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John J. Socko

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.

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Submitted by Marlene (John's... on
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God bless you, Jackie Socko. You hosted us many times at your home with your lovely wife, Helen, & daughter, Terry. You loved music, & deep sea fishing. You allowed us to steer your boat. You taught us that a captain is known by the straightness of his wake. God bless you, Helen, Terry, and family. We love you all.

Submitted by Ana Williams on
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My condolences to the family of John J. Socks, may you have many happy memories. Death does not end it all. Christ Jesus opened the way for mankind to be release from death by means of the Earthly Resurrection. Acts 24:15

Submitted by Ron and Nancy C... on
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We'll miss our Friday visits from John. He was very knowledgeable about a good many things and we always had stimulating conversations. Helen, God bless you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at tis time.

Submitted by Patti Fort Wimmer on
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My thoughts are with Helen & Terry & the family today. I worked for Helen for years at JCPenney Prices corner salon and Apollo Hair Design. RIP John.

Submitted by Caroline Bakelaar on
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My condolences to Helen, Terry and the rest of the family. My memories of John are happy ones. I will miss trying to get him through his obstacles with his computer and will miss his holiday phone calls.

Submitted by Beverly Crowl S... on
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Dearest Terry ...my heartfelt sympathy to you & your mom. I won't be able to attend the services but I will be thinking about you and holding you close in my heart. Love you & sending big hugs your way.

Submitted by Margo on
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My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Helen,Terri and family, I am going to miss seeing Mr. John in the mornings, waving and saying good morning. He in his yard me in mine for 16 years he always call me boss lady. Terri and Mrs Helen you can always count on me .

Submitted by Margo on
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My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Helen,Terri and family, I am going to miss seeing Mr. John in the mornings, waving and saying good morning. He in his yard me in mine for 16 years he always call me boss lady. Terri and Mrs Helen you can always count on me .

Submitted by Joella Socko on
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Rest well, Uncle Jackie. We'll miss Dad;s big brother. May God bless and keep you (and give you back your salt shaker and prime rib steaks). Be seeing you some day soon.