Niagara Gazette


November 10, 2012

John P. Zeglovitch


John P. Zeglovitch, November 6, 2012, age 85. John was born on a farm in Milford, PA, to immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, John and Rose (Paul) Zeglovitch.
He spent his youth in Allentown, PA, speaking only German until he attended school. John entered the U.S. Army in 1945 and served in China. He returned to New York City after his discharge to work for General Electric. John later worked as a purser for TWA and flew all over the world, meeting various celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Bishop Fulton Sheen. He also worked as a purser for the Arabian American Oil Company flying to and from the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. In the early 1960's, John went to work for the New York State Power Authority, first in Manhattan and later at the Niagara Power Project, where he was ultimately in charge of all personnel and finance operations.
John was a private pilot. He sailed for years on Lake Ontario. He was a photographer and operated his own darkroom. He built custom furniture and stereo equipment. He became an avid cyclist in retirement. John was a solitary person. He was a futurist and was fascinated by science and space travel. In keeping with his wishes, a symbolic portion of his cremated remains will be placed on a space flight through Celestis Memorial Spaceflights, at which time there will be a private memorial service.
John was a long time resident of Youngstown. He spent the last year and a half of his life in memory care at Park Creek Senior Living in Williamsville, where he received exceptional care.
John was devoted to his wife of 39 years, Leona Fran (O'Brien) Zeglovitch. Fran died of cancer in 1991. John is survived by his sister, Helen Juretus of Allentown, PA; sons, Robert (Jane Young) of Marine on St. Croix, MN, Richard of Atlanta, GA, and Paul (Colette Kovacs) of Westminster, CA; and grandchildren, Jack, Rebecca, Dylan and Sabrina. He is preceded in death by his sisters, Elsie Moser and Hilda Sarka, both of Allentown.
Memorials are preferred to Roswell Park Cancer Institute at Please share your condolences at

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