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St. Lucy's / St Bernadette's RC Church
Tuesday December 21st, 2010

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John G. Harlan

Altamont - John G. "Wizard" Harlan, 61, on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 went home to be with his lord after a 40 year struggle with health issues as a result of a Glioblastoma brain tumor. Born on June 20, 1949 in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of the late Robert and Jean Harlan. He was a 1967, graduate of Schalmont High School and in 1970 he graduated from SUNY Morrisville. In 1983 he was the successful recipient of a kidney transplant. He was employed by Harlan Manufacturing, Harts Plumbing and Chuck Miles Indian Motorcycle Shop. John is survived by his wife of 33 years Linda Harlan; a daughter Stacy (Mark) Sowalski; a son Robert (Jessica Warner) Harlan; four grandchildren Jonathan Csontos, Ashley Weatherwax, Christopher Csontos and John W. Harlan; a sister Anne (Daniel) Krajewski as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a niece Michelle Corvinelli and a grandson Jess James Weatherwax. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at St. Lucy's / St Bernadette's RC Church, Altamont. A spring burial will be in Esperance Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, December 20, 2010 from 4 to 8 PM at the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018


John, I love you still and miss you already. I am glad you are at peace and out of your pain. It has been a long couple of years. I am very thankful to all the Doctors, Nurses and Staff that helped you in your fight to survive. I would like to thank also the family of your donated kidney for the sacrifice they made at a very difficult time in their lives to help someone like you, a stranger, to be able to enjoy life at a better quality for a much longer time. You kept your kidney working for 27 years, two months and 17 days. I wish it were a possiblity to pass it along to another waiting patient, but under the circumstances, it was not. I ask that everyone consider organ donation so as to enable another to live a better and longer life when possible. It not only made your life better, but to those all around you. Myself, your children and grandchildren, all our family and friends that have come along in your path, that without that transplant may never have known you and the amazing person you were. John, you were nothing short of Everything to me for more than 33 years of marriage. I am extremely pleased that I met you way back in 1968 at the Rollerama. It changed the course of my life and made a difference. It has been just over a week now since you left us and moved forward to your reward in Heaven. I love you John and will be with you again at the proper time that has been set for me. I hope you were looking down on us in the last week to see just how many of your friends and family came and shared stories of your time spent with them and the tears that flowed also at your wake. Your funeral mass was just about everything it could be, it brought tears and laughter as your life was eulogized and remembered by everyone in attendance. You missed a great gathering with the open bar you wanted and some excellent food, still everyone remembering how you had inpacted their life in some way. We must move on now, but we will not forget you ever. Merry Christmas John, I Love you, Linda

Linda A. Harlan Dec 23 2010 12:00 AM

Linda, may the love and support of your family and friends help you during this time of such sadness.

Renee Dec 20 2010 12:00 AM

Linda,God bless and peace be with you and your family. John will always be remembered with a smile.

Danny Gray Dec 20 2010 12:00 AM

Linda, may the love and support of your family and friends help you during this time of such sadness.

Renee Dec 20 2010 12:00 AM

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Tim & Cecile Dec 19 2010 12:00 AM

John was such a sweet and kind man. My best memory of him was some time he spent with my young daughter Allison. The spent an afternoon hanging out in the barn and by the end of the day she was calling him Pop. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Harlan family.

Meredith and Jason Michener Dec 18 2010 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May John (Mr. Harlan)enter into eternal peace in Heaven. God Bless his family.

Eric Reisenger Dec 18 2010 12:00 AM

Linda, I am sorry for your loss. I know your heart is heavy now but remember he is at peace now with no pain and he will be watching over us. Sue (Guilderland Center Nursing Home 3-11)

Susan Grenfeld Dec 18 2010 12:00 AM

Lots of good memories of Bike Week, Harley Rendezvous and your house. Rest in peace John. Our sympathies to the Harlan family. Hope you find peace in knowing how much John was loved by all.

Bill & Debbie Taber Dec 17 2010 12:00 AM

Sorry about John's passing. As we know all to well the pain of losing a loved one. Especially this time of year. May he rest in peace.

Sara Wengert Dec 17 2010 12:00 AM

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