John Joseph Kaskie, a retired galvanizer and construction worker, died Friday morning at home after a four-year bout with cancer. He was 70 and had lived for 34 years in the 100 block of S. Stuart St. in Essex.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Kaskie, will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Clare's Roman Catholic Church, 714 Myrth Ave., Essex.
The son of Polish and Russian immigrants, Mr. Kaskie was born in Shamokin, Pa., where his father worked in the anthracite coal mines. He was educated in public schools there and moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s.
Once in the city, he was employed as galvanizer for Rheem Manufacturing Co., a maker of hot-water heaters, where he worked for about 30 years.
That job was interrupted in 1944, when he enlisted in the Navy. He served during World War II aboard the USS Acontious, a supply ship in the Pacific, and also was stationed in the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart before being honorably discharged as boatswain's mate second-class in 1946.
That year, he married the former Marion P. Antonelli, also of Shamokin.
Upon his return to Baltimore, Mr. Kaskie went back to work for Rheem, retiring from the company in the early 1970s. He then was employed by American Totalisator Co. and later as a construction worker for Peter Kiewit & Sons. Co. in Baltimore, before retiring in 1984.
A gregarious man, widely known in Essex, Mr. Kaskie was active in a variety of campaigns for Baltimore County Democrats. He also was an avid gardener.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Gail Kaskie of Hunt Valley; and three brothers, Chester Kaskie of Fort Myers, Fla., Clement Kaskie of Shamokin and Leonard Kaskie of Baltimore.