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John E. Shemanski

June 26, 1935 ~ June 13, 2020 (age 84)

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Naugatuck-John Shemanski, age 84, beloved husband of Shirley (Zelenski) Shemanski, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday June 13, 2020.


Mr. Shemanski was born in Avoca, PA on June 26, 1935, son of the late Henry and Stella (Konopinski) Shemanski.  He was a longtime Naugatuck resident and retired from Peter Paul Hershey after 25 years of service.  John was a talented musician and singer and played for many years with his band in Pennsylvania.  He was an avid builder and carpenter,  a die- hard New York Giants and Boston Red Sox fan, and a member of the Polish American Club.


Besides his wife Shirley, he leaves his daughter Joan Neveski and her husband Harry of Naugatuck; his grandchildren, Samantha and Adam Neveski, and Brandon and Ryan Shemanski; his beloved great grandaughter Chloe Brown; his brothers, Frank Shemanski of Naugatuck, and Chester Shemanski of PA; his sisters, Lillian Bonczek and Ann Tickowski, both of PA, and Dorothy Snopkowski of Naugatuck; and many nieces and nephews.  John was predeceased by his son John Shemanski, Jr.; and his siblings, Joseph and Henry Shemanski, Jr., and Frances Connolly.


The family would like to say a special thank you to the VITAS home hospice care angels who took such incredible care of both John and our family during this very difficult time.


A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck.  Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery.  To send an on-line condolence, please visit  The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Burial to follow
June 17, 2020

St. James Cemetery
Cross Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770

Private Mass of Christian Burial

St. Francis of Assisi Church
318 Church Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770

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