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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
John J. Kane
June 23, 1924 - February 1, 2022

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Alphonsus Church, Maple Glen
Funeral Mass - Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 11:00 AM at St. Alphonsus Church, Maple Glen
Military Honors - Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 11:45 AM at St. Alphonsus Church, Maple Glen


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - St. Alphonsus Church - 33 Conwell Drive, Maple Glen, PA 19002 - 215-646-4600 - Map
Family Florist - Kremp Florist - 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-6700 - Map
Donation - Roman Catholic High School - 301 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 - 215-627-5487 ext 310 - Map

The following obituary was composed by John’s family:

John J. Kane of Dresher, Pennsylvania died Monday, January 31, 2022 at Brandywine Living at Dresher Estates. He was 97 years old. John was born June 23, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late William Kane and the late Mary Kane (nee - Ryan). He is the beloved husband of the late Patricia Kane; father of Susan Zingle (Mark), Kathy Johnson (Glenn), Brother John Kane, F.S.C., Trish Kane, Renie Ostien (Dan), Jim Kane, Matt Kane (Mary Casey), Paul Kane (Kristin Wilson), and the late Michael J. Kane; grandfather of Kyle and Andrew Zingle, Courtney and Carrie Johnson, Melissa and Becca Ostien, Ashley and Lauren Kane, Sierra and Michael Griffin, and Kristen and Matty Jack Kane; and the late Brian Zingle; brother of the late William Kane and the late James Kane. He is also survived by a loving extended family.

John Kane grew up the oldest of three boys in North Philadelphia. He attended St. Stephen School at Broad and Butler streets for elementary school, before moving on to Roman Catholic High School, founded in 1890 as the nation’s first Diocesan high school to give opportunities to non-wealthy young men. Months after graduating in 1942, John enlisted in the Navy, serving in the division that worked on merchant vessels that transported troops and weapons across the globe. Those Navy vessels suffered some of the highest casualty rates in the war, with more than 700 sunk by enemy submarines.

In December 1945, John left the Navy. asked on his discharge papers about his “job preference”, he wrote one word:

One of his closest friends, Jim McCool, convinced him that the GI Bill would pay for that higher education, and after a brief interview period, John enrolled at La Salle College — sparking a lifelong devotion that led three sons and a grandson to attend the university.

After jobs in sales, he and McCool linked up with another friend to found Power Associates, a company that served as a manufacturing representative to some of the largest steel plants and other major manufacturers in the region.

His biggest pivot point came when he arrived one night at the door of his Roman classmate, Phil Logan, whose younger brothers Charles and James were also close friends.

No, John explained to Lilian Logan, he was not there to see any of her boys. He was there for her daughter, Patricia.

On May 20, 1955 John and Pat were married at St. Stephen’s Church.

As the family grew — and grew, and grew — the suburbs and larger homes called. John and Pat first settled the children in St. Stanislaus Parish in Lansdale, Pa., and then helped found Corpus Christi Parish a few miles away.

After their ninth child was born, they moved to Maple Glen in July 1971 and joined St. Alphonsus Parish, where they worked every volunteer job possible. He served for decades as a volunteer counter of the weekly offering at Mass; managed Paul’s winless 7th grade baseball team; refereed many CYO touch football games; ferried other kids to and from events at other parishes. 
He and his partners sold Power Associates and retired in 1991, leaving more time to play golf at his beloved Sandy Run Country Club — but also more for volunteering. For years he went to Saint Joseph Villa to volunteer at the assisted living center for Catholic nuns and other women in Flourtown.

John and Pat sold their Maple Glen home and moved to Horsham. There, eventually, he faced one last task: helping for Pat as she grew ill.

After she passed in 2016, John continued to enjoy seeing his grandchildren grow up before his eyes. On his last day all of his children got to say goodbye.

He was our hero whose legacy lives on within us.

Relatives and friends were invited to his visitation on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 10:00 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. military honors rendered by the United States Navy followed at St. Alphonsus Church, 33 Conwell Drive, Maple Glen, PA 19002.

Religious services were conducted by Rev. Msgr. Brian P. Hennessy from St. Alphonsus Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Roman Catholic High School, 301 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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