John D. Sekel

John D. Sekel, 96, formerly a resident of Erie, died peacefully on February 14, 2018. He was born in Edinboro on September 28, 1921, the son of the late John and Mary (Pecuch) Sekel.

John retired from Hamot Medical Center in 1986 after 24 years and served on Hamot’s Credit Union Board of Directors in various capacities. He was a member of Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Crossingville and served as a trustee for many years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II serving in the European Theatre with the 79th Infantry Division and was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #470, Erie PA. John moved to Gibsonia in 2014 where he was a member of St. Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral. He enjoyed woodworking, helping family with their home improvement projects, gardening, and especially growing ox-heart tomatoes.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Anna Yocina Sekel (2011), his daughter, Karen Sekel Sanford (2015), his brother, Michael Sekel, and sister, Anna Hudak.

John is survived by his son, Larry Sekel and his wife, Lynn of Lancaster, PA; daughter, Janet Casciato and her husband, Daniel of Pittsburgh, Pa; son-in-law, Stan Sanford of Jacksonville, FL; his brother, Nicholas Sekel and sister, Mary Zinchiak; five grandchildren, John (Wendy) Sekel, Brian (Jen) Sekel, Alexa Sekel, Nicole (John) Wyatt, Austin (Abby) Sanford; and two great-grandsons, Colin and Ashton Sekel.

Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Monday, February 19, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 20th at 10:00 a.m. at Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 25636 N. Mosiertown Road, Edinboro, PA 16412 with Fr. Daniel Mathewson officiating.

Burial will be in Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Cemetery Fund, 25636 N. Mosiertown Road, Edinboro, PA 16412. To send condolences please visit

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