John Thomas Joseph Astoske, 85, owned the Sweetreat Ice Cream Parlor for 25 years

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John Thomas Joseph Astoske
John Thomas Joseph Astoske

John Thomas Joseph Astoske, 85, of Southport, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Dosher Nursing Center. Mr. Astoske was born September 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Anna Astoske. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean Conflict.

He married his wife, the late Lillian Astoske, on June 16, 1951. Mr. Astoske had worked for Standard Uniform Company and Pfizer Chemical, and along with his wife, owned the Sweetreat Ice Cream Parlor in Southport for 25 years. After retirement, John and Lillian would spend many nights and weekends watching their grandson, Derek, play baseball; after Lillian’s passing in 2013, John could still be seen at the ball fields. John also loved fishing with his son and grandson.

Mr. Astoske was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister and a 4th Degree Knight.

Survivors include sons, John Astoske, and his wife, Ginger, and Peter Astoske, and his wife, Susan; daughter, Jane Astoske and Kai Nielsen; and four grandchildren, Diana, Derek, Megan and Jordan.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dosher Nursing Center, 924 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.

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