In Memory of



Obituary for John Wowk

John Wowk, born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and a resident of Poughkeepsie, New York and West Dover Vermont passed away peacefully amongst family.

Born on September 4th, 1929, he was the twin brother of Jane Wowk who predeceased him. He was the youngest son of Jacob and Mary Wowk.

John enlisted in the United States Air Force immediately after high school graduation, Pittsfield High School Class of 1949. He served in Flagstaff, Arizona during the Korean war, training pilots in emissions ejections from aircraft. He was an excellent mechanic who crafted his skills to ensure safety on jets and all his family’s cars.

John had an exemplary career, beginning with General Electric and dedicated years of service with IBM, Poughkeepsie.

He commuted every weekend from New York to Vermont to build his own ski chalet and to ski Mount Snow. He was an original member of the Mount Greylock Ski Club and Bousquet Mountain Ski Patrol. John skied throughout the high peaks of Europe and the Rockies. He was later instrumental in teaching the 4 Martin family children to ski the black diamond expert slopes of Mount Snow.

John was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Vermont.

He will always be remembered for his Annual Parking Lot Party at the Maintenance Building parking lot at Mt Snow. Dozens showed up for a free lunch and to celebrate his kindness and exuberance of a fun afternoon with the Green Mountains in the background, snowflakes, and the joy of outdoor life!

John was predeceased by his older brother Nicholas (Grace), his sisters Stephanie Zack (Michael), Sandy Wowk and Jane Wowk. He is survived by his sisters Olga Carmel (Donald) and Katherine Maggiacomo (Anthony). He is also survived by his nephews Ronald Van Wowk, Gary Van Wowk (Marguerite), Don Carmel (Nancy), Dean and Thomas Zack, Bruce Carmel, and his niece Denise Carmel Martin (Jerry). He is survived by his grandnephews Colin Martin (Cheryl), Alexander Carmel, grandnieces Meghan Martin Mullins (Thomas), Kiersten Martin, Caitlin Martin, Krista Dearen (Jerrod), Maria Carmel and great grandnephews and nieces Jordan, Katrina, Jaxon, Grace, Brylee and Cooper.

Peace to his soul.

Due to Covid-19, a private service will be held. Memorial donations can be made to Windham County Humane Society – 916 West River Road – 9089, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at