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John Donald Tomajko

October 7, 1924 ~ May 13, 2021 (age 96)


John Donald Tomajko, 96, of Irwin, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2021, at home with his wife Genevieve (Brais) by his side. He was born October 7, 1924, in Charleroi, PA, the son of the late John and Mary Tomajko. He was a graduate of Greensburg High School and received a bachelor’s degree in business from St. Vincent College. Before retirement in 1986, he worked at Hi-Specialty as a machinist in Irwin. John was a Navy veteran serving during World War II on the USS General R.E. Callan as a Fire Controlman Third Class. He circled the world two times in the American Campaign including in the Asia Pacific and European African Middle East theaters, He received a Victory Medal and was honorably discharged in 1946. He had a great love for the outdoors including trout fishing and grouse, goose, duck, and deer hunting and in the early years of retirement, spent time with friends at the local sport shop. He also loved to smoke a pipe. He was a member of Immaculate Conception in Irwin, joining there after his original parish, St. Boniface in Penn closed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Tomajko of Irwin. He is survived by wife of 65 years, Genevieve (Brais) Tomajko; his son, Paul Tomajko of Irwin, his daughter, Janet, and her husband, Eric Branyan of Keller, Texas; and his daughter, Susanne, husband, Guy, and grandson, Christopher Seydel of Munster, Indiana.  Friends will be received Monday from 2-5 pm Monday, May 17, at Mason Gelder Funeral Home Inc. 201 N. First St.  Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 18, at the funeral home. Interment with military rites will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery.  To offer condolences or remembrances, visit


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May 17, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mason-Gelder Funeral Home, Inc.
201 N. First St.
Jeannette, PA 15644

Funeral Service
May 18, 2021

10:00 AM
Mason-Gelder Funeral Home, Inc.
201 N. First St.
Jeannette, PA 15644

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