John D. Mokay
DELHI — John D. Mokay, 91, longtime Delhi resident and businessman, died Dec 5, 2012.
Born Feb 12, 1921, in Watervliet, the son of Demytro and Mary (Rogosky) Mokay, he was a W.W. II U.S. Army veteran, serving as an artillery spotter, in the invasion of Normandy, and awarded the American Service and Good Conduct Medals.
John married Theresa A. Russell, Apr 9, 1947, in St. Basil’s Russian Orthodox Church, Watervliet, a union of 60 years, until her death, April 9, 2008.
Coming to Delhi in 1949, he owned and managed “Mokay’s Market” with his family until 1979, subsequently serving 10 years as deputy for Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.
A life member of St. Basil’s Church, Watervliet; also regularly attended St. Peter’s Church, Delhi, where he always took up the offering; 30-year member of Delhi Fire Department and company treasurer; Gleason American Legion, Post No 190; and Delhi Chamber of Commerce.
Surviving are his son, William (Leslie) Mokay, Delhi; daughter, Susan (Stephen) Rosa, Norwich; six grandchildren, Richard (Phuong) Mokay, Delhi, Kelly (Wayne) Smith, U.S. Navy, Guam, Rachel (James III) Langley, Denver, Colo., Juliane (Zachary) Doob, Ithaca, Elizabeth Rosa, Denver, Colo., and Stephen Rosa II, Ithaca; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Bushallow, Kensington, Md., and Ann Mokey, Maplewood; many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by four brothers, Alec, William, Andrew and Peter Mokay; sister, Catherine Bielawa; and a great-grandson.
Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec 7, at Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi.
Funeral services: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at St. Basil’s Church, Watervliet. Burial with military honors in the parish cemetery.
Memorial contributions appreciated: St. Basil’s Church, 6 Lansing Avenue, Watervliet, NY 12189.
Arrangements with Robert A. Peet, Delhi.