Visitation at Funeral Home
Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of John Orgonik
John Orgonik was born in September 1933 and grew up in the Bronx, NY, with his parents Mary and Martin Orgonik, and his younger sister Elsie, who predeceased him in 2021. John served two years in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. After his discharge he attended RCA Institute of Technology and two years of college. He was employed by Picker Corp. (now Phillips) as an electronics technician, installing and repairing medical equipment in hospitals in the Bronx, Long Island, and surrounding communities. John met his future wife, Joyce Holic, in their church youth group. John and Joyce married in August, 1960 and were blessed with two children, Christine and Andrew.
John enjoyed trips to Michigan and Maryland to visit family. Luckily, he enjoyed driving and he took his family to many fun and scenic locations within the United States, taking lots of photographs along the way. Time with family was important to him and one of his favorite activities was making movies with his children, nieces, and nephews that are still enjoyed today. John would be "Capt. Magic", black cape and all, and perform magic tricks at his childrens' birthday parties. He was so well-balanced that while on a family vacation in Florida with our young children he volunteered to walk the high wire at Circus World and completed the walk from one end to the other. John a "kid at heart" all throughout his life, and loved being "silly grandpa" to his grandchildren, Shea, Hunter, and Grace.
John loved to get his hands in the dirt and garden. Tomatoes were his specialty, and we usually had a lot to share. He was also proud of his many crocuses and every spring he would go around the yard counting them all, reaching 1,000 and more - and gladly inform everyone of the numbers! He would also liberally sprinkle flower seeds around to see what surprises would sprout up.
John was a dedicated and very active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Williston Park. He served on the Elders and visited the sick and shut-ins, he was also a long-standing usher at worship services, enjoyed working with his friends in Mens' Tool Time where they do jobs that need to be done around the church property, and he enjoyed working on the counting committee with Jon.
John is survived by, and will be dearly missed by, his wife, Joyce; daughter Christine Burns (Steven) and grandsons Shea and Hunter; and son Andrew (Danielle) and granddaughter, Grace. He also leaves behind loving family members, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Susan and Kenneth Mortenson; niece Kristen King (Wade) and family, and Karin Hart (Jay) and family, all of Maryland; niece Maryann Hubbell (Dan) and family (Michigan), nephew John Wolner (Alane) and family (Colorado), and nephew Joseph Wolner (Shannon) and family (Alaska), and many caring friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s name to one of the following organizations:
- St. John's Lutheran Church, Williston Park, NY 11596
- Good Shepherd Hospice at Mercy Hospital, Rockville Center, NY 11570
- Long Island Youth Mentoring, Brentwood, NY 11717
- American Kidney Fund