John Vargo

Born: 09/15/1926 Passed:

John Vargo, 92, passed away peacefully on Jan 6, 2019. His parents, John and Eva Vargo, immigrated to the United States from Hungary in the 1920s. They were fortunate that it was a time when America welcomed the diversity of immigrants with open arms. John was very proud to be the first generation born in the United States of America.

John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a watch foreman during World War II. After the war he found his lifelong job at Ohio Bell, and that’s where he met his beautiful wife, Julianne (Julie). They resided in Silver Lake for many years. John retired early so he and Julie could travel the world and spend winters in Florida.

Coming from a very poor background John was inspired to help younger generations better their lives. He loved the outdoors and camping so it was only natural that he became a Boy Scout leader. He was a mentor in the Junior Achievement program. His passion for gardening led him to teach children the art of gardening at the Stow Community Garden.

John believed in healthy living. He was an avid runner and participated in 10K races well into his 70s.

Most recently he enjoyed being the blackjack dealer and moderator of the weekly Current Events with John program for the Village of St. Edward. He loved standing in front of a crowd with mic in hand! But what he loved most of all was quietly sitting next to Julie holding hands for hours on end.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Julianne, daughter, Michele Vargo, and many friends who will forever miss his quick wit, kindness and generosity.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on February 5, 2019, in the St. Edward Chapel at the Village of St. Edward 3131 Smith Rd., Fairlawn, OH with Father David Novak officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service. Private interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Those wishing to honor his memory are encouraged to consider a donation to the American Heart Association. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society


1 Tribute to John Vargo

  1. Kathryn Speicher Zamrzla says:

    Shelley and Mrs. Vargo – I’m so sorry to see that Mr. Vargo has passed away. It was a pleasure knowing him from so long ago, and I appreciated his sense of humor, although Shelley and I were so young. Mr. Vargo had such a great laugh. I truly believe that my parents enjoyed all of their time with your family, and our travels and visits are one of my favorite memories from my childhood.

    Both of my parents are now gone as well, Dad in August of 2019 and Mom in May of 2020.

    May your days be blessed with wonderful memories of John/your Dad.

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