John M. Zajicek
November 21, 1963
February 2, 2023
Age 59, of Scott Township, PA passed away on February 2, 2023 at home with his family lovingly by his side. John was born on November 21, 1963 to Joseph and Margaret (Lorraine) Zajicek of Carnegie, Pennsylvania. He grew up with his dear seven siblings James (Beth) Zajicek, Elaine (Late John Duran) Zajicek, the late Barbara Zajicek, Constance (Craig) Wood, Dale Zajicek, Dana (Kelly) Zajicek, and Jody (Kathleen) Zajicek on Cubbage Hill in Carnegie.
John knew his wife Monica (Yustak) in high school at Carlynton, and they started dating during College. They tied the knot on July 11, 1992 and have celebrated thirty beautiful years of marriage. Together they were given six gifts from God; Madison, Mitchell, Noah, Caleb, Elias, and Maclain Zajicek who John was a loving and adored father.
John is joining his parents Joseph and Lorraine Zajicek and sister Barbara in God’s Kingdom and will be survived by not only his six wonderful siblings, but his mother-in-law, Arleen Yustak, brother and sister-in-laws Melissa and Ken Hackman, Marla and Robert Malcolm, and Mandy and Graham Turnbull. He also leaves behind many loved nieces and nephews.
John lived with Cholangiocarcinoma for the last three years of his life. He never lost his faith with God as he battled the disease with the most amazing grace, bravery and strength. He lived everyday with positivity and determination not to let the disease keep him from doing things he loved and showing love towards other people.
Everyone who knew him knew that he was an extremely kind, loving and hardworking person who loved his family very much. He was the kind of man who if he entered a room, his smile would light it up and you knew everything would be okay. One conversation with John, and you were sucked into an instant friendship full of laughter and affirmation for life.
John was a real fixer upper, a man with gifted hands and a passion for carpentry. If it was broken, he would fix it. He was the jack of all trades and master of it all. God gave him this wonderful gift and he has made many people’s homes beautiful with it. Just don’t paint against the wood grain!
The simplest pleasures in life brought John great joy. You could find him on the swing with his music on a beautiful cool night, or cutting his grass every week in perfect symmetry. However, one of his biggest joys was when his whole family was home surrounded at the dinner table, or packed into the car on the way to church.
John was a man with strong moral principles, a man of full body, mind and integrity. He had forged a 59 year old trail of laughter, generosity, compassion and wisdom. He was more than a role model to his family and friends. He was a hero.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the SZAFRANSKI-EBERLEIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 101 Third Street, Carnegie, where family and friends will be received on Monday, February 6, 2023 and Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from 2 pm – 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 10am. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.