2102 Northway Road, Williamsport, PA 17701

John Matthew Noviello December 13, 1983 - December 2, 2021

    John Matthew Noviello, 37, of Loyalsock Township and residing in Danville, PA, was transformed to his new life while at Geisinger Medical Center on Thursday, December 2, 2021.
 He was born on December 13, 1983 in South Williamsport and was the son of Douglas Harstead , Valeria Noviello Komarnicki and Anthony Komarnicki, step father.
   He was 2002 graduate of Loyalsock Township High School and a 2011 graduate of Pennsylvania College Technology, Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant.
   John was a founding member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
  John received Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was raised Catholic, attending St. Joseph the Worker Parish (Annunciation Church), and loved returning to Midnight Mass with his family every Christmas Eve.
   John was an avid outdoorsman.  Nothing filled his spirit more than fishing in his kayak on lakes, rivers, streams and the ocean.  He loved riding his ATV and working on his tree stand at “the Farm”.  He went camping every summer in the PA Grand Canyon, and would bring friends to join him around campfires, loving life and nature.  It’s what he lived for.
   John loved everything family, football, and getting back to his roots. He returned home every weekend to support his high school teams, following college football fervently. Holidays and family gatherings were his favorite.
    John was an outstanding drummer, played guitar, keyboard, and loved to sing. He was always introducing us to new music saying, “Here check out this song!!”
     John could cook and loved sharing it with others.  Chili cook-offs, venison, trout, canned peppers or just salad oil mix for family dinner, it was one of his favorite ways to share his love.
    John just loved life and was a friend of everyone he met.
    John’s life as a COTA/L at Geisinger in Danville was his calling.  He was our hero. He volunteered to work in the Covid units at its height so others with families would not be put at risk. He worked holidays so others could be with their families. We called him “The Patient Whisperer” – when there was an extremely difficult patient, John would answer the call, even outside of his own rounds.  He had an immediate disarming presence, and a beautiful way of calming patients when no one else could.  He especially loved doing little extras for them, or going out of his way to visit friends or their kids who were admitted.
    John had a heart for youth, and loved to teach, guide, and introduce them to the gifts of music and the outdoors.
    Above all John was a dear friend, protector, defender, teacher, inspiration and hero.  He loved God and his family, and gave himself to the Lord in both life and in his passing.  He has shown us how unbelievably happy he is, with insurmountable joy and love in our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is not gone.  He is merely transformed.  He will always be with us, and we will all see him again.  We love you John John.

    Surviving is his mother, Valeria L. Noviello Komarnicki and step father Anthony Komarnicki of Loyalsock; father Douglas (Brenda Beaver) Harstead of Montgomery; maternal grandfather, Joseph Frank Noviello of South Williamsport; maternal grandmother, Gloria Ann Thomke of New Cumberland; paternal grandmother, Phyllis Harstead of South Williamsport; John’s soul mate whom he loved, Jennifer Ridall of Bloomsburg; four sisters, Joscelyne E. (Steve) Hauserman-Gerlach of NC, Anastasia S. L. N. Komarnicki of Philadelphia, Danielle Stout of Montgomery, Gabrielle Harstead of Montgomery; two brothers, Michael A. Komarnicki of Loyalsock and Reashard Howard of Boise, ID.

A funeral service and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021 at St. Joseph the Worker, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport with Reverend Edward Van Brunt and Reverend David Bechtel officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Friday evening December 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Rd., Williamsport.


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    Brenda Markle/Lukasiewicz says

    I’m saddened to hear of John John’s passing. I’m praying and believing God’s sovereign hand of peace surround the family during such a time. As Deuteronomy 29:29 says- somethings are simply unexplainable- it’s then when we simply must trust the Lord. Much love to the family. It seems that John John brought a ton of Joy to this world.
    Until we meet next side of Heaven, may God bless you, keep you and cause His face to shine upon you.
    With love.

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    Nicole says

    Such a great loss. John’s soul was absolutely one of a kind and he had such a helpful, kind attitude that not many possess.

    I had the pleasure of working with John at Geisinger. I’m an RN, and I knew my patients were well taken care of when in John’s hands.

    I pray that he gets the rest and happiness he’s always deserved. He will be missed, but his memory will always make me smile.

    I am so sorry to his family and loved ones. I pray that you find peace knowing he accepted Jesus.

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    Lindsey says

    It is so sad to hear of John’s death. We knew each other as young teens, but even then, he was always so full of love, life, and talent. One of my earliest memories was listening to John and his father rocking some Journey tunes on the keyboard and guitar. I hope his family and loved ones find comfort knowing that his life brought happiness to many and the fond memories will last forever.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Johns Fund, a charitable organization for kids and teens to experience the same love for life and outdoors that he lived for. To contribute by check, please send to: Valerie Komarnicki, 323 Grammer Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701, MEMO: Johns Fund. To contribute by Venmo, search the account name: Johns Fund -or- @johns-Fund. To contribute via GoFundMe on Facebook: https://gofund.me/5e2800e4.