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Monday, June 18, 2012 1:53 PM

April 18, 1932

June 13, 2012


John Joseph Lubrano, 80, of Vineland, N.J., and Sarasota, Fla., died Wednesday in Sarasota after a brief illness.

He was born April 18, 1932, in Woodbury, N.J., to Anthony and Katherine (Conway) Lubrano, who preceded him in death.

He married Norlynne Grewe, who survives in Vineland.

Survivors also include sister- and brother-in-law, Lonna and Greg Miller of Delphos; nephews, Troy (Marcy) Miller of Miamisburg; four nieces, Denise Griffin of Moorestown, N.J., Laurie Lubrano of Mt. Laurel, N.J., Kathy Sherman of Thorton, Pa., and Jeanine Ingraham of Exton, Pa.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Nicandro Lubrano; and a sister, Dorothy Lubrano.

Mr. Lubrano worked for 20-plus years at the Vineland Times Journal, where he met his wife, and as a typesetter, single-handedly put out the newspaper for several days while it was being converted from hot type to cold type in the mid-1960s. He was known by colleagues as the fastest typist around. He also worked for several years  at the paper’s satellite paper, The Hammonton News. Later office manager at U.S. Steno, a court-reporting agency in South Jersey and personally transcribed thousands of pages of legal copy, including many hearings for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. In retirement, he worked part-time for the Atlantic County Weekly Newspaper Group, five weekly papers in South Jersey edited by his wife.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a 46-year member of Sacred Heart Church, Vineland, and attended St. Martha’s Church in Sarasota, the official U.S. Circus Church. He graduated from Paulsboro High School and Popkin School of Court Reporting, Cherry Hill, and attended Glassboro State Teachers College (now Rowan University), all in South Jersey.

He was a loyal friend, loved life and family, was fun-loving and especially liked a good joke. His favorite pastime was basking in the sun and relaxing on the beach. He loved travelling, especially to foreign countries and sunny destinations, making trips to Ohio to visit family and friends. He often talked about his most memorable trip, a visit inside King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. When at home, he liked growing vegetables and flowers and cooking Italian specialties. He also liked to sing and was very artistic.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, the Rev. Dan Borgelt officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a parish wake will begin at 8 p.m. A memorial Mass and celebration of life will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Vineland, at a future date.

Preferred memorials are to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908.


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