John J. Caribardi, 75, passed away at his home on October 26, 2022, in Lebanon, PA following a lengthy illness.
He was born on May 28, 1947 in St. Marys, PA, a son of the late James Caribardi and Eva Aiello Caribardi.
On July 31, 1976, at Holy Rosary Church, he married Lois Scilingo, who survives. Together they shared more than 46 years of love, laughter, and happiness.
John was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and received his undergraduate degree from Edinboro University. He graduated from Penn State University with his Master's Degree. During his college years, he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, where he formed friendships that lasted throughout his lifetime.
Having been a teacher and school administrator in Elk County for many years, John influenced the lives of many students and colleagues. John was also an adjunct professor for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
In his free time, John loved to spend time with his family at his camp in the Rasselas. He could often be found boating or water skiing on East Branch Dam and he never missed an opportunity to hunt and fish. John loved to teach his children and grandchildren woodworking, chess, and how to build a campfire. John was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus. A kind, thoughtful, and honest man, John looked forward to spending time with friends and family. His grandchildren will remember his sense of humor and his steady moral compass. John was a source of wisdom, comfort, and eye-rolling jokes until his very last day.
In addition to his wife, Lois Scilingo Caribardi, he is survived by 2 children; Amy de Sa Pereira and her husband Varpas of San Clemente, CA, and David Caribardi and his wife Vanessa of Lebanon, PA; and by his six beloved grandchildren; Orion, Alessandra, Celina, Evangeline, Christopher, and Adelyn. He is also survived by four siblings; James Caribardi, Caroline Grandinetti, LuAnn Judice, and Jerry Caribardi, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Patty Caribardi.
A Mass of Christian Burial for John J. Caribardi will be celebrated on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Holy Rosary Church, 606 Penn Street, Johnsonburg, PA 15845 with Fr. Kevin Holland as celebrant.
Burial will follow in the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Johnsonburg.
A visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 4:00-6:00 PM.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to The Caribardi Family Scholarship Fund, c/o of The Community Foundation, PO Box 934, St. Marys, PA 15857
Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.lynchgreenfuneralhome.com