John Junior Regule
December 21, 1928 – March 24, 2021
John J. Regule, 92, of The Villages, FL and formerly of Sharon, PA, fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Born in 1928 in Sharon, PA, John was the son of immigrant parents from Romania. His parents owned the LyJor (named for his parents Lydia and John Regule) Gas Station, Hotel, and Restaurant Bar in Sharon. After graduating from Sharon High School (PA), Westminster College (PA, Bachelor of Arts), and the University of Pittsburgh (Juris Doctor), he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served at the end of Korean War in the Judge Advocate Corps. John then returned to Sharon, PA to serve as attorney-at-law for the next fifty-six years. He shared his practice with his brother Andrew, also an attorney, using the offices of the then closed Hotel and Bar. John had a strong belief and commitment to serve the local community. Over the years he served as Public Defender for Mercer County, the Solicitor for the city of Sharon, an Adjunct Professor at the local campus of Penn State, and towards the end of his career, as Master of Mercer County Domestic Relations Court. All throughout, he was involved in countless organizations in and around the Shenango Valley, one of which was his beloved Lions Club in Farrell. Some of John’s proudest and most notable achievements were in his devotion to the Orthodox Church. John donated his time as attorney, serving as counsel for the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America for over 60 years. He was National President of the American Romanian Orthodox Youth (AROY) and president of the Orthodox Brotherhood of America. As a strong supporter of Orthodox Christian unity in America, he also served as the founding president of the Shenango Valley Orthodox Men’s Society. John was a life-long member and past Parish Council President of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Hermitage, PA. He was also one of the founders and member of the governing board of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration (Ellwood City, PA) where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Elizabeth (née Lupu) of 59 years. After the fall of communism in Romania in December of 1989, John became an ardent supporter of aid for the people and the church in Romania through the initiatives, Help for Romania and the Congress of Romanian Americans (CORA). In addition to advocating for the Romanian people, he helped arrange and supervise donations from churches in the United States to churches, hospitals, and orphanages throughout Romania.
After retiring, John and Elizabeth moved to The Villages, FL. They enjoyed ushering at the Sharon (formerly, the Church on the Square) and Savannah Performing Arts Centers, volunteering at Operation Shoebox, singing and reading the Epistle at church and working at the yearly festival at St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Belleview, FL; playing bridge with other couples and visiting with friends in the nearby Calumet swimming pool. Although transplanted Floridians, they remained loyal Pittsburgh Steelers and Ohio State Buckeye fans.
John and Elizabeth raised four, children in Hermitage PA: Teva Lynn Marie Regule, Ph.D. (and Bonnie Michal) of Boston, MA; Chaplain Christina Ann Regule, D.Min., U.S. Army, Belgium, NATO; John Drew (and Diane) Regule of Westford, PA; Dr. David William (and Tami) Regule of North Lima, OH. He was Mosu (grandfather) to seven grandchildren—Hope, Hailey, and Grant and Jacob, Maya, Lucas, and Ava.
John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth (Veta); his mother and father, Lydia and John Regule of Sharon, PA; his brother and law partner at Regule and Regule Law Offices, Andrew; and his sister, Vera Hoyt of Hermitage, PA. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor of Fort Myers, FL, and many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews as well as his children and grandchildren.
John will be remembered by many for a variety of things, not the least of which include his “dad” jokes and special secret handshakes. He will also be remembered as a man of integrity and a man who was devoted to his church, his family, and his friends.
Funeral arrangements: • Open calling hours: Sunday, 3/28, 5-7 pm (The Regule Home, 17565 SE 90th Clemson Circle (Springdale), The Villages) • Trisagion Prayers of Mercy followed by luncheon: Monday, 3/29, 11 am with viewing beforehand (St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church, 9926 SE 36th Ave/CR 467, Bellevue, FL 34420) • Funeral and Burial will be held in Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to any of the following: • Holy Transfiguration Monastery, http://www.orthodoxmonasteryellwoodcity.org/giving (or call: 724-758-4002) • The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, https://www.roea.org/makeadonation (2535 Grey Tower Road, Jackson MI 49201-9120 | Tel: (517) 522-4800) • St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church (GOA), 9926 SE 36th Ave/CR 467, Bellevue, FL 34420 • Holy Cross Orthodox Church (ROEA), 950 Maple Dr., Hermitage, PA 16148
Monday, March 29, 2021
Trisagion Prayers of Mercy
Monday, March 29, 2021
John Junior Regule
Fr. John Mancantelli
April 2, 2021
May God rest the soul of John in peace. Preoteasa Clara and I were saddened to learn he had passed away. We knew the Regules when I was parish priest at Holy Cross, Hermitage in the 80's. A faithful Romanian Orthodox, John loved and volunteered much time for his church, both on the local and diocesan levels. His source of strength and special delight was his family: his dear wife Veta, four children and mother. We are grateful for the friendship and kindness he showed us and our family. May Christ the source of consolation of his children and other family members. Memory Eternal.
Fr. John and Preoteasa Clara Mancantelli
March 31, 2021
Memory Eternal Mr. Regule
I will remember you for your amazing kindness towards me during my youth. I’ll treasure the last time we met 4-5 years ago at Vatra. Once reintroducing myself after so many years apart, you made me feel comfortable and welcomed me as if the time apart was only a day.
Thank you for being a memorable part of my life.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family as we celebrate your life with love and prayers.
March 28, 2021
Dear John may your Memory be Eternal
I remember coming to your house for lunch with a lady that
knew your wife. Also I knew your wife she was a wonderful
lady. We went to the same Church St. Mark and St. Raphael
Orthodox Church in Inverness Fla. I knew your wife very well.
I was sad when I heard she died. May her memory be eternal.
I am a Greek Orthodox and I love both churches. My favored
is with Father Sergious. I will try to attend St. Mark Church.
The Romania Lady Mona told me today. God bless all of you.
March 26, 2021
Dear Teva and Members of the Regule Family,
I am so sorry to learn of your father's death. I know what a painful time this is, especially coming not too long after the loss of your mother. But this Lenten season reminds us of the resurrectional promise.
Know that I keep you, your family, and your father in my prayers. May his memory be eternal!
March 26, 2021
Dear Teva and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your beloved father, John. I hope that you will be comforted knowing that your father is now with the Lord, and will be reunited with you in the world to come. With love and prayers, Margaret Schatkin