John A. Sawa

February 7, 1936 - July 6, 2016

02/07/1936 - 07/06/2016

Past Services

Friday July 08, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Friday July 08, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Saturday July 09, 2016
10:00 am
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
2111 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304 232-4353 | Directions

SAWA, John A., 80, of McMechen, W.Va., died Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in Acuity Hospital in Belliare, Ohio.

He was born February 7, 1936, in Wheeling, a son of the late Adolph Sawa Sr. and Anna (Kowalski) Sawa. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Wheeling. He was a member of the American Legion Post 46, the PAP Club, the IOLA Club, the Elm Grove Eagles, and the VFW. He worked for the Wheeling News Register, the Wheeling – Ohio County Airport, and retired from International Harvester. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Adolph Sawa Jr., Joseph Sawa, Robert W. Sawa, and Carl S. Sawa.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy J. (Freno) Sawa; one brother, Donald (Kathy) Sawa of Garland, Texas; one niece; three nephews; two great nieces; and four great nephews.

Friends will be received on Friday, July 8, 2016 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, where an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 10 am at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. Bekeh Utietiang as celebrant.

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7 years ago

I am very sorry for the loss of your dear John. The pain is intense when we lose someone special. God’s promises give us hope. God promises, a future with no more pain, suffering, sickness, nor death (Revelation 21:3,4). He also will reunite families with those they have lost (Acts 24:15). The website is helping millions find satisfying answers to questions they have. I hope you will examine it and enjoy it. Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

Bob Blazer
7 years ago

Dorthy, I am sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a gentleman to all he knew. I enjoyed talking to the both of you when we would run I to each other. I know he will be missed by The American Legion family and all who knew him. God Bless you both and your family.

Terry Runyan
7 years ago

Dorothy, I am sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong. God will help you heal your broken heart in time. Your friend always from Morgantown Wv….. Terry

John Benedetta
7 years ago

I knew John when he bowled at the Riviera, a very nice person. Gold Bless his family. RIP.

Trudy Forster
7 years ago

Dorothy, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry I won’t be able to make it to the funeral home. God bless & keep you in his care.

Dennis R Albaugh
7 years ago

My sincere and deepest condolences to the family of John. Denny Albaugh

Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of John A. Sawa, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..

US Marine Veteran, John A. Sawa, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Rich Beaver
7 years ago

John & I were friends team mates & ex-team mates since 1960 .John was an excellent 3rd Baseman & power hitter .We first met while playing for The famous PAP Club . All of the guys were good players & friendly & had great family picnics also .John & I also played for Sebulski’s Junkers in Ferry in 1964 . We last talked about 2 years ago . Prayers for John’s wife Dorothy & family members . May our Friend John Sawa Rest in Peace . R

tom bland
7 years ago

John was my high school hero. He taught me techniques that I used thru my 10 year professional football career. He will be missed. I loved him like a brother.