John Babilya, 92, of West Newton, died Saturday, November 28, 2020. He was born April 1, 1928 in Grindstone, a son of the late Onufry and Mary (Carlock) Babilya. Prior to retirement he was employed as a coal miner with Republic Steel, Banning Mine and was on their Mine Rescue Team. He was a member of Holy Family Church, West Newton and its Holy Name Society, the United Mine Workers of America, and the Smithton Sportsmen. John was also a licensed barber. His favorite times were family gatherings, Sunday dinners at Nan and Pap’s house, weekends spent at Raystown Lake and Resort, and trips to Myrtle Beach. Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Ruth (Ferno) Babilya; three children, Diana Fasnacht and husband, James, John T. Babilya and wife, Debora, and Jeff Babilya and wife, Colleen; grandchildren, Maria and Quinn Fasnacht, Chelsea (Alex) Karabin, Ashley Babilya, Denise (Dan) Hughes, Scott (Mara) Babilya, and Michael and Paul Babilya; a great granddaughter, Elyse Karabin; sister, Ann Davoli; brother, Nufrey Babilya and wife, Shirley; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Babilya. Friends will be received 2-4 & 6-8pm Monday at the J. William McCauley, Jr. Funeral Home, 901 Vine St. West Newton. Masks must be worn and social distancing be maintained. The amount of people permitted in the funeral home at once is 40, so please limit your visit out of respect for others. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Tuesday in Holy Family Church, West Newton. Everyone is asked to meet at church. Condolences may be left at http://www.mccauleyfuneralhomes.com
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