John ‘Long John’ Pachniak
Feb. 22, 2013
HAMMOND — John Pachniak, 95, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the Town Center Nursing Home where he had resided for the past three years. John was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Regina and brothers Stanley, Chester, and Edward Pachniak. John is survived by his children: Carol (Dan) Gonsiorowski, Richard (Janis) Patrick, and Lawrence (Glenda) Pachniak; grandchildren: Susan (Paul) Balunda, Kristine (Randy) Spotten, Jason (Yvonne) Gonsiorowski, Rebecca Pachniak, Jennifer (Brad) Loucks; great-grandchildren: Edward McBride, Parker and Julia Loucks, brother Harry (Sophie) Pachniak, sister, Betty Marciniak and sister-in-law, Florence Pachniak as well as many nieces and nephews.
John was a crane operator for American Steel and Blaw Knox Co. before retiring in 1980. He enjoyed hunting and fishing for many years and later in life gardening and finding and repairing items to resell. He was a wonderful father and loved by his whole family.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 directly at St. Stanislaus Church 4930 Indianapolis Blvd. in East Chicago, with visiting from 9 to 10 a.m. CST and a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Burial at St. John/St. Joseph Cemetery in Hammond. www.fagenmiller.com