John Liko

Born: Fri., Nov. 12, 1926
Died: Wed., Jun. 17, 2020

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John Liko died on June 17, 2020 at 10:57 pm, in hospice care at Jones Serenity Circle. He was a resident at St. Paul’s for over seven years. He was 93. Mr. Liko was born in Pike Run, Washington County, Pennsylvania, to Samuel and Judith (nee Fakla). He attended California High School, but enlisted in the Army Air Corps (Air Force) before graduation. He trained as a bombardier for WWII and was recalled to active service for the Korean War. He graduated from California State Teacher’s College in California, Pennsylvania, with a BS degree in Industrial Arts Education. He married Diana (nee Padovani) in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, on June 7, 1952.

He taught industrial arts including mechanical drawing and drafting, as well as, wood and metal shop. He taught briefly in Brookfield, Ohio, and for over 30 years in Sharpsville Area Schools.  In the 1960s he earned a Masters’ degree in guidance counseling from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He was an active member in state and local teachers’ educational associations. John was also a longtime member of the Sharpsville Service Club.

Mr. Liko and his wife traveled extensively after they both retired from teaching. Destinations included Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, much of Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

The Likos celebrated fifty years of marriage in 2002. They were married for fifty-two years before Diana died in 2004.

Mr. Liko was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Sharon, Pennsylvania, for over fifty years. He served as a church council member and usher. He was a 32 degree Free & Accepted Mason, member of Shenango Valley Lodge 810 for over fifty years.

He is survived by four daughters and four grandchildren. He is survived by Cheryl L. Finnegan and her husband, Ed, Cary Illinois; Judith L. Pugliese, Fairview, Pennsylvania and her grown children Katie, Virginia, and Sam, California.

Mr. Liko is also survived by Deborah L. Kacko and her husband, David, Bay City Texas, and grown children, Sierra and Jordan, Texas; and Rebecca S. Liko, Springfield, Virginia. He is also survived by a stepsister, Mary Ann Yedlowski, Freeport, Pennsylvania. A sister and half -brother predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N Michigan Ave Fl. 17,  Chicago, IL 60601.

Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery next to his wife.

Arrangements entrusted to the SHERMAN Funeral Home & Crematory

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Lois Rust Simons
   Posted Sun June 21, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Liko you all have my sympathy and will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. I saw him a few times at St. Paul’s but he didn’t recognize me.

Alan Erimias
   Posted Sun June 21, 2020
May I express my sincere condolences to your entire family.

I remember Mr. Liko with great affection. He was one of my favorites
of the Sharpsville Faculty. I'm sure he will be missed by all.

The world is a lesser place without him. God Bless You 🙏.

Alan Erimias - Class of 1973

Michelle (Dallas) Swartz
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
My prayers for comfort and peace to the whole family during this time.

Kim Zook Smith
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
So very saddened to hear of your Fathers passing. So many memories of him as Debbie and I grew up. In later years he was a friend to my folks and showed kindness after my Dad passed to my Mom. I wish you all peace and comfort in knowing how much he loves you all. Kim Zook Smith

Scott A Nickel
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
I send my deepest sympathies to the extended Liko family. Mr. Liko was a great teacher and wonderful family friend. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!

Scott Nickel

Rene McCarthy
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
Dear Liko Family,
I am so sorry to see the passing of your Dad. My Sisiter, Char and I were in the Sharpsville area a couple weeks ago amd reminisced of times our families got together. Your parents were wonderful people and always held fondly in my our hearts. My Dad, Charlie (Red) cherished their relationship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rene' McCarthy

Brian Blair
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
Cheryl, Judy, Debbie, Becky:

I extend to you and your families my deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. I thought very highly of him like many others did. Hope you are all well.


Shawn McCarthy
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of John. Although I have long since lost touch with John, his late wife Diane and their children, I have fond memories of visiting them with my dad and mom, Charlie and Harriet. Over the years, I have often thought of John and his family and sincerely express my deepest condolences to them.

Sharpsville Class of 1964
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
Deepest condolences to the family of one of our favorite former teachers, Mr. Liko. He was an inspiration to so many of us. We remember him fondly and pray for his eternal rest next to his beloved Diana.

Jim Carson
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
He was a great teacher and man. I loved talking to him when he came to Riverside to visit Diana. His sense of humor and compassion were unmatched. He was one of a kind and i hope to see him in the Great Beyond.

karen O'Hare Hice
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020
Dear Liko Family, My deepest condolences. I think you all know what your parents meant to me growing up next door. I truly loved your dad. He was a wonderful man, an awesome teacher as well and I proudly display the items I made in his class. He is at peace now ,with your mom, resting in the arms of angels. Love to you all...

   Posted Thu June 25, 2020
My deepest sympathy to John's family. He was a wonderful person to work with at Sharpsville High School and then later in life, at the Mercer Co. Community Federal Credit Union where we served together on the Supervisory Committee. The family has been in my prayers since I learned of John's passing.

Sean Deneen
   Posted Thu June 25, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was a wonderful teacher and a fine man. He had the patience of Job when he was teaching me to weld.
I never knew he was a bombardier in World War II. Amazing.

Lois Tabis
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Liko family. I worked with your dad for many years at the High School. He was such a fantastic person and a true gentleman. He was also a great teacher, one who had the admiration and respect of his students without raising his voice. John and Diana were just the sweetest couple; you could tell they really loved and enjoyed each other’s company. May they both Rest In Peace, reunited together with the Heavenly Father.

Richard Hibshman
   Posted Tue July 07, 2020
Liko Family,
My extreme sympathy at the passing of your father. I was one of his students at SHS in 1955-58. He was a great teacher, stern, but fair. He influenced me to get into the teaching field, where I remained for 55 years. Richard Hibshman, class of 1958.

   Posted Thu July 09, 2020
Sincere condolences to Cheryl and other family. Mr. Liko was nice to me. :)

Deanna Banch Crisan
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Deepest sympathy to the family. I am a former SHS student ('83) and Mr. Liko was definitely one of my favorites. I've thought of him many times over the years.

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