John Navitsky

John Navitsky, age 86, of Wilmington, DE passed away on August 4th, 2018.

Born in Girardville PA, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Zuber) Navitsky. John served in the United States Air Force, retired as a Master Sergeant and was a member of the American Vets, Air Force Sergeants Association, and the Air Force Association. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Wilmington College and worked as a construction manager prior to his retirement. In addition, he formed Aries, Inc., an engineering company and AircraftArtPlus, a military memorabilia company. He was also a former member of St. John the Beloved Church and the EWTN.

John was predeceased by his sister, Evelyn Piatkowski. John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Roseanne (Kaminski) Navitsky; his son, Robert (Michelle Gomba) of Wilmington, DE; his daughters, Evelyn Mitchell (Wade Hirsch) of Camden, DE, Katharine N. Ronan (John Ronan) of Wilmington, DE and JoAnne Schmeiser (Paul Schmeiser) of Milford, DE; his grandchildren, Julie, Curtis Jr., Rebecca, and Rachel; and his great grandchildren, Kenlie and Curtis III.

A visitation will be held on Thursday August 9th, 2018 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM with funeral services beginning at 11:30 AM at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808. Burial will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to your favorite charity (military veterans if possible) in John’s name.


Submitted by Nicole on
Sending heartfelt condolences to your family. Dads are special and are terribly missed. Losing someone we love is heartbreaking. Please know that others care and that God is close to the brokenhearted, Psalm 34:18. May the many hugs caring thoughts and prayers be a source of comfort. Soon sickness pain and death will be no more, Rev 21:4

Submitted by Sharon Ronan on
John was a generous man who had a big heart. I know you will miss him so very much. Blessings as you say goodbye on Thursday. David and Sharon Ronan

Submitted by Your niece Lynn on
You are one of my favorite uncles. I love you and will miss spending time with you and especially playing pinochle with you. Rest in peace Uncle John.

Submitted by Debbie Defoe on
Love has no boundaries. Uncle John's spirit will always be with your family. My deepest condolences, love Debbie and Amanda Defoe

Submitted by Michael W Bell on
So sorry to hear of John's passing. I always thought the world of him. He was generous, industrious and never shirked from lending a helping hand. What I'll always remember most of all about him was his was infectious!

Submitted by Bill Parson on
Who would have thought railroad ties would have brought us together. I hope you realized how much you changed my life. Everyone needs a hero and you were mine for over 40 years. Now you can be my guardian angel. Rest easy, my friend.

Submitted by Valerie Statute on
was deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. Cousin John was a wonderful man and a significant influence for good in others' lives. I will miss him a great deal. I have found that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

Submitted by Jennifer Skripchuk on
We were so deeply saddened to hear of Johns passing. He was an amazing caring individual. We could not have asked for a better next door neighbor for so many years. Our hope is that you find solace in all of the wonderful memories you have of him. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jim, Jennifer, Jimmy, Jacob and Helen Skripchuk

Submitted by FrankODonnell on
Roseanne, My apology for being unable to attend. Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and the family on John's passing. He was a great guy and you both made a wonderful couple. I always enjoyed spending time with you. God bless him.

Submitted by John Norton Sr. on
Roseanne, I am so sorry that I could not be there to attend Sarge’s services. He was such an important part of my life time experience; and you too. He will always represent to me and mine one of the preeminent examples of good military people, as will you, Kathy. The world is a better place for his having lived and worked in it. Now, those of us he influenced will just have to soldier on without him, following his example. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and the rest of your family on John's passing. You made such a wonderful couple.