SHARON, Pennsylvania – Dr. John D. Vanko of Sharon passed away at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 86.
Dr. Vanko was born March 24, 1931, in Sharon, a son of John and Susanna (Klukulciak) Vanko.
He was a 1949 graduate of Hickory High School and completed his pre-medical school at Youngstown College. In 1954, John earned his Doctorate of Podiatry from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
John practiced for 53 years, which included 25 years at his office in Millersburg, Ohio and retiring from his office in Masury, Ohio after 20 years in 2008.
John was an active member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hermitage. His strong faith was also shown in his passion for writing.
He also enjoyed making neckties and pies.
He is survived by his wife or 44 years, the former Beverly Kloss, whom he married on December 8, 1973. Also surviving are four daughters, Patty (Dennis) Kackos of Sedona, Arizona, Linda (Jerry) Piergiovanni of Etna, Ohio, Marilyn (Matt) Moore of Hubbard, Ohio and Nancy (Henry) Wawak of Annapolis, Maryland; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
John was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Carol Wright; four sisters and two brothers.
Calling hours will be 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street in Sharon.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
A funeral talk will be 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home lead by Tim Davenport from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hermitage.
Burial will be at America’s Cemetery in Hermitage.