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John Nathan Shaner

February 16, 1952 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

John Shaner Life story

John Nathan Shaner, 71, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed from this life on January 13, 2024 at Schoellkopf Health Center, Niagara Falls, NY.  Born on February 16, 1952 in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of the late Everett Shaner and the late Callie (Midgett) (late James) Maroon.

John graduated from the former Trott Vocational High School.  He retired as the top detailer for Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex.  John also held positions at Coulson’s Pharmacy and the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and was the owner of Smiling John’s Detail Shop.  He was an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

John is survived by sons, Jason (Steven Colosi) and Daniel Shaner; grandchildren, Lilyana Shaner and Landen Shaner; sisters, Susan (Terence) Riorden, and Cheryl (late Carlo) (companion, Ron Zito) Conti; nieces, Callie (James) Banko, Dana (Jason Langer) Conti, and Christine Conti and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  He is also survived by his lifelong friend, Bob Strassburg.

A private family gathering, celebrating John’s life, will be held in the hospitality room of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (716-297-9007).  If desired, memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Hospice or the Erie County SPCA.

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