John J. Socko, 85 of Wilmington passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Elsmere surrounded by his family, friends and the staff of the VA.
John was born in Shamokin. PA, the son of the late Bertha (Dziadosz) and George Socko. A Navy veteran, he served his country proudly during the Korean War. He worked as a pipefitter for Delmarva Power and retired with over 38 years of service. John was a member of St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church, a past president of the Pulaski Legion and he enjoyed hunting with his grandsons, fishing, boating and crabbing.
In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his grandson, Elwood G. Cox, III “Little Woody”, his brother, William Socko and his former son-in-law, Elwood G. Cox, Jr.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Helen (Andruzzi) Socko. A chance meeting at the train station as Helen brought her uncle there and John was leaving ignited their 62 year romance. Also surviving is his daughter and her husband, Theresa “Terry” and Paul Taylor of Vero Beach, FL; his grandchildren, Danielle Cox Malinowski (Chris) and John J. Cox (Liz Bittle); his great-grandchildren, Amanda, Christopher, Courtney and Riley; his sisters, Marlene Ross of Harrisburg, PA and Sylvia Dunn (Richard) of Shamokin. PA and his sister-in-law, Frances Socko of New Media, PA.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 24, 2019 at St. Hedwig Church, Linden and South Harrison Streets at 12 Noon, where friends may visit after 11 AM. Burial with military honors will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to either St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Disabled American Veterans, 1400 Kirkwood Highway. Elsmere, DE 19805. Online condolences can be sent to Mealeyfuneralhomes.com.