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GLENFIELD John J. Domagala, 78, of Main Street, passed away at his home on Saturday, November 18, 2023.
To know John is to have loved him. While the seasons of his life changed, he remained steadfast in his faith and love for his wife Linda, and his entire family.
A funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church with Rev. Douglas Decker, Pastor, officiating. A luncheon at St. Hedwig’s fellowship hall will immediately follow the Mass, all are welcome. Any food donations may be brought directly St. Hedwig’s Fellowship hall on Saturday morning. Burial will be at a later date in Old Glendale Cemetery. Calling hours are from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2023 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made in memory of John to St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in C/O St. Peter’s Church, 5457 Shady Ave., Lowville, NY 13367 or Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, of 56 years. Their love story began on October 28, 1967, when they married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New York Mills. Together, they built a life filled with love, laughter, and joy, raising their six children and eventaully welcoming their spouses into the family; Penny and Bill Montgomery of Altmar, Douglas and Deborah Domagala of Lowville, Michael and Michelle Domagala of Indianapolis, IN, Robert and Nancy Domagala of Boonville, Lori and Tim Doty of Rolla, MO, Sherry and Daniel Beyer of Lowville;18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Edward Kubinski of Lowville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him dearly.
John was born on May 22, 1945, in Stamford, CT, a son of the late John A. and Stella M. Matula Domagala. He was proud graduate of General Martin High School and Mohawk Valley Community College in the Electrical Program. From 1968 to 1990, he and Linda owned and operated his parents' former dairy farm on Meiss Road in Glenfield. Following this, he served the community as a bus driver for South Lewis Central School District for three years. With his passion for electrical work, he completed five years of electrical training with IBEW #910 in Watertown. In 1997, John took his entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to start his own company, J.J. Domagala Electric, which he successfully ran until his retirement in 2009. Even in retirement, John kept busy, working for Bernie Bus as an aid and at ACE Hardware in customer service.
John was a man of faith and a dedicated member of St. Hedwig's Catholic Church, Houseville. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus in both Houseville and later Constableville, being a charter member. His association with the NRA, IBEW Local #910, and the NNY Electrical Contractors Association further exemplified his commitment to his community and his profession.
His love of bow ties were a reflection of both his inward and outward fun-loving self.
Voted class clown in high school, John continued his life as a perennial jokester, bringing laughter to those around him. He found joy in viewing Halloween as a month long celebration, rather than a single-day event. He had a smile and twinkle in his eye that made sure you knew you were loved. John always looked forward to gatherings, especially those around polkas and pierogis.
John's interests were as diverse as they were passionate. He held a pilot's license and took great joy in flying. He had a love for photography and painting. His handy nature was evident in his prolific woodworking as well as the camp he built on Tug Hill. He learned to play the ukulele late in life and was an avid outdoorsman who relished cross-country skiing, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed target shooting with friends and family. Above all though, John cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
With his passing, John leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, and a life well-lived. His memory will be treasured by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege to know him. He will be greatly missed, but his spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those he left behind.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.