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1928 James 2024

James Lisankis

May 24, 1928 — April 18, 2024


James J. Lisankis (Jim), born on May 24, 1928, in Nilan, PA, to the late Paul Hepplet and Anna Lisankis, peacefully passed away on April 18, 2024, in Johnstown, PA. He was a kind and welcoming soul whose presence will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
 Jim proudly served in the U.S. Navy with the Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron 5 at NAS Oceana, Virginia. His dedication to his country was unwavering, and his service is a testament to his selflessness and commitment.
 A man of many talents and accomplishments, Jim excelled in various aspects of his life. He was a proud alumnus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Jim's proudest accomplishments included being a devoted member, Deacon, and Elder of the Ligonier Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was also actively involved in the community as a member of the Ligonier Rotary Club for over 25 years, including serving as President. He was also a member of the Laughlintown Protection Association,
 His contributions extended beyond the local community as a dedicated member of Mount Moriah Lodge #28 F&AM of Bordentown, NJ. Jim was an active member of the Valley Players, both behind the scenes and onstage. Additionally, he generously volunteered his time to deliver meals for Ligonier Meals on Wheels until he was 89 years young.

Throughout his career, Jim worked at Westinghouse, United States Steel at Fairless Works in Falls Township, Bucks County Pa., Worcester Works in Worcester, Mass., Joliet Works in Joliet IL., and Southern Plating and Machinery of Anniston AL.  In 1972 Jim started the American Steel Service Company in Windber Pa.

In his personal life, Jim was cherished by his surviving family members: Daughter Betty A. (James) Vardy of Duck NC, Daughter Joan B. Hoobler (Jeffrey Craig) of Ligonier Pa.,  Son Jim B. (Jill) of Johnstown Pa., Daughter Luci L. (Todd) Wagner of Johnstown Pa., Grandson Nathan (Kate) Hoobler of Arlington, Va., Granddaughter Abby (Daniel) Meller of Virginia Beach Va., as well as Otto, Iona, and James Hoobler (Great-Grandchildren) and numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. 
 Jim is preceded in death by his beloved wife Joan B. Lisankis and siblings Agnes, Verna, Frank, Anthony, Elizabeth, and Donald. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew him.
 The visitation to honor Jim will take place at Snyder-Green Funeral Home in 402 E. Church St. Ligonier Pa on Thursday April 25, 2024, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM following the visitation at 7 P.M. a Masonic Service and Military Honors to take place. A Memorial Service will take place at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Friday April 26, 2024, starting at 11:00 AM. A Private Interment will take place in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown Pa.,

Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to: Ligonier Meals on Wheels, PO Box 203, Ligonier Pa 15658.
 Jim J. Lisankis will be remembered not only for his remarkable achievements but also for his warm spirit that touched the lives of many. May he rest in peace knowing that his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, April 25, 2024

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Snyder-Green Funeral Home

402 E Church St., Ligonier, PA 15658

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Memorial Service

Friday, April 26, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Covenant Presbyterian Church

200 N Market St, Ligonier, PA 15658

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