott City, Maryland; her daughter and “Baby Doll”, Mary (Matt) Kibe of Belle Vernon; special niece, Alicia (Ron) Nicholson of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren: Mason Joseph Stolarik, Dylan Anthony Slebodnik, Blake Perry Stolarik, Miley Renae Stolarik; great-nephew and niece Austin James and Ally Mae Nicholson; and furry buddies Toby, Jack, Tink, Axl and Rose. He is survived by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his father and stepmother, Peter and Mary Dzambo, and his faithful companion Molly.
Visitations will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021, at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME & CREMATIONS LLC, Family Owned and Operated, 191 Liberty Street, Perryopolis, 724-736-2515.
Transfer prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021, followed by funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Perryopolis, with Reverend David Nazimek and Reverend Rodolfo Mejia as celebrants.
Interment will follow at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Roman Catholic cemetery, Perryopolis.
Members of St. John the Baptist Church will pray the Rosary at 3:00 p.m., and members of the Perryopolis Sokols Club will lead a service at 7:00 p.m., both at the funeral home.
Condolences accepted on the funeral home’s website, www.parzynskifuneralhome.com