John Vincent Polinsky

October 5, 2020

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John Vincent Polinsky, 88 was born on September 28, 1932. He passed away at home October 5th, 2020.  He was married to his beloved wife, Joyce Bonnell Polinsky who preceded him in death on March 8, 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Bryan Vincent Polinsky, three sisters, Catherine Benedict, Mary Ann Levandosky and Lucille Frayvolt. Three brothers, Stephen, Joseph and Michael Polinsky also preceded him in death.  Surviving members of his family include, his son, Steven Polinsky and his daughter, Brenda McKay Welch, son in law, Myron Welch, two grandchildren, Ryan McKay and his wife Christina McKay, Julie McKay Cronin and her husband, James Cronin and great grandson, Callum Cronin. Two brothers Robert Polinsky and his wife, Joyce, Charles Polinsky and his wife, Judy along with numerous nieces and nephews are also included.  John was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Blairsville, Pa. for many years where he served in a variety of ways. He and his wife, Joyce also were volunteers for The Salvation Army for many years. He thoroughly enjoyed playing hymns on his harmonica for the residents at Keeper of the Flame in Blairsville during church services. He would often stay following the service to visit and play other songs that the residents requested.  He retired from Torrance State Hospital in 1985 with 30 years of service in the geriatric patient department. John and Joyce enjoyed their retirement years immensely by spending family time with their grandchildren, walks at Keystone State Park and other outdoor hiking areas. Camping and spending time at the cabin in Allegheny National Forest were also favorite pastimes. Some of their excursions also included several overseas trips.  John was friendly to all and never knew a stranger. He always showed an interest in others and knew how to provide encouragement. His stories and sense of humor always provided some hearty laughs.  He enjoyed all types of music and musicals and had a great singing voice. He rarely missed a performance at the Derry Area Summer Concert Series.  John was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending Blairsville Bobcats football games, cheering for the Nittany Lions, Steelers and Pirates. He had a compassion for homeless cats and rescued several cats and kittens over the years.  In keeping with John’s wishes, there will be no visitation.  A Funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 50 S. Walnut St, Blairsville, PA 15717 on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville, PA.  In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to SNIP-Spay/Neuter. 2559 Warren Road, Indiana PA 15701 or The Salvation Army, 635 Water Street, Indiana, PA 15701.


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Funeral Service
October 9, 2020

1:00 PM

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