Rev. Mr. John J. Conniff, 94, of Lake Park, died on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Langdale Hospice House. Mr. Conniff was born in Hudson, PA on July 23, 1924 to the late Felix M. Conniff and Wanda J. Boczkowski Conniff.
He grew up in Hudson as the youngest son of 8 children. At age 17 he volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during WW II in France in the Communications Corps. Following the war, he tried his hand at many different careers, even considering becoming a Catholic Priest. But then, in a church discussion group, he met the former Lenore Margaret Davis. At a dance on Valentine’s Day in 1953 he decided he would marry that girl in the beautiful red dress. They would go on to celebrate over 56 years of marriage, prior to her death in 2009. During the late 1960’s, while working in the Civil Service, he and his family were transferred to Utah, where they lived for many years. On December 26, 1976, he was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church. His class was the first Deaconate class in the state of Utah and he served for over 30 years.
He retired in the mid 1990’s from Hill Air Force Base as a Management Analyst for the U.S. Government. His favorite pastimes were fishing, rodeos, bowling and bingo. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ogden, Utah for over 30 years. After his move to Valdosta, GA in the late 2000’s, he was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Survivors include eight children, Theresa L. Novak (Mark) of Tucson, AZ, John S. Conniff (Janey) of Seattle, WA, Catherine T. Tucker (Donnie) of Lake Park, GA, Felix T. Conniff (Lori) of Tacoma, WA, Barbara D. Robinson of Oakland, CA, Daniel M. Conniff (Jennifer) of Fresno, CA, Leonard J. Conniff (Jackie) of San Ramon, CA and David R. Conniff of Ogden, UT. Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for the Rev. Mr. Conniff will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Aaron's Mortuary, 496 24th Street, Ogden, UT 84401. The Holy Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. A Mass will be held at 11 am on Friday, July 19, 2019 at St Joseph's Catholic Church. Rev. Michael Sciumbato will preside. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, at www.dav.org or 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076.
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