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John Penyak

Born on March 25, 1930 in Alpha, NJ, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Vasco) Penyak.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Ann ( Kauffels ) Penyak ;  brothers  Charles, George, Andrew, Michael, Steven, and Peter; and sisters Mary Tersigni, Anna Moyer and Helen Fahr.  

John was a 1948 graduate of Phillipsburg H.S. and proudly served in the United States Navy.  He was the former owner of Tri-County Construction Company of Phillipsburg for many years and a regular for breakfast at Tom’s Lunch with his friends and business associates.  He was an avid sportsman who loved reminiscing of his days playing football at P’burg and for the Navy, his many snowmobile trips with friends and family from New York to Canada and his annual hunting trip with his buddies to New York. He was a member of the West Hunterdon Snowmobile Club and a “life- member” of the Farmers Sportsman’s Club of Milford, NJ.

John and his longtime companion, Shirleyann Ferraro of Harrisburg, PA. were accomplished dancers; known for their polkas and waltzes at the various social clubs in the Allentown, Bethlehem area. 

 A loving father, John is survived by his son Michael and wife Suzanne (Kurtz) Penyak of Milford; daughters Linda Hoff and husband Jim , Annandale, NJ ; Bonnie Dickson, Milford, NJ;  Diane Penyak, Glenn Gardner, NJ;  Ruthann Warsinski and companion Carlos, Bethlehem,  Pa. ; Karen Tooma and husband Nick, Easton, Pa.  He had nine grandchildren;  John Penyak, Joseph Penyak and wife Lisa, Aaron Hoff, Justin Hoff and wife Holly, Adam Edwards and wife Gabby, Andrew Edwards and wife Nicole, Zachary Warsinski,  Melanie Tooma and Julie Tooma ; five great grandchildren: Gavin, Isaac, Gianna,   Austin and Maverick , (baby Penyak on the way) and many nieces and nephews.  He was always there to support a friend or family member in need.

 Due to the present guidelines for the (COVID-19) outbreak, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.   

 In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in John’s memory to DOORS, Inc. ( provides for educational and recreational services for individuals with autism) 25 Gibbons Circle, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.