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September 25, 1948 - June 27, 2017
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John Dizek, an accomplished musician, passed away Tuesday evening at his daughter’s Jefferson’s Twp. home at the age of 68, after a long and courageous battle with illness. His wife of 34 years of marriage, Lucy Weber Dizek, survives.
Born on September 25, 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, John was the son of the late Anthony and Nancy Leanza Dizek. An extraordinary talent from his youth, John was a founding member, song writer, and lead vocalist of The Hassles in 1964. They were signed by United Artist Records shortly after. Making a Billboard Chart appearance in 1967 was their single “You’ve got me hummin’.”
Settling in Northeast Pennsylvania, John served as the music teacher at Scranton Area Christian Academy as well as offering private musical lessons for many years. He also served as an accomplished worship leader and pianist in churches around the area including: Dickson City, Trinity and Peckville Assemblies of God and Our Father’s House of NEPA. A talented woodworker, he was the owner of Woodland Hardwood Flooring in Hop Bottom. Throughout his years, he impacted countless lives through both his caring and nurturing ways as well as through his music. John was a dedicated family man, and a devoted Christian. In his later years he played with the Al and John Duo, bringing joy to many in the area.
He is also survived by his adoring daughter, Jessica Dizek, of Jefferson Twp.; his sister, Joanne Dizek and wife Bonnie Jennings of Nicholson; and was a loving “boopa” to granddaughter Alexandra Dizek.
His family would like to extend their appreciation to all of John’s amazing and supportive friends, including Al, Adam, John R., and Pastor Dave, just to name a few, as well as the entire staff of V.N.A. Home Hospice, who provided comfort to both John and his family during his final days.
A funeral service celebrated by John’s dear friend, Pastor David Daley, is scheduled for Friday at 7:00PM at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street in Old Forge. Public viewing will be from 5:00PM until services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Our Father’s House NEPA, 1820 Church Ave., Scranton, Pa., 18508. Please visit the funeral home’s website for directions or to leave an online condolence.