Obituary: John Shemanski

John Shemanski

NAUGATUCK — John Shemanski, 84, beloved husband of Shirley (Zelenski) Shemanski, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Mr. Shemanski was born in Avoca, Pa., on June 26, 1935, son of the late Henry and Stella (Konopinski) Shemanski. He was a longtime Naugatuck resident and retired from Peter Paul Hershey after 25 years of service.

John was a talented musician and singer and played for many years with his band in Pennsylvania. He was an avid builder and carpenter, a die-hard New York Giants and Boston Red Sox fan, and a member of the Polish American Club.

Besides his wife Shirley, he leaves his daughter, Joan Neveski and her husband, Harry, of Naugatuck; his grandchildren, Samantha and Adam Neveski, and Brandon and Ryan Shemanski; his beloved great-granddaughter, Chloe Brown; his brothers, Frank Shemanski of Naugatuck, and Chester Shemanski of Pennsylvania; his sisters, Lillian Bonczek and Ann Tickowski, both of Pennsylvania, and Dorothy Snopkowski of Naugatuck; and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his son, John Shemanski Jr.; and his siblings, Joseph and Henry Shemanski Jr., and Frances Connolly.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the VITAS home hospice care angels who took such incredible care of both John and our family during this very difficult time.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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