John W. Mackalonis

John W. "Mackie" MackalonisJohn W. “Mackie” Mackalonis, 81 of Shenandoah Heights passed away early Thursday morning, May 14, 2020.

Born in Shenandoah on October 8, 1938 he was the son of the late Vincent and Helen (Paulaconis) Mackalonis.

He was a 1956 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

John was a US veteran having served his country in the Navy; he was honorably discharged on September 4, 1959.

Earlier in life, John worked for Capital Records and American Can Corp. in New Jersey.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed for fifteen years at the former St. Jude Polymer Corp., Frackville.

John was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and Penn State Football.

Surviving are his sister, Justine Dillard of Hernando, Florida; three nieces, Barbara Louk of Florida, Beverly Dillard of Florida and Brenda McCullough of Virginia; and caregiver and friend, Steve Babinchak of New Boston.

US FlagA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Divine Mercy Church with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant and interment in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights will be private at the convenience of the family.

Expressions of sympathy can be made in John’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.  To leave a condolence for John’s family, please visit

John W. Mackalonis Has One Condolence Posted:


    I have fond memories of John “Mackie” Mackalonis, (Number 44) my big cousin, who scored the winning touchdown against the Shenandoah Blue Devils in his senior year for the West Mahanoy Township Rams. I also watched him play basketball and every time I went on the court at West Mahanoy Township thereafter, I’d look at the two doors under the basket where Mackie went through the panes while executing a high -speed layup. Jackie, as his Uncle John and Aunt Ann (my parents) always called him, taught me how to drive when my father pretty much gave up on me……. And he put up with me during summer vacation on several occasions…… always making me feel like I belonged, even though all his friends that congregated up on Felix Staskell’s corner and at the Grimes home were much older than me. I also started playing the trumpet because of him and now my 12 year old Grandson Michael, who is principal trumpet with Charlottsville Youth Symphony Orchestra is now playing my 70 year old ( MADE IN USA! !) Martin trumpet. THANKS MACKIE!!!!! And you should hear how Michael plays (check in on him sometime).
    My regret, is my failure to not stay close and only now think of all the kindness Jackie bestowed on me throughout the years. Too little, too late………my fault.
    Fortunately, my parents always stayed in touch with him and they thought the world of him. Mackie would always help my parents and my family. He never hesitated or had an excuse. It’s how he was.
    Mackie even helped my gout!!!! I never knew of Indocin until one time when I was home on leave and developed gout, Mackie didn’t even hesitate to bring Indocin to me since I never heard of it. IT WORKED!!! To this day, whenever I need Indocin, I think of him. Him always helping was just kinda automatic. And the me’s of the world benefited from his thoughtful consideration. Thank you for your many kindnesses Mackie.

    Sailor to Sailor…………May God hold you in the hallow of His hand and provide “Fair winds and following seas for you throughout eternity….. From your now old Sailor cousin and his Globetrotting first mate,
    Jack Paulikonis & wife Vivian
    Middletown, Va.

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