John and Barbara Miclea
John Miclea (93) was born in Toronto to John and Anna Miclea in 1929. He was joined in marriage to Barbara on August 7th, 1954 and celebrated 62 years of marriage before she passed away in 2016. He was preceded in death by both parents, sisters Maria Ulita, Elizabeth (Dominic) Deluce, Victoria (Herbert) Benefield, Ann Drake, and brother George (Velma) Miclea. John graduated Toronto High School in 1946 and was soon employed by Follansbee Steel. He then transferred to Weirton Steel where he rose through the bricklayer ranks to become shift foreman responsible for over 240 bricklayers and laborers. John worked at Weirton Steel for over 42 years. He was awarded the highest ever cash payment at that time in Weirton for a brick laying idea that saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. With that IFI (Ideas for Improvement) he bought a travel trailer which gave the family the opportunity to travel the United States. The family made it to over 40 states before the trailer was sold. That’s when gas was $0.25 per gallon and cars cost $3,000.
John was very active in the Masonic Lodge 583 in Toronto and just recently received his 60 year award. He was also an advisor for the DeMolay chapter in Toronto.
John was the Toronto city Food Service Inspector for over 25 years.
He taught bricklaying classes to apprentice bricklayers at the Half Moon Weirton Steel Training Center.
He attended The College of Steubenville where he studied secondary education and mathematics. He had a dream of becoming a high school math teacher.
John leaves behind three sons: Phil (Patti), Al (Venishia),and Jeff Miclea, three grandchildren Monica(Tomasso) Valerio, JJ (Gina) Miclea, and Richard(Ashley) Miclea and three great grandchildren ( Amara, Anthony, and Wyatt).
Visitation Hours for John will be held 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Saturday, April 9th at the Clarke Funeral Home, Toronto with Masonic services by Toronto Masonic Lodge No. 583 starting 11 AM Saturday.
A celebration service of John’s life will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday at the funeral home with the Reverend Kevin Rinkes officiating. Interment will follow at the Toronto Union Cemetery.
Special thanks to Laurels of Carson City and Elara Hospice.
Donations can go to the First United Methodist church in Toronto where John was a member. P.O. Box 345, Toronto, OH 43964.
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First United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 345, Toronto OH 43964