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Mount Kisco's John C. Hvisch, 94, Saw Battle At Okinawa, A Yankee Stadium 'Veteran Of The Game'

Paul Hvisch.
Paul Hvisch. Photo Credit: Contributed

John C. Hvisch of Mount Kisco died at his home on Friday, April 19 – his 94th birthday.

John, the son of John Joseph and Mary (Gurrall) Hvisch, was born in Yonkers on April 19, 1925. He was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corp., enlisting in 1943 at the age of 17, and was a part of the Pacific campaign and fought in the grueling battle of Okinawa. John was awarded several citations, campaign medals and battle stars for his bravery, including three Battle Stars.

John married Rosemarie Lewandowski on May 3, 1947; she predeceased him in 1988. He is survived by his five loving children, Candice Rosenberg (Lee), Richard Hvisch (Diane), Gerald Hvisch (Dorian), Michelle Sobocinski (Scott) and Andrea Messina (William), 10 adoring grandchildren and five adored great-grandchildren. He will also be greatly missed by his nephew Tom Lichodolik (Cornelia), Carol Lichodolik and Judy Bernard (Tony).

In 1976, John retired from the Westchester County Parkway Police Department. Following his retirement from the Department, he was employed by the American Can Company from 1976 to 1988.

Not one to sit still, John became very active in the Mount Kisco Seniors’ Program, the American Legion and various other veterans’ programs. A lifelong NY Rangers and Yankee fan, he was thrilled to be honored at Yankee Stadium as the Veteran of the Game on October 1, 2017. John was a longtime parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco. His smile and good nature will be sorely missed by all those he touched.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honor Flight , a nonprofit dedicated to bringing America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. Family and friends are invited to Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Inc. at 288 East Main Street in Mt. Kisco on Monday, April 22nd from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for John at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 2 Green Street in Mt. Kisco on Tuesday April 23rd at 10 a.m. Internment will be private.

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