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Earl "Jack" Fonner

Earl “Jack” Fonner, 92 of Scenery Hill, went to his heavenly Father as he passed away peacefully Friday, February 26, 2021, at Cambridge Creekside Senior Living.

He was born September 24, 1928, in Youngstown Ohio, a son of the late Earl Ross and Jane Myers Fonner.

Jack joined the United States Army Air Force in 1946 and was discharged as a Sergeant as a certified radio repairman, and a 40-year member of the American Legion Post 705. In his early days, he was a custom farmer, drove a school bus, was a heavy equipment operator, and served as a Supervisor for North Bethlehem Twp. for many years. Jack was a retired rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring at the age of 70. During his retirement he took care of Scenery Hill Cemetery until the age of 86. He enjoyed farming and raising beef cattle. Known for his firm handshake grip, Jack loved to sit on his front porch swing singing his favorite songs while enjoying his tea and Werther’s. Jack also enjoyed, watching his grandchildren play sports, Pittsburgh Pirate games, family get-togethers, & listening to gospel music. He was a member of Scenery Hill United Methodist Church, where he was often called upon to sing solos or duets with his wife, there & at other area churches, and weddings.

On September 15, 1955, he married Shirley Ann Rager. They shared 61 years of marriage until her death on March 4, 2017.

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-laws Cindy (Jack) Cramer of Bentleyville, Jackie Gibson of Scenery Hill, Sally (Rod) Morrison of Bentleyville, Melissa (Dan) Marchitello of Bentleyville and Leanna (Leonard) Johns of Scenery Hill; 13 grandchildren, Leaeryn Moore, Josh Barker, Kristen Rockey, Lindsey Bertin, Samantha Morrison, Kylie Zmijowski, Jessica Cramer, Mackenzie Marchitello, Parker Morrison, Hannah Hustava, Leyton Hustava, Paige Johns, and Leonard Johns; 12 great-grandchildren, Noah, Avery, Jordan, Emma, Aiden, Harli, Calli, Mila, Jordyn, JR, Theo, Knoxley, and Monroe; and cousin who was raised as a sister to him, E. Aldene Cox. Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife Shirley, a sister Dorothy Martell, an infant brother Robert Fonner, son-in-law David Gibson, and granddaughter Sara Morrison.

At the request of the family, a private visitation and burial will be held. A public memorial service will take place at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Center in the Woods Adult Day Care, California c/o Mary Beth Barreca, 130 Woodland Ct., Brownsville, PA 15417-9383 and the Scenery Hill United Methodist Church, 856 Spring Valley Rd. Scenery Hill, PA 15360.

Arrangements were entrusted to his grandson Marc J. Zmijowski F.D. of Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes, Inc., 405 Main Street, Bentleyville.


To the Fonner family-please accept our deepest sympathy. May God comfort you in the days to come.

Dave & Janet Duvall Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM

My sympathy and prayers go out to the Fonner family. Even though I have only met you a few times Jack you sure made me smile and laugh! As Im sure you have done with your whole family! RIP Jack.

Laura Cumberledge Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM