Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

HARWINTON – Deacon John L. Dembishack Jr. of Harwinton passed away suddenly on Oct. 25, 2013, at age 83.

He was born in Collinsville, a son of the late John and Viola (Marhefski) Dembishack. He graduated from Canton High School and in 1952, married Patricia Downing, who died on Feb. 15, 2002. Mr. Dembishack was a Korean War veteran who served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952-60.

He worked in shipping and receiving for Sears & Roebuck Co. for over 40 years before retiring in 1980; he then worked for 10 years at The Torrington Co.

He was ordained as a deacon with the Archdiocese of Hartford on June 8, 1991, and was the first and one of the longest-serving deacons at St. Peter Church in Torrington.

He is survived by his four children, John L. Dembishack III of Bristol; James J. Dembishack of Hope, R.I.; Karen M. Canino of Torrington; and Lynn M. Smith-Bailey of Marlow, N.H.; his sisters Irene Hull of West Sand Lake, N.Y.; Shirley Krawczyk of New Britain; and Frances Urso of New Britain; and his brother Richard Dembishack of Prospect. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Szydlowski, and a brother, Walter Dembishack.

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Oct. 31 at St. Peter Church. Burial with military honors followed in St. Peter Cemetery. Donations in Deacon Dembishack’s honor may be sent to St Peter Church, c/o The Pastoral Center, 160 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790.