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John Francis Risko, Jr.

January 17, 1934 ~ September 11, 2020 (age 86)


John Francis Risko, Jr., 86 of Palmyra, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2020 at home in the loving presence of his wife, Mary. Born January 17, 1934 in Vintondale, PA, John was son of John F. Risko and Margaret (Harnots) Risko. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Joseph Leonetti and his grandson John Luke Nantz.


John is survived by his Wife, Mary E. (Everson) Risko of Palmyra, PA; Children, John F. Risko, Jr., of Maple Valley, WA, Michael Risko of Elizabethtown, PA, Mark Risko of Jonestown, PA, Christopher Risko and wife Kimlynne of Lebanon, PA, Mary Nantz and husband John of Hummelstown, PA and Matthew Risko and wife Milissa of Jonestown, PA; Grandchildren, Kelsey, Cody, Joshua and wife Stephanie, Stephen and wife Charity, Megan Elizabeth and Jacob Michael; Great-Grandchildren, Ember and Juniper; John’s sisters, Gloria Rosner, Julie Kowalski and Mary Mayansik, as well as many Nieces and Nephews that he deeply loved.


After graduating from Vintondale High School, John met the love of his life, Mary, when he was attending Stevens Trade School in Lancaster, PA. They married at the Chapel #2, Elmendorf Air Force Base on October 9, 1955 in Anchorage, Alaska. John worked as a foreman in the central heating and power plant at Elmendorf Air Force Base. After living in Alaska for 14 years and taking a trip around the States to visit family, they decided to relocate back to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. They raised their six children for 30 plus years while residing in Elderton, PA. After 30 years, John retired from the Penelec Power Plant in Shelocta, PA.


John was a devoted husband and loved his family deeply. He enjoyed dancing with his wife, Mary, listening to music, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates even in their worst years. Many times, you could hear John reaching out to Jesus to help his teams along. As an avid reader, you could find John in his recliner reading all of Louis L’Amour’s frontier stories.


Interment will be at the Resurrection Cemetery in Harrisburg, PA, on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 11:00 am.



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Graveside Service
September 16, 2020

11:00 AM
Resurrection Cemetery
116 South Oak Grove Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112

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