Rev. John D. Schmalhofer

Rev. John D. Schmalhofer, 73, of Chambersburg, formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021.

He was born March 9, 1948 in Lancaster and was the son of the late Joseph M. and Mary A. (Baker) Schmalhofer. He graduated from St. Joseph’s School, Lancaster Catholic High School 1966, Saint Mary’s College, Kentucky 1970, and Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg.

Father John’s Date of Ordination was April 27, 1974, at Saint Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg, at the hands of Bishop Joseph Daley. His assignments included Sacred Heart Parish, Lewistown, Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish, Mifflintown and many other parishes within the Harrisburg diocese.

Father John projected happiness and inspiration to everyone he ever met. He brought out the best in everyone and every situation. He was a humble and simple man and was very proud to serve the church. He was a diehard Philadelphia Phillies fan, baseball memorabilia collector, and wanted to visit every MLB ballpark in the country. He loved trips to the Phillies games and going out to dinner to Italian restaurants in South Philadelphia. He enjoyed Civil War history and often would visit the Gettysburg monuments.

Father John is survived by a sister, Ann M. Wendel, of Lancaster, a brother, Paul T. Schmalhofer, of Henderson, Nev., an aunt, Sister Bernadine Schmalhofer M.S.B.T., many nieces and nephews and a host of first and second cousins, great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph F. Schmalhofer.

On Wednesday, May 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. 440 St. Joseph St. Lancaster, there was a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by the The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer. Internment was in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to Lancaster Catholic High School 650 Juliette Ave. Lancaster, PA 17601. To send online condolences, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com.