My Dad’s Obituary

img_2862John F. Sokolowski, of Annapolis, Maryland passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family, on September 19, 2016. John was born in Yonkers, NY on July 12, 1930 to Carl Sokolowski, who immigrated from Poland, and Mary Stramowski Sokolowski of Syracuse, NY. John attended Cardinal Hayes High School in New York City. After serving in the United States Army during the Korean War, he returned to attend Columbia University and to marry Claire. Together, they moved to New Jersey, where he graduated from Rutgers University in 1957. John worked for the Hess Oil Company in Woodbridge, NJ and was the Administrator for the American Radio Association. He relocated his family to Maryland in 1983 to serve as health and benefit plan Administrator for the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots. John was very active in retirement, working for the US Census, the Maryland Board of Elections and RGIS Inventory Services. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed skiing and had a lifelong love for the game of golf, which he played well.

John was a devoted husband and a loving, generous father. He was predeceased by his eldest son, Eric J. Sokolowski, as well as his sister, Mary Piekarz and brother, Joseph Sklow. John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Claire (Teleshuk) Sokolowski of Annapolis, MD, his children, John F. Sokolowski, Jr. and his wife, Ilene of Long Branch, NJ, Mary E. Sokolowski, of Providence, RI, and Philip A. Sokolowski, of Annapolis, MD, daughter-in-law, Pegeen Townsend Sokolowski of Annapolis, MD and his beloved grand-daughters, Mary Claire, Ashley, and Emily Sokolowski, also of Annapolis, MD.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Annapolis, MD on October 1, 2016 at 9:00 am. John will be interred at Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway, NJ on October 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in John’s name to Hospice of the Chesapeake at


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