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St. Richard Catholic Church
Saturday April 17th, 2021
12:15pm - 1:00pm

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St. Richard Catholic Church
Saturday April 17th, 2021

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John T. Vaculik

John T. Vaculik, age 82, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Thursday, April 8, 2021, at The University of Toledo Medical Center. He was born June 22, 1938 in Blissfield, Michigan to Joseph and Catherine (Hornacek) Vaculik. John was a 1957 graduate of St. Mary's School in Assumption. He married Donna Barden on February 6, 1960, and together they raised 4 children.

Since 1962, John has lived on the St. Richard's Campus and was the head school and church custodian. He was very active with Sullivans Crew cooking chicken on open BBQ pits for several church festivals and other events within the community. John drove the pace car at Raceway Park and for the local Fulton County Fair Circuit for several years. He had several hobbies which included hunting, ice fishing, and above all cooking. Food was his love language. He loved his family and his grandchildren and looked forward to time spent with them camping and having family picnics. He spent thousands of hours volunteering his services for those in need. John always had time for friends, family and strangers alike.

John is survived by his sons, Todd (Lori) Vaculik and Eric (Dawn) Vaculik; son-in-law, Brian Hildebrand; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Vivian Meleski, Helen (Larry) Hesterman, Lydia Robertson and Judy (Dave) Frey; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his beloved wife, Donna, John was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Katie Vaculik, son, Greg Vaculik; daughter, Cindy Hildebrand; great-granddaughters, Hayley Mae and Hayden Jean Segrist; brothers, Joe, Frank and Ed Vaculik; sister, Bessie and brother-in-law, Ken Robertson.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 17th from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, where services for John will begin at 1:00 p.m., with Fr. Eric Culler presiding. Interment will follow at St. Richard's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association.

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Dear John was the most fun and always upbeat and positive. We're so sorry to hear of his passing and send our deepest sympathy to his family. Treasure your happy memories.

Barb & Charlie Guess Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM

I went to school with John. We were friends and always had a good time. I remember their Halloween parties. Great fun. Sympathies to Todd and Eric and the rest of the family. Paul and Janice Noe

Paul and Janice Noe Apr 14 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you Patti

Dawn Vaculik Apr 14 2021 12:00 AM

John you and I together at St. Mary's Assumption....what a team we made...
You were my best friend. Thanks for the memories. Then and through the years.
Mike Herr

Michael Herr Apr 12 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of John's passing. Our sincerest condolences to Eric and Dawn and the entire Vaculik family. Many good times shared with John and Donna back when we shared family; I will always treasure those. Thank you for sharing your family with mine.

Patti White (Wilson) Masales Apr 12 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Vaculik

Helena Carman Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

john and his posse nolan and charlie bear were a gang of mushroom thieves . great man john would do anything for you , i remember the time he recieved a deer from someone and the warden asked him where he got it he squeeled like a canary cost us both 200.00 what great memories, thanks john

rick szmanowski Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

I baby sat for John & Donna in the summer of 1971. We rented a home on Co.Rd. H from them in the summer of 1977. John & Donna were very good to me. So sorry for your loss.

Deb Otermat Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you for sharing that story! I had almost forgotten about that. He was telling us grandkids how he was going to go to jail and how he was going to defend himself without a lawyer. He just had so much fun with us over that.

Katie Segrist Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

Hi Helena. I'm his granddaughter, Cindy (my mom) always used to go up there for him. My mom unfortunately passed away last July 2020 from an unexpected stroke. I remember him always going up to get the paper and his smokes. He sure enjoyed all the chats and fresh coffee from you all. Thank you for showing him love and friendship!

Katie Segrist Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

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