John William Sabinski

January 22, 1944 - March 21, 2015

01/22/1944 - 03/21/2015

Sabinski. John W. “Sab”, 71, of Bethesda, OH died March 21, 2015 at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, WV.

John was born January 22, 1944 in Bellaire, Ohio a son of the late Stanley Sabinski and Grace “Eileen” Wiley Sabinski Smelko.

He was retired from North American Coal Company, a member of the American Legion Epworth Post # 90 and VFW Post #9712 both of Bethesda, OH, Masonic Lodge Ionic #438 F & AM Bellaire, OH, a Navy Veteran and a Christian by faith.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his step-Father, Emil Smelko and a grandson Gavin Sabinski.

Surviving are his companion, Shawn Keller, two sons, John Kamy Sabinski of Belmont. OH, James Keri Sabinski of Plain City, OH, two brothers, Alan Sabinski of California and William “Bill” Smelko of Grove City, OH, 2 Sisters, Paula Don Giffin and Penny DanFrizzi all of Bellaire, OH, The mother of his sons Patti Sabinski of Bridgeport, OH, 3 grandsons, Josh, Jordon and Johnny Sabinski.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday from 4-8pm at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 441 37th Street, Bellaire, Ohio where funeral services will be held at noon Thursday with Rev. David Demarest officiating.

Burial follows in Greenwood Cemetery, Bellaire, OH.

Masonic services will be held at 7pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Belmont County Veterans Association will conduct graveside services .

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8 years ago

At such a young age I met my great uncle John so I don’t remember too much. but may he rest in peace. I pray for everyone who lost this mine in their present life but we await paradise and will soon be reunited with our family and loved ones take care.

Jodi Smelko-Schneider
8 years ago

I am so sorry for the loss of Uncle John. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow. Love and Prayers, Jodi, Chris, Elizabeth, Olivia, Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary, Jennifer, Bill, Jacob, Jenna, Elizabeth, Doug, William, Jillian, and Mollly

Trudy Phillips Solomon
8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about John. We went through school together and had some fun times. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Bill Kreiter
8 years ago

I was sorry to hear of John’s passing. We were neighbors on Noble Street and I was a teammate with John on the BHS track and cross country teams. My prayers are with John’s family.

Bill Kreiter

Art Piatt
8 years ago

John was a good man and a friend that I will miss. We shared a lot over the years and I am very pleased to see the same attributes in his sons, John and Jim. God be with you all.


Barbara Rush
8 years ago

John will be missed at our North American Coal Reunions! He was always the first one to make his reservation & enjoyed being with his old friends. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

diane fowler corbett
8 years ago

Johnny was not only my classmate from grade school through graduation, but he was a neighbor. As kids we played together, along with lots of other neighbor kids. Good memories.

My condolences to his family.

Diane Fowler Corbett

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
8 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of John William Sabinski, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of….. US Navy Veteran, John William Sabinski, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Bob F. Schmidt
8 years ago

My deepest condolences to John’s family. He will be sadly missed.

Judith E Jeffers
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of John. We went to Gravel Hill School together. I also remember seeing and talking with him at the 50th reunion.

Jeff and Marti Blumling
8 years ago

Sab,Kami our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The Blumlings.

Gayle Elmer
8 years ago

Sending you our thoughts and prayers and all our love.

Gram & Auntie Gayle

Linda Frye Ullom
8 years ago

Sorry to hear about John. We went to Gravel Hill together and all through school. He was always a character.

Sam Hanasky
8 years ago

Sorry to hear that John died, I worked with John and was with him socially many times, we had many good times, may he rest in peace.

Diane Martinek Engstrom
8 years ago

We shared memories at our 50th reunion. He was such a funny guy and made me laugh. Anchors Away my friend. May you rest in peace.

Ron and Linda Wilke
8 years ago

we will miss our good friend, may he rest in peace, he will always be in our memories. Prays go out to his Family and Shawn. The Wilke Family

Lynda & Cliff, Jenni, Grady and Leland
8 years ago

We’re thinking of you as you go through this difficult time and you will remain in our thoughts and prayers. So deeply sorry for your loss. Sending our love.