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John R. Sassaman, 55, husband of Marybeth (Taylor) Sassaman of Gilbertsville, passed away on Wednesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Hazelton, he was a son of the late Marion (Boyle) Sassaman, and the late James Sassaman.

He was a 1975 graduate of Pottstown High School. John had been formerly employed as a machinist for 14 years at Doehler-Jarvis before their plant closed in 2001, and he was currently employed as a sales associate at the Walmart in Bechtelsville. He was a huge University of Notre Dame fan and enthusiast, and he really enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his daughter; Megan Geise, wife of Brian, of Gilbertsville, his granddaughters; Shannon and Delaney Geise, both of Gilbertsville, his brother; James Sassaman, husband of Diane, of Conshohocken, his former sister-in-law; Dana Sassaman, of Exeter, and his nephews; Len Sassaman, of Belgium, and Calvin Sassaman, of Boyertown. Along with his parents, John was also preceded in death by his brother; the late Francis Sassaman.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday at 11:30 AM with Reverend Father Marty Kern officiating, at Saint Columbkill R.C. Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown, Pa., 19512. Burial will be held privately by his family at a later date. Visitation will be on Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:15 AM at the church.

The family has respectfully requested that all flowers be omitted, and that memorial donations in his name be made to Saint Francis Academy, 668 Pine Street, Bally, Pa., 19503.

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