John E. "Slugger" Golba

August 20, 1943 ~ May 19, 2021 (age 77)


John E. “Slugger” Golba, 77, Lucernemines died May 19, 2021 at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.  He was the son of the late Peter A. and Margaret E. Golba and was born August 20, 1943 in Indiana, PA.  

John was a devout catholic and a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.  He was also a member of the the Homer City American Legion Post #493 and the Homer City Club Savoy.  

John retired from Penelec in 1998 and after his retirement enjoyed delivering auto parts for A & G Auto.

He was a phenomenal baseball player and was a minor league draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies.  John was a loving and devoted father and grandfather as well as a kind and mild mannered man.  He enjoyed going to the Casino in West Virginia, wildlife and supporting his daughters high school sporting events. He was their biggest fan.  

His interests included baseball, watching the Pirates, golf, and spending time with his daughters and six grandchildren.  He was an avid player of the daily lottery and scratch off tickets.

John was an Army Veteran, Rifle Marksman and Carbine expert.  He received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Marksman Badge with Missile Bar.

He is survived by his two daughters, Maureen and her husband, Bernard V. Conway, III, of Johnstown; and Marbeth and her husband, Vince T. Truscello, of Greensburg; and six grandchildren, Ian, Delaney, Aidan and Reagan, of Johnstown and Gianna and Maleena, of Greensburg.

In addition to his parents, Peter and Margaret Golba, he was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony “Toby” Golba and his grandson, Evan Q. Conway.

Friends will be received Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 2 to 6 PM at Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Homer City.  A Blessing Service will be held at the funeral home, Monday, May 24 at 9:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at the Our Lady of Assumption Parish, Lucernemines Site.  Interment to follow in the St Louis Cemetery.

A special thank you to the staff at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - ICU and Palliative Care Units for their kindness, compassion and upstanding care during his illness. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Legion in Homer City and/or Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - Palliative Care Unit


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May 23, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Inc.
4606 Old US HWY 119 South
Homer City, PA 15748

Blessing Service
May 24, 2021

9:30 AM
C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Inc.
4606 Old US HWY 119 South
Homer City, PA 15748

Mass of Christian Burial
May 24, 2021

10:00 AM
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Lucernemines Site
Lucerne Road
Lucernemines, Pennsylvania 15748

Interment following funeral service
May 24, 2021

St Louis Cemetery


Homer City American Legion
79 Mullen Avenue, Homer City PA 15748
Tel: 1-724-479-9494

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center-Palliative Care
320 Main Street, Johnstown PA 15901
Tel: 1-814-534-9000

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