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John R. Cusatis, Jr.

John R. Cusatis, Jr., age 83, of Mifflinville and formerly of Hazleton passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 with his beloved wife of over 62 years, his three daughters and his beloved canine companion, Mojo, at his side. Everyone knew that Mojo was the son he never had.

Born in Hazleton on June 14, 1938, he was a son of the late John R., Cusatis, Sr. and Nicolina Cameron from Pardeesville.  

Prior to moving to Mifflinville, he worked most of his life in sales. For many years he owned a used car sales business. More recently, he worked in TV marketing and promotions for WLYN-35 and Penny’s Classified in Hazleton.

John loved to work and keep busy, his favorite times were large family gatherings with all of his daughters around. Meatballs and spaghetti were served at every holiday meal specifically for him. “That was a treat instead of a treatment” would be happily recited after each meal.

Surviving is his wife, the former Marilyn Potence, with whom he celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on November 21, 2021; three daughters: Lisa Podlesny, Michele Foerster and Evonne Cusatis; seven grandchildren: David Fulton, Derek Fulton, Danielle Fulton, Christina Bomgardner, Kelly Brown, Amber D’hondt and Holly Nateman; and 12 great-grandchildren that were the twinkle in his eye.

Private family services will be held at the family’s residence.

At his request, donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Tracyspawsrescue.org

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We are deeply saddened to hear about John. Our prayers are with your family during this time of grief. We will miss presence at our bar. We were always happy to see hiam when he came for pitza.

Gerry and Mariann Senape Mar 29 2022 9:29 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a very special man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
We'll make a contribution to St. Jude's in his memory.

Larry Tedesco Mar 27 2022 7:09 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a very nice man.

Lori Schietrumpf (Lengen) Mar 25 2022 9:19 PM

Had the pleasure of knowing John ; he always had a nice thing to say . Always talked about his family . Condolences to all of the family our prayers and thoughts are with you all. 🙏

Ann Hoffman Mar 25 2022 9:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Cusatis, Jr.

Mark and Sue Fulton Mar 25 2022 5:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Cusatis, Jr.

Jewel Mar 25 2022 1:18 PM

our sincere condolences at this difficult time.we send love and prayers to But hie and the girls and all the precious family. We are devoted donors to St.Judes, and happy to support them.Our Mr. far Cy sends Mojo a heartfelt lick. Love and prayers to. all xxoo

Dianne Antonelli Chandler and Byron Mar 25 2022 12:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Cusatis, Jr.

Sherry Cortese Mar 25 2022 10:02 AM

Prayers to entire Family and Condolences on their loss. I was Blessed to know Johnny my entire life. He was an amazing girl Dad & always made me feel like I was another daughter. He has touched so many lives with his kindness and amazing smile & humor. May He Rest in Peace & watch over his Family & Wife. Much Love & Prayers during this difficult time.

Sherry Cortese Mar 25 2022 9:58 AM

My love, thoughts and prayers to the Cusatis family! I did not personally know Mr. Cusatis but Evonne has told me many stories about him. May the lord guide you through this difficult time. RIP Mr. Cusatis

Fawn Longfoot Mar 25 2022 7:54 AM

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