John E. Ewonce 

May 09, 1963 - February 03, 2022

Visitation: Sunday, February 6, 2022, 1-5 pm & Monday, February 7, 2022, 9-10:15 am; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry

Service: Monday, February 7, 2022, 11 am; St. Kilian Church

John E. Ewonce
Age 58, of Adams Township, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 3, 2022 surrounded by his loved ones. Born May 9, 1963, son of the late Edward Charles and Diane (Houlihan) Ewonce. Beloved husband of Tara Lee (Wanchock) Ewonce, whom he married on November 28, 1998; loving father of Caitlin Marie, and Edward Ewonce; brother of Cheryl (Tom) Diehl, Kathleen Ewonce, and Tara (Scott) Moore; son-in-law of Fred and Gloria Wanchock; and brother in law of Kristan (Mike) Alam. John is also survived by many loving relatives, nieces, a nephew, and friends who will all miss him dearly.

He had fought a courageous battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, but in the end, it proved too much to battle. John had many lovely care-givers and appreciated their support.

Born May 9, 1963, John grew up in outside of Pittsburgh as the only brother of the four siblings. He played football, the trombone and baseball at Montour High School. He went to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in business and finance. Not surprisingly John started out in the beer business working for Coors and as a DJ for the beer promotional parties.

John spent much of his professional career in medical sales. He was most recently the Vice President of Product and Business Development at Xodus Medical. Prior to Xodus, John was the Regional Vice President at Medline Industries. John’s career was blessed with incredible peers and mentors. John was also admired a great deal and was a tremendous mentor to many.

John’s wife, best friend and soul mate, Tara, wed at Our Lady of Peace on November 28, 1998. John and Tara enjoyed travelling, hosting get togethers and actively participating in all things family. The Ewonce house – from Adare Court, to Majestic Drive to Torrey Pine Drive – has always been a friend and family sanctuary. John was always ready to greet you with a beer or sit and watch Family Feud. John’s heart never knew a stranger, he was a dear friend to so many. His love for Tara was unwavering. John was so thankful for the care-giving Tara provided during his ALS fight.

John was a devoted father to Caitlin (aka Munch), Edward and Baxter (Rat Dog). He spent years as a Dance Dad (aka Prop Daddy), cheering for years as a Cheerleader Dad and lovingly dedicated Girl Dad to Caitlin. John could also be seen on the sidelines of Ironman Football games, Saint Kilian Parish School and North Catholic Soccer games celebrating his dear Edward. John was incredibly proud of Caitlin’s dedication to become a nursing professional. And, Edward’s commitment to West Virginia University recently was a source of great pride for John. He could also be seen at North Catholic Trojan football home games as the spotter in the press booth.

All that knew John will not be surprised to learn that February 3 is known as the day the music died because of Buddy Holly’s death. John’s love of music and his country were always visible for the annual Ewonce Fourth of July party (and every other day of the year really).

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday from 1-5 p.m., and again Monday from 9-10:15 a.m. at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Kilian Church, officiated by Reverend Charles Bober.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John’s name to the Cranberry CUP. John was an avid supporter of local business and was very proud to be associated with Saint Kilian Parish School and North Catholic High School and donations can be made to these institutions as well.

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  • Denise Spangler

    We are so sorry to hear about John’s passing and our prayers
    are with you, Tara, Caitlin, and Edward that peace will comfort you in this time of loss. I will always remember John’s great sense of humor and fun loving
    spirit. God bless your family.

    Denise, Alexa, and Brett Spangler

  • Bernard beamon

    My deepest sympathy for the family. John was my friend and brother. I will miss him.

  • Tim and Donna Simpson

    Dear Tara and family, We were so sad to hear about John’s passing. He was a funny, caring person that could always make us smile. We were fortunate to have known him. Sending our prayers to you.

  • Andrea M. Kimbrough and Shatori Walker Kimbrough

    To the Family of John Ewonce
    Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t cure… The Bible says, to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.. Please accept my deepest condolences and prayers on the passing of John… I pray that JESUS will wrap his loving arms around you Tara, Caitlin and Edward and his extended family and friends until you see your precious love one again… Shatori and I love you all dearly….. Andrea Kimbrough

  • Dean and Jodi Lomago

    Tara and kids,
    We are sorry to hear of Johns passing!!! You and your family are in our prayers. May John rest in peace!!

  • Ann Denninger

    Dear Tara, Caitlin and Edward, you have our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you. God bless you all! The Denninger Family, Joe, Ann & Matthew (North Catholic soccer friends)

  • David W. Michalski

    Dear John Ewonce Family,
    I am saddened by the news of John’s passing. I knew John as a fine young man when I worked with John’s Dad (Ed) another man I’ll never forget. Our thoughts and prayers are with Johns family at this time. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Donna Phillips-Hurd

    Tara. We are sending our prayers to you and your family. Donna Phillips Hurd and Steven Hurd.

  • Tai Hastie

    Tara and kids ,
    I’m so sorry for your loss! John was definitely one of a kind . He will truly be missed ! I only knew him for about 7 months or so from being his care giver , but even though I was the one caring for him , there were many times he would ask me how I’m doing or feeling ! We had lots of good laughs and I’ll never forget that ! May you Rest In Peace! And I pray for comfort and strength for Tara and the children!

  • Lauren Heinle

    My family and I are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Mr. Ewonce was loved by everyone he met. We are all praying for you and sending so much love. Xoxo

  • Edward R and Janet Trbovich

    Dear Tara, thank you so much for taking care of John. You are to be commended for the great care and being with John every step of the way. As you know we are in Florida, but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He is at peace now and with his mom and day.
    God Bless Uncle Ed and Aunt Janet

  • Dominick Heinle

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Mr. Ewonce was an incredible man, and I’ll always remember him for his laugh, his amazing 4th of July parties, and never being seen without a smile on his face. All of you are seen by me and so many other people as family, now and forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  • Marilee Lelak

    Very sorry for your loss, Tara and family!. We knew this was coming but it doesn’t make it any easier. I often think of what John had to endure with this awful disease and I know having such a loving family around him helped him cope! John was always fun to talk to because you never knew what he was going to say. And usually it was something surprising. It was evident how much he loved his family. He supported his kids by being totally involved in their activities. You could tell how proud of them he was. He had his ideas of what he believed in and never was afraid to tell you. He was a man of conviction but also would talk and socialize with everyone. I hate hearing about anyone having ALS and John was no exception. Now he is without pain and suffering and all the disabilities which is God’s blessing to him and a comfort to all who knew him. Rest In Peace now, John!

  • Trisha Crombie

    Tara, I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss. I know how close you all were and how much love you all shared. John will never leave any of you. He is right where he always was – in your heart.

  • Trish Hughes-Rodrigurs

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great friend at The Boro. I knew him in band and as a Sig Nu. He will be greatly missed

  • Dave & Alice Thomson

    Sending prayers and Love.
    So sorry for this terrible loss. John was such an outstanding Person. May God carry you through as only he can.

    Love & Peace 💔

    Dave, Alice & David Thomson

  • Mark Bitzer

    Godspeed John. You will be missed. Prayers for the entire Ewonce Family. Rest in the fact that he is at peace, cherish the fond memories. Rock on John!!!


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