John Melley, 71, of Tamaqua, PA died on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Bethlehem, PA. Born in Coaldale, PA on September, 19, 1946, he was the son of the late John Joseph and Mary Theresa (nee Goeser) Melley. A 1964 graduate of Marian High School, Hometown, PA, John earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the Manhattan School of Music in 1971. For 38 years he was the organist for St. Mary Catholic Church, St. Clair, PA and also taught guitar, piano, vocal, and organ from his home. John was a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the American Music Scholarship Association, and The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua. He loved music, the community, and had a passion for passing on the knowledge of music to his students. The last surviving member of his immediate family, John was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Melley in 1991. Services are private. Memorials in his name may be made to The Parish of St. John XXIII, 266 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua.
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