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John "Papa John" Vendemia

July 21, 1930 ~ June 15, 2020 (age 89)

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On June 15, 2020, John aka “Papa John” entered into eternal life.  Pre-deceased by his wife, Jean of 50 years, his parents Thomas and Jessie Vendemia, his daughter, Sharon Costello, his sister, Ida Tyler and his brother, Frank Vendemia.  He survives his daughters, Judy Rae Holwegner (Kenny), Nancy Gruitt (Bob), and Suzanne Barb (Kenneth).  He leaves behind a host of other family and friends. 

We are all better for having shared life’s greatest moments with such a pillar of his community.  John served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a career Ironworker with Local #5 Washington, DC. There’s not a federal building that didn’t bear his craftsmanship!

A Mass will be held on Friday, June 19th at 12:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Cheverly, MD.  Private Interment to follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery with military honors.

In of lieu of flowers, contributions, in his name, may be made to DAV-Disabled American Veteran’s, PO Box 14301, Cincinatti, OH 45250-031 or via and/or St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 3107 63rd Ave., Cheverly, MD 20785 or


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Funeral Mass
June 19, 2020

12:00 PM
Saint Ambrose Catholic Church
3107 63rd Avenue
Cheverly, MD 20785

Private Viewing
June 19, 2020

Private Interment With Military Honors
June 19, 2020

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