John Molnar Obituary

John Robert Molnar
John Robert Molnar

November 22, 1926 - November 14, 2014
Born in Midland, PA
Resided in Cincinnati, OH
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John Robert Molnar, age 87, passed away peacefully in his home on November 14, 2014.

John was born on November 22, 1926 in the coal-mining town of Midland, Pennsylvania to George and Anna (Tursek) Molnar. He grew up in Martins Ferry, Ohio with his parents and three sisters. In the 1930's, John's father started a grocery store in Martins Ferry and John, his mother and sisters lived above the store and worked there daily. When John could ride a bike, he made home deliveries to many in the community. He graduated from Martins Ferry High School in 1944.

John left Martins Ferry to attend the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 and was a proud member of the Theta Chi fraternity. He took several post-graduate courses in both business and the arts at the University of Dayton, and joined the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company as a sales representative. In 1954, he met Rosemarie Schmitt, a medical technologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. John and Rosemarie were married in Fort Recovery, Ohio, on May 14, 1955. John was commissioned as a Lieutenant and served in the Air National Guard. The following 17 years found John and Rosemarie moving their growing family to homes in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kalamazoo, and Pittsburgh as John moved through various management positions within the Upjohn Company. All the while, John was also honing his entrepreneurial skills in real estate in Ohio and Michigan with his friend and business partner, Edward Steiner of Dayton.

In 1972, John acquired a car dealership from his cousin, John Banyas, in Chillicothe, Ohio, and, in 1973, Molnar Pontiac-Cadillac-Toyota was formed to serve the people of Ross-Pike-Highland-Vinton counties with new and used cars. John was active with Pontiac-Cadillac-Toyota Dealers' Council and was a member of the Ohio Auto Dealers and National Auto Dealers Associations. John was active in the Chillicothe business community. He was a member of the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce as well as the St. Peter Catholic Church board and served on various committees. While in Chillicothe, John was generous to the community and continued his interest in real estate by investing in the redevelopment of properties in downtown Chillicothe and the surrounding area. He was very happy to see that the renovation of Chillicothe's historic landmark Carlisle Building is now underway.

In 1998, John and Rosemarie moved to Montgomery, Ohio to enjoy their retirement. There, John became a familiar face in his neighborhood, typically walking 4-5 miles every day and greeting everyone he met. Later, as his walks became shorter and slower, he continued to relish warm interactions with his neighbors. What John cherished most, however, was his family. Time spent with his children and grandchildren gave him great joy. Guided by his deep Catholic faith, John will be remembered for his strong work ethic, generous spirit, and his love and gratitude for his family, friends, and the many blessings throughout his life.

John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosemarie; his nine children: Patricia Knisley of Chicago, IL, Anne (Robert) Corker of Cincinnati, OH, Kathryn (Keith) Wiesenberg of Cincinnati, OH, Susan (James) Russell of Denver, CO, Therese (Christopher) O'Flaherty of Cincinnati, OH, John M. Molnar of Cincinnati, OH, Joseph (Joni) Molnar of Columbus, OH, Robert (Angela) Molnar of Grand Blanc, MI, and Caroline (Joseph) Favazzo of Mayfield Village, OH, and 33 grandchildren: Stephanie (Erik) Hystad, Lauren , Sam, and Eric Knisley, Patrick (Jeana) Corker, John Corker, Matthew (Kim) Corker, Andrea Corker; Elizabeth, Michael, David, and Katie Wiesenberg; Christina, Dan, Charlie, and Jake Russell; Kelsey and Maddie O'Flaherty; Jennifer (Matt) Howell; Christin, Joseph, Michael, Katherine, and Anna Molnar; Maria, Robert, and David Molnar; Kirstin, Joseph, Anthony, Vincent, Steven, and Alyse Favazzo.

He is also survived by his sisters Irene (Cal) Elshoff of La Canada, CA and Margaret (Harold, deceased) Magnan of Watertown, WI, along with many loving nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents, George and Anna Molnar; his infant brother Anthony, and his sister Helen (Charles, deceased) Barrenbrugge.

Family and friends are invited to visitation from 5-8 PM on Friday, November 21st at the Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 22, 2014, on what would have been his 88th birthday, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Montgomery, Ohio, with John's nephew, Father Matthew Elshoff, OFM Cap, presiding. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Association ( or to The Charlie Foundation (dedicated to preventing, controlling, and curing pediatric epilepsies:




Gate of Heaven Cemetery
11000 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH US 45249
Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home & Cremation Center - Loveland
129 N. Riverside Dr.
Loveland, OH US 45140
Friday, November 21, 2014
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home & Cremation Center - Loveland
129 N. Riverside Dr.
Loveland, OH US 45140
Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00 AM


Juvenile Diabetes Association
The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies
515 Ocean Ave., #602N
Santa Monica, CA US 90402