John P. Paczkowski 94, of Kingston died peacefully on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. He was born in Bayonne, New Jersey into the family of his parents: Joseph and Juliana; brothers: Chester, Joseph Jr, Stanley; and sisters: Jean, Sabina, and his twin sister Jane.
After graduating from Bayonne High School, he enlisted in the army and served from November 1943 until April 1946. As a Squad Leader/Seargent with the 232nd Infantry Regiment, 42nd "Rainbow" Division, he assisted in the liberation of the Dachau prison and received The Bronze Star Medal, The European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.
In 1950 he married Mona Golish and began his own family in North Arlington, before moving to Fanwood, Scotch Plains, and eventually Kingston where they lived for over 40 years.
During those years, he achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics, and pursued a career in Electrical Engineering with RCA from which he retired after 30 years. He then consulted at Bell Labs/AT&T until retiring again.
Throughout his life he was a music enthusiast, becoming an accomplished accordion player and performing at various events.
In retirement, John and Mona enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S, Canada, and Europe. John also enjoyed gardening, and following politics and current events.
John is predeceased by Mona, his loving wife of 66 years; his son John and his daughter, Diane. He is survived by son Kenneth and his wife Kathy and their children, Stacie and Timothy. Also by his grandchildren from daughter Diane: Melanie, Jason, and Kristen Cheri. Also by his son Mark and his wife Serena. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Saint Paul's Catholic Church of Princeton or any Veteran’s Hospital.
Services are private. John will be buried with his wife Mona in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.