John L. Mayer

NIAGARA FALLS – John L. Mayer, age 81, of Niagara Falls, entered into rest March 19th 2013, under the care of his family and Niagara Hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer.

John was born May 24th 1931 in Dunkirk, NY, the son of the late Hattie and Thaddeus Majerowski. After receiving his Masters Degree in Education from SUNY Fredonia in 1953, he married his wife Blanche (Szukala), and moved to Niagara Falls to pursue his career in education.

John was an educator at all levels of elementary school, junior and senior high school classes, and spent time as a school administrator and principal. He taught at virtually all public schools in the Niagara Falls School system at one time or another during his career. His educational endeavors also included many Adult Educational assignments, including time at the Community Vocational Rehabilitation Center towards the end of his career. He held active, part-time teaching assignments until the amazing age of 79.

John was a truly outstanding man who was constantly recognized by former students in the Niagara Falls community while out doing his daily routine. He was a dedicated and loving husband and father who always put his family before himself, holding 2 jobs for most of his career. He worked through the summers teaching summer school, even holding a summer job back in the 1960’s as a “Mr. Frosty” truck driver. He served on the Niagara Falls Board of Appeals and was an active member of the Prince of Peace Church and their ushers club for the past 40 years, attending weekly mass up until his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer in late 2012. John enjoyed gardening, shopping, working around the yard and staying active.

John is survived by his wife, Blanche (Szukala) of Niagara Falls, his two sons, Joseph R. Mayer, wife Cyndy (Elek) and daughter Whitney of Butler PA, and Thomas E. Mayer, wife Michelle (Mills) and Son William of Grand Island NY. John was predeceased by his brother Norbert, sister Martha and parents, all of Dunkirk, NY.

Friends and family can visit at the Lane Funeral Home 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls NY, between 4-8 p.m., on Friday March 22nd.

John will be laid to rest at the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, 500 Riverdale Ave Lewiston, NY.