John J. Aloi

February 19, 1947 ‒ July 24, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

John J. Aloi, 68, of Delaware and formerly of southwest Pennsylvania, passed away Friday morning, July 24, 2015 at the Willow Brook Christian Village in Delaware after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

He was born on February 19, 1947, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania the son of the late Samuel H. Aloi Sr. and Catherine Aloi of Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

On August 16, 1969, he married Judith A. Lakits at the St. Malachy Church in Kennedy Twp., PA.  John was a fantastic husband and their marriage was a testament to the vows they shared nearly 46 years ago.

John had a gift as an educator. He studied special education at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.  For over 20 years he took great pride in teaching the gifted and talented students at David E. Williams Middle School in the Montour School District.  What helped John and his strive to continually become a better teacher was his willingness to learn from his students.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that John would read anything he got his hands on and his ability to retain information amazed even his gifted and talented students.

His teaching did not stop in the classroom.  John was a lifelong Boy Scout and as an adult became a Scoutmaster; teaching numerous boys and young men, including his own sons, the necessary skills to move through the ranks.  While he wasn’t a hunter or fisherman, he did love camping, the outdoors, and the challenges of mastering new wilderness skills.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother Catherine; his wife Judy of Delaware and their three children, David J. Aloi and his wife Lisa of Sylvania, Ohio, Emily D’Amore and her husband Kenneth of Delaware, Ohio, and Daniel J. Aloi and his wife Michelle of Galena, Ohio; five grandchildren, Nathan and Morgan, Mason, and Payton and Paige; five siblings, Christine Aquino of Hopewell, PA, Marie Panutsos and her husband Tom of Economy Twp., PA, Nancy Aloi of Bridgeville,PA, Samuel H. Aloi, Jr. and his wife Jan, and Cathy Bires and her husband Bob of Baden, PA.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio.  A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial with Father David Sizemore officiating will take place at the St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9633 State Route 37 East, Sunbury, Ohio 43074 on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.  Burial of cremains will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Lewis Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 6500 Busch Blvd., Suite 210, Columbus, OH 43229-1728 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.

DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to handle the arrangements for Mr Aloi.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

  • Our condolences and all of our best to Aunt Judy and the Alois. Uncle John was a wonderful man and we will miss him.
    – Mike Black & Family

  • John and I have been close friends since Ambridge High School. He was probably the kindest, gentlest person I have ever known. He introduced me to the girl who would become my wife, and who is the sister of the girl John married. We have had close family ties for decades. John will be dearly missed by all who have known him. Diane and I send our heartfelt condolences to Judy and all of John’s family.

    Darrel and Diane Black

  • I taught school at Montour for many years and knew John. He was a joy to know and I was very sorry to read of his passing. Thinking of you all and sending love and heartfelt sympathy. May God bless you all and comfort you.

    Love, Charla and Paul Rots, Spartanburg, SC

  • John was a special friend and educator. He truly transformed the middle school GATE program at Montour. John not only helped the students with information, he taught them manners and sportsmanship. He also was instramental in promoting the national academic games program.

    Once in Ohio our contact was lessened but he was always in our prayers and we talked about him regularly. We were blessed to have known him! I’m sure that he will be waiting for us with his infectious smile.

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
    Tom & Linda Kilian

  • It was my pleasure to have known John as a Montour colleague. I have many fond memories of having trailer classrooms across the hall from one another. John’s humor never failed to make a bad situation better, and I witnessed first hand how much his students enjoyed their time with him.

  • I have known John and Judy since College, and then teaching at Montour. He was
    a kind, talented, and compassionate person. It is sad to lose him, but this terrible disease is finally over for him. Prayers for him and his family.

  • To my Aloi family. I’m sending these condolences with a heavy heart. I often think of the good old days when Dad would load all six of us kids,and Mom too,for a trip to go see Uncle Sammy. As a kid that drive felt like it took forever, but when we finally got there we had so much fun. Thank you for those memories,they are true gifts. Love you all.

  • Joyce and I send our deepest sympathy. John was a great guy and a good friend, one of the best Scouters I have known. I am proud to have called him my friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family

  • Rest in peace, John. We loved you and will always remember you as a most caring & considerate man.

    Joyce & Carl Loebig

  • To the Aloi family,

    I am sending these condolences with sadness in my heart. He was not only a great friend, but a teacher and my mentor. Still today I always think about the great memories I have of all of the Boy Scouts camping trips, meetings and all of the District events that we did together. Especially the campfire and stories that always made everyone laugh so hard. Troop 905 just would not have been as fun without John and the chemistry that we all had together was second to none.

    I have learned so much from John and the great time we had together and I know for sure that he was a great family man and he cared about everyone. Judy, I am praying for you and the family during these difficult times. He will live on in our memories forever.


  • My condolences to ALOI family he was a friend long ago plus a class mate. My prayers go to the family.

    • Tom, your condolences were greatly appreciated. It brought back many fond memories.
      Sincerely, Judy Alpi

  • So sorry about the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Our sincere sympathy to Judy and her family. John made going to watch the boys play in the West Allegheny high school soccer games that much more fun with his interest in the boys and in all of our lives. He always asked about events and happenings that we were involved with and his interest was genuine. He truly was a caring man and conversation with him was a joy. He will be missed. God’s blessings upon John and Judy, their children, and family.

    Love and Prayers,
    MaryBeth, Matt, Brad, and Doug Kramer

  • Our condolences to the ALOI family. I taught with John at Montour and enjoyed his companionship, professionalism and enthusiasm. Our family was also delighted that John taught our one son and interacted through the GATE program with another. He was a kind and loving person. John was truly a valued asset to the education of our community. God grant him eternal happiness.

    Jake and Marybeth McCutcheon and Family

  • Our condolences to the ALOI family. I taught with John at Montour and enjoyed his companionship, professionalism and enthusiasm. Our family was also delighted that John taught our one son and interacted through the GATE program with another. He was a kind and loving person. John was truly a valued asset to the education of our community. God grant him eternal happiness.
    Jake and Marybeth McCutcheon

  • John was a great upbeat person. I never heard him speak poorly of anyone. I hope he didn’t suffer too much before he died. He will surely be missed by your family. He left a legacy to his many students.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who’s life was touched by John J. Aloi. May you take comfort in the wonderful memories of joyful times you each shared together. Trust in God for he says “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” John 5:28, 29

  • John and I were in the same Boy Scout Woodbadge patrol. He will be missed by all of us Eagles who worked so hard to make the program for all young men more meaningful and fulfilling. May the great Scoutmaster of all good Scouts and Scouters hold John and his loved ones in His hand.

    • Mary Beth & family,
      Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate them.
      Judy Aloi