ELYSBURG — John Lawrence Scopelliti, 59, of 176 Monroe Drive, passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2021.

He was born May 6, 1962 (on his sister’s seventh birthday) in Shamokin, a beloved son of Shirley (Dietrich) and Orlando Scopelliti. After his mother’s passing, he lived with his sister and brother for more than nine years until he was hospitalized in late July.

John graduated in 1983, from Shamokin Area School District, with many of his closest friends from a special class.

Throughout his life, John was very active. Some of his interests were going Farmer’s Market, swimming, diving, basketball, walking, jogging, going to the gym, dancing, singing, bowling, fishing, shopping, dressing up, cleaning cars, using his cell phone and being on Facebook.

John enjoyed being a Boy Scout and competing in the Special Olympics and swimming. He was proud to be a ring bearer and was an advocate for special needs, appearing in many newspaper articles and parades.

He loved Penn State and Eagles football teams. He was a fan of “Rocky” movies and WWF wrestling. His favorite shows included “Jeopardy!”, “Wheel of Fortune,” the Three Stooges, “Seinfeld” and “All in the Family.”

The most important part of his life was attending Bethany Bible Church, where a special class was created by Mrs. Laura Cassel in 1975. He never missed church until his health began to decline.

John loved his family, aunts, uncles, cousins — and they loved him! Besides being very handsome, he was kind, gentle, loving, caring, sweet and so much fun. John had a wonderful life from the day he was born — always happy and smiling — never a worry in the world. We were so blessed to have him in our family.

John is survived by his sister, Kathy and her husband, Tony, of Elysburg; his brother, Joe and his wife, Karen, of Berwick; nieces, Kristin and Katie, of Virginia; his niece, Eleanor Matulewicz and her husband, Mike Morton, and daughter, Lucy, of Bloomsburg; his nephew, Tony Matulewicz III, of Mount Carmel; Uncle John and Aunt Donna Snipkie, of Coal Township; his aunt, Jeanette Varano, of New Jersey; and his godmother, Estelle Scopelliti, of Coal Township.

SCOPELLITI — John Lawrence Scopelliti, 59, of 176 Monroe Drive, Elysburg. Per his parents’ wishes, arrangements are private. Any donations are requested to go to the Bethany Bible Church, 654 Wilburton Road, Mount Carmel 17851.

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