John Curran |

John Curran

A memorial Mass for John G. Curran of Lake Wildwood will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at St. Cyril-Methodius Catholic Church, 449 S. 6th St., in Reading, Pa. A celebration of life will take place at a later date in the Lake Wildwood Area.

Mr. Curran died Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, after a short illness. He was 86.

He was born June 24, 1917, in Reading, Pa., to Paul Chuchran (later changed to Curran) and Anna Jevin. He joined the military in March 1941 and was stationed in the Message Center at the War College in Washington, D.C., at the time of the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was then sent to Officers Training School in Miami Beach, Fla.

He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in the European Theater until he was injured and discharged in 1946. He married Sophie Zolondak in 1946; she died in 1997. He then married Viola Greenwood in 1999. He taught at Reading Community College for more than 30 years before retiring in 1983. He was a lifelong member of St. Cyril-Methodius Catholic Church in Reading, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Viola, of Lake Wildwood; son, Joseph of Ephrata, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law, John and Kristal of East Berlin, Pa.; grandchildren Kohl, Shain and Nikohl of East Berlin; stepchildren Martin and Mary Greenwood of Napa, Janet and Ron Bakke of Granite Bay, and Nanette and Bill Bate of Tahoe City; seven step-grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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