John Philip Monje, 68, died Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital with his family by his side.
John was born on October 8, 1950 in Newark, the son of Richard and Joyce Monje. Known in the Catskills as “Dutch,” he worked for Mountain Flame of Arkville, NY for thirty years with his family. John’s greatest passions were bird-watching, fishing, nature photography and playing guitar. He played for a time with “The Blues Maneuver Band.”
John is survived by his wife, Lynette Hope (Miller) Monje, daughter Cassana Monje and grandson Aza Thorne of Asheville, NC; sisters Sharon (Joseph Lawson) Monje of Prattsburgh, Marcia (Brian) Olenych of Bovina Center, and Jennifer (John) Hurlburt of Newark; his nephew and good friend Jake (Jess) Olenych of Arkville, NY; as well as many other nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many friends. John was predeceased by his parents, his nephew Noah Olenych and his beloved canine friend, Noodle.
Memorials in his name may be made to the Derby Hill Bird Observatory, PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13201