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John T. Sowada

July 13, 1930 October 21, 2019
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John T. Sowada, 89, of Hyde Park, passed away October 21, 2019 at the Eleanor Nursing Center. Mr. Sowada lived for a time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Haines City, Florida.Born July 13, 1930 in Yonkers, he was the son of the late Alfons R. and Helen Ruckaberle Sowada.John proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.A graduate of Cornell University, he worked for IBM for many years until his retirement.Mr. Sowada enjoyed scuba diving, camping, and travelling with his wife, Doris. They traveled across the United States for 3 months, pulling a large RV. They frequently visited family in England, Scotland and the Canary Islands. Once, on a church pilgrimage to Rome, they even met the Pope!He also played the bagpipes and was a former member of the Amerscot Pipe Band.John's faith was important to him. He was a communicant of Regina Coeli Church in Hyde Park and a member of the Knights of Columbus in New York, South Carolina, and Florida, where he served as an officer.His marriage to his first wife, the former Norma Middleton (deceased), ended and a few years later he met and married the former Doris King on November 24, 1984 at Holy Trinity Church, Poughkeepsie. Doris predeceased him on June 20, 2019.John is survived by his five children, Jane Schmitt, Barbara St. Claire, Robert Sowada, Martin Sowada, Kristin Yanez and their families.He is also survived by Doris's children, Valli, David, Vivien, Vaun, and their families.In addition to his first and second wife, John was also predeceased by his daughter, Susan Sowada.In keeping with John's wishes, there will be no calling hours, and cremation has taken place. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, October 31st at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park.Burial of his ashes with military honors will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans. ( are under the direction of Sweet's Funeral Home, Hyde Park. For directions or to send an online condolence please visit

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10:00 AM 10/31/2019 10:00:00 AM
Regina Coeli Church

2 Harvey Street
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Regina Coeli Church
2 Harvey Street Hyde Park 12538 NY
United States

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St. Peter's Cemetery Final Resting Place

171 Salt Point Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

171 Salt Point Turnpike Poughkeepsie 12603 NY
United States

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Disabled American Veterans

344 W. Genesee
Syracuse, NY

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