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John Nixon Shoemaker

Sunday, January 30, 1927Sunday, August 5, 2018

John Nixon Shoemaker, 91, a resident of Wyoming, passed away peacefully late Sunday evening, August 05, 2018. John never had a bad day in his life, and he attributed his longevity to diet, rest, and mild exercise.

Born on January 30, 1927, in Wilkes-Barre, John was the son of the late Thomas T.W. Shoemaker and Eleanor (Nixon) Shoemaker.

John was a graduate of the former West Pittston High School, Class of 1944. After high school, John went on to honorably serve for two years in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Upon his discharge from the service, he enrolled in Wilkes College, now Wilkes University, where in 1950 he acquired his Bachelor’s Degree.

Prior to his retirement, John was the proprietor of Shoemaker Card and Gift Shops, as well as Shoemaker Hardware.

John was a member of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Wyoming; a member of the Westmoreland Club since 1971; held membership with the Wyoming Business Club from 1952 until 2014; and was a past member of Fox Hill Country Club.

A man of many enjoyments, John especially enjoyed entertaining; having his gin martini’s extra dry with 2 olives; sitting in front of his fire place; going on jazz cruises; visiting New York City; having his breakfast every morning; playing Mahjong; being a proud Republican; and reunions with his classmates. Above all, John was happiest being surrounded by those he loved most – his beloved family!

In addition to his parents, Thomas and Eleanor Shoemaker, John was preceded in death by his first wife, Antoinette “Toni” (Menegus) Shoemaker; his sister, Martha Terry; his brother, Thomas “Doc” Shoemaker; and his mother-in-law, Olga Cajka.

John is survived by his second wife, Natalie (Cajka) Shoemaker, with whom he celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on July 15th; his children, Jack (Michelle) Shoemaker; Jim (Susan) Shoemaker; Joshua Shoemaker; Darryl Stahler; Jeanne Taylor; and Holly (Tom) Lanza; his grandchildren, Molly, Maggie, Liz, Jacob, Isabel, Amanda, Christopher, Dominick, Samantha, Carissa, Miranda, and Sierra; his great-grandchildren, Marnie and Isla; as well as his many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with John’s wishes, all services will be private.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

For additional information or to send the Shoemaker Family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home’s website,, or Facebook page.

Memorial Contributions may be made in John’s honor to a charity of the donor’s choice.



The obituary as I read it was very well written and emotionally moving. John had a blessed life and each time I had seen him at an event he always was cordial no matter what his physical condition may have been.He was head of a very large loving family and enjoyed spending time with them all. Rest in peace John,you made the most of the time the Lord gave you on this earth and now it is time for you to rest in peace as you reflect on those you left behind. Sincere sympathy to Natalie and all your family members. Ann Marie Swetz
Sincerest condolences as we all experience the passing of this generation. Many fond memories of the store, Aunt Maria and Cousin John. He was a favorite of Marion. A very long life well lived, lessons for all of us. May they all rest in peace. Ellen Warner
Dear Natalie and family, So sorry to hear about John's passing. My thoughts are with you at this time. Jill Schwartz
John will be greatly missed. He was one of the funniest guys around, especially when he was teamed up with his old buddy Joe Shaver. It was so generous when he would give away last year's calendars from his Hallmark Stores to those in need. Mark Sobeck
To the entire Shoemaker family, May God be with John. I have many fond memories of John while in the Wyoming Business Club. He was a good, trustworthy levelheaded man with a great sense of humor and an even greater heart. He will be missed here, but remember that he will be waiting for us when it is our time, martini in hand. Ray Knaub
Thoughts and prayers are sent to the Shoemaker family. My sincerest sympathy, Rita Molino.
Natalie, I am so sorry for your loss. It is always hard to loose someone that you have been close to for so long. I will say some prayers for you and your husband. If you need any one to talk to I am around. I would like to hear from you. 570 3136050 any time you feel a need. Sincerely, Betsy
Our prayers go out to the Shoemaker family. He will be missed very much in Wyoming. Michael J. Baloga
Dear Natalie and the Shoemaker Family: We were deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. It was painful to learn this news. John was not just a great boss but a dear friend and mentor. I have so very many fond memories of him, I will always remember the many times he made us all laugh. John was an exceptional man who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the beautiful Shoemaker family at this most difficult time. Sincerely, "Sondra" and Bob Slezak
Dear Natalie, Jim and Family, I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was such a wonderful person and businessman. I admired and learned so much from him. He had a wonderful sense of humor which made working for him such a pleasure. May your fond memories of him put a smile on your face during this sad time. Tess OMalley
Johnny and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. Ruth Morris
Dear Jim and Family, I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Bob Wasilewski

Just a heartfelt thank you for your sincere care and kindness in helping us journey our Wife, Mom, and Grandmother home to the Lord. You made a difficult time much easier.