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John F. Marostica

June 6, 1951October 5, 2020
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John F. Marostica was born on June 6, 1951 in Austin, Texas and passed away on October 5, 2020 in Austin.

John attended New Braunfels High school, where he was an active participant in the National Thespian Society. He graduated on May 8, 1970. He later pursued higher education at Durham College obtaining a degree in Electronic Technology. He also attended Austin Community College and Southwest Texas University, obtaining degrees in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems and in Business Administration.

John spent much of his work life beginning at Texas Nuclear, and later moving to the Texas Department of Health. That’s not to mention the various businesses he started along the way. In his free time, he loved photography, teaching others computer skills, and helping both neighbors and strangers alike. He was extremely active in both the Austin and the Williamson County Genealogy Societies. These were a passion that he share with his wife Jean.

He married Marye Jean Harr in 1972. Jean played integral part assisting John in the discovery of his birth parents. Jean passed away on March 30, 2019.

John was also preceded in death by his father and mother Paul and Marge Marostica. He was also preceded in death by his birth father and mother as well as two brothers. He is survived by his sister Debbie, his niece Delora and her family. He is also survived by his sister Marie, and brothers Paul, Brooks, Chris, Pat and their families.

John was loved and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.


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cindy foreman

October 20, 2020

John was so compassionate and excited to be involved in genealogy for as long as I knew him which I think was in 2003. He loved being involved, could talk a mile a minute but a good sport for always being helpful and supportive.
I just today learned of his death through a genealogy friend and am sorry to hear of his passing. He loved being a part of Austin GS, the Williamson County GS and his own SIG group (Special Interest Group for computers and computer users as well as genealogy). He also was involved in running a series of genealogy classes for Life Time Learning in Austin. I will miss him and hope he has found peace. He will be missed.

Cindy Foreman

Donald Stotts

October 17, 2020

A sentiment that bears repeating….John will be missed by many.

I witnessed his dedication to community service with his participation and leadership in the Austin and Williamson County Genealogical societies. John and Jean shared that interest and a pursuit of excellence in the sharing of their knowledge. John’s courses conducted under the auspices of Lifetime Learning Institute were in great demand every semester for many years. John was proud of the leadership position he gained with the Williamson County Genealogy group but he somehow managed to also assume the role of LLI’s website manager, at a time when we badly needed somebody with his skill and diligence. John served LLI as an instructor for many years and as our “web meister” for five years. John could always be counted on even in dire times.

On behalf of the Advisory Council and Executive Committee of LLI, I express deep appreciation and a sense of great loss.

Don Stotts, Director - LLI

Robert Richardson

October 16, 2020

One signal characteristic of John was that he was someone you could trust absolutely.

When he made a commitment to you, that was his bond. You didn’t have to worry further. He'd be where he said he’d be and fully ready to help. In a world too often governed by inconsistency, John was the one person you could always rely on. I will miss him. We all will miss him.

Rod Lind

October 16, 2020

We, at Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, are saddened by John’s passing and wish to express our heart-felt condolences to the Marostica family. We wish you peace of mind and strength as you carry on.

John was a dear friend to Adoption Knowledge Affiliates as a past President and Board member and as a technical advisor and “fixer” for our monthly meetings.

His ready smile and big heart were infectious. We will miss him greatly.

Shirley Meyer

October 16, 2020

John and Jean,
You were two very special and kind people in my life and many other people's lives. We are all grateful for the knowledge that you shared with us in the Genealogy World.
Now, you are sharing your eternal reward with our Creator and Saviour.
While I am sad, I am so happy for both of you. Well done, faithful servants.
Thank you!
I will never forget your kindness.
Shirley Meyer

Paul Marsh

October 16, 2020

We know that the passing of those we love is eminent. Ecclesiastes says “there’s a time for everything under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die”, but we seldom know when that time will be. As with John, we were all going about our day doing the things we normally do, then we were interrupted with the news we never want to hear. I will always remember that moment.

I remember the first thoughts that passed through my brain, what, where, when, and how. Along with my first conscious response, “God, I am not prepared for this.” Immediately, Psalm 23 came to my heart, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, (be in need).” In this psalm David, portrayed God almighty in his role. Loving, caring, directing, protecting and nurturing his flock, who we are to him. While my heart still feels the pain, I draw comfort from that verse, knowing that I’m not alone even though I sometimes feel lonely.

My final remembrance actually began with a lament. I didn’t actually meet John until about 30 years ago. As I reflected over that period, I realized that I have none of those funny stories of John’s early days, that I do of my other siblings. These are those precious moments that siblings are required to use to embarrass one another as frequently as we can. The John Marostica I will always remember is the loving and caring individual he was. So many of you have expressed to me stories of how John demonstrated these traits personally to you over his life. When time has passed and the pain goes away he will always be this person when I think of him. These are the most important memories of John that I will retain.

John was gifted in his ability to help others piece together their past to know where they came from. At the same time he lived his life as an example of how we should all become. On behalf of John’s family, I want to thank you for being with us in this time and for sharing with us your memories of our dear brother, John.

Meg Davis

October 15, 2020

I will dearly miss John. I feel very fortunate to have known John, who was a very generous, kind and friendly soul. John was always so quick and willing to help neighbors in need. Our entire neighborhood benefited from his generosity and willingness to help. We were so lucky to have John join the Milwood Neighborhood Association Board in 2013. He and Jean were always willing to help with any neighborhood initiative, including the 4th of July, Garage Sales, It’s My Park Day, and Hazardous Waste Collection among just a few. He also could be counted on to provide operational and technology assistance wherever it was needed. A resident of Milwood for decades, John was known to always lend a helping hand to his neighbors and throw in a story or two as well. John will be greatly missed by many.

I personally will think fondly of our curbside chats that often came as a result of his willingness to help me with any task set upon us by the neighborhood association. I am so grateful for the support he provided me over the 6 years that we were on the board together.

Pat Murphree

October 15, 2020

John was dedicated to the genealogy community in Austin and will be sorely missed. I was fortunate to take his classes through Lifelong Learning, to attend his library meetings, and to watch him faithfully set up the AV equipment for the Austin Genealogical Society Meetings each month. May he and Jean rest in peace, knowing that their jobs were well done.

Michelle Cervantes

October 13, 2020

Sincere condolences to John’s many friends and family. We will miss seeing John and Jean at the genealogy meetings at the library. Peace be with you.

Jimmy Weber

October 12, 2020

Growing up next to our Aunt Parge and Uncle Paul was awesome. We spent much shared time in the two households. There was a well beaten trail between the two houses at the corner of Santa Clara and what was then Katy Street (now Eikel St). I have many memories of going up and down that trail. We looked on John Francis and Debbie as part of our large family looked on them as extra brother and sister to us. I am very grateful for the time John Francis and Jean spent sharing our family history at the Cox/Weber reunions at Twin Sisters. They always graciously shared family history with us there. We miss them greatly. We are sure that John Francis is receiving his just reward for living a life as a “GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT “. Rest in peace and give all up there a hug from us.


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