TIn Memoriam: The Very Rev. John Rachko
- 2004.03.03 OCA:
In Memoriam: The Very Rev. John Rachko
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL [OCA Communications] -- The Very Rev. John Rachko, who
in retirement was attached to Saint James Mission here, died on Sunday,
February 29, 2004.
Born July 17, 1926 in Maizeville, PA, Father Rachko received a Bachelor of
Arts degree from Great Lakes College, Detroit, MI before enrolling in and
graduating from Saint Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan,
PA. On September 2, 1950, he married the former Irene Papinsick. Prior to
his ordination to the Holy Diaconate and Priesthood in 1950 he served as
choir director at Saint John the Baptist Church, Signac, NJ.
From 1950 until 1956 he served as rector of Holy Ghost Church, Detroit,
MI. He also served Holy Ghost Church, Ambridge, PA from 1956 until 1962 and
Saint John the Baptist Church, Edwardsville, PA from 1962 until 1970, when
he took a leave of absence to work as a vocational rehavilitation counselor
with addicts, alcoholics, the mentally impaired and the physically
handicapped. During this time he also served as a supply priest in various
parishes throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut.
In 1972 he was assigned rector of Saint John the Baptist Church, Alpha, NJ.
The following year he was transferred to the pastorate of Saints Peter and
Paul Albanian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia, PA, which he served until
1983, when he was assigned rector of Holy Trinity Church, Charleroi, PA. In
1991 he retired from active ministry and relocated to Port St. Lucie.
Father Rachko received numerous awards during his ministry, including
elevation to the rank of archpriest in 1965 and the right to wear the
palitza in 1984.
Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Saint James Mission, Port St.
Lucie, FL on Wednesday, March 3. Additional services will be held at 10:00
a.m. at the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, South Canaan, PA
on Saturday, March 6, followed by interment in the monastery cemetery.
Father Rachko is survived by his wife, Irene, children, and grandchildren.
May Father Rachko's memory be eternal!
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