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Obituary of John Stanley Kura

John S. “Johnie” Kura, Sr., 87 of Peckville, died unexpectedly Sunday at home. His wife was the former Helen M. Toth who died in 1993. The couple was married for 42 years.

Born and raised in Peckville, he was the son of the late Joseph and Rose Swartz Kura. He was a graduate of Blakely High School and a U.S. Army Veteran. He served as a Cpl. in the Korean War, receiving several honorary medals for his service.

He was the owner/operator of Johnie’s Service Station in Jessup for over 40 years until his retirement. Johnie’s Service Station was something of an institution in the community. Like its owner’s heart, “Johnie’s” was a warm and welcoming place where customers became friends. He was known as a man who would give you the shirt off his back. He never knew of anyone in need for whom he would not do all he could to help. Not only adored by his family, but also loved by so many in the community where he lived and worked his entire life. He will be greatly missed by many.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and a lifetime member of the American Legion & the VFW Peckville.

Surviving are two sons, John J. Kura and wife Beverly, Dunmore, and Rick Kura and wife Luci, Jessup, and a daughter Ann Marie Kura Gifford and  Mark Gifford, Olyphant. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Hofmeister, Peckville and several grandchildren: Jessica Canjar, husband John, and children Julia and Johnny; Christina Kura and son Jaedyn; John Kura III; Kyle Gifford; Frankie DeRosa, daughter Sophie Lee and Vanessa DeRosa. Also surviving is Joseph Kura, whose relationship with his uncle John made him more of a son than a nephew.

He & his beloved wife Helen were preceded in death by their son, Robert, in 1985, whose passing broke their hearts. Imagine the joy when they all meet in Heaven.

He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters, Joseph, George, Edward, Leo, William, Eva, and Rose.

Dad, we your children have one thing to say - you were simply the best.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, January 8th, from the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St. Peckville with mass at 11 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Peckville. Interment, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Montdale.

Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 PM. For online condolences go to “”

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