YOUNGSTOWN - A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for John James Korda, 87, who died peacefully early Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 2018, at Northside Medical Center, just less than three weeks after the passing of his beloved wife, Cetty.
John, who was known to many as “Jim” and “Jimmy,” was born May 15, 1930, in Johnstown, Pa., the son of the late Charles and Mary Korda, and came to this area with his family as a child.
He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War, earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service to his country.
Mr. Korda worked at U.S. Steel for 32 years as a bricklayer, retiring in 1981. After retiring from U.S. Steel, he continued to ply his trade as a bricklayer for various local contractors.
Jim was a devoted husband and father, and he enjoyed painting, gardening, and spending time with his family. He loved the music of Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, and he was known for his tremendous sense of humor.
He was a lifelong member of the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Youngstown.
Jim’s wife of 66 years, Concetta “Cetty” Korda, whom he married Dec. 27, 1951, passed away Jan. 29, 2018.
Mr. Korda is survived by five children; sons, Rev. J. James Korda of Youngstown, Frank Sr. (Debbie Greco) Korda of Pompano Beach, Fla., Charles (Marylou) Korda of Youngstown, and David (Michelle) Korda of Youngstown, and a daughter, Susan Marie (Scott) Reid of Chagrin Falls; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Rachel, Frank Jr. (Amy), Mary, and Vincent Korda, and Nicolina and Mackenzie Reid; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Genevieve and Betty Jean; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Family and friends may call from 9 to 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, at St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 397 South Jackson St., Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Korda’s name to St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., in Youngstown.
Mr. Korda’s family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Omni Nursing Home in Youngstown, and the doctors and nurses at Northside Medical Center, for the kindness shown and care given to Jim and his family.