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John M. Sluk

John M. Sluk, of Sheffield Village, died peacefully at home on October 12, 2013, with his loving partner Diane by his side. He was 57 years old.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, John graduated in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Library Science degree and embarked on a 31-year career in academic librarianship, specializing in technical services. He held department head positions within the library systems of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Oberlin College. A quintessential cataloger, John approached his work with a dedicated passion, understanding its rules and complexities as few catalogers ever do.

John taught as well, training hundreds of staff members at various academic libraries for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) in association with the Library of Congress. He was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science and was at his happiest teaching cataloging to library science students.

In addition, John was a member of the PCC BIBCO Operations Committee for several terms and a member of Beta Phi Mu. He also served as a member of the editorial board of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, contributing several articles to the publication.

Upon retiring in 2011, John continued to enjoy his love of reading, music, and gardening, as well as all things Pittsburgh Steelers. An avid walker, John relished exploring local nature preserves and the many cities he visited with Diane during their travels.

He is survived by his partner Diane Kajganich, mother June (nee Christy), brother Jim (Jeannie) of Pittsburgh PA, and sister Joanne Coudriet (Donald) of Reno NV. Children Abigail, Andrew, Emily, Peter, and Martin, a grandson, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Andrew and brother Roy.

A private service and burial will be held on October 18th, 2013. A public memorial service will be held on November 9th at 10:30 a.m. at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Lorain, Ohio.

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We often think of John, and so many warm memories were shared during the holidays. Diane, it was truly an honor to be a part of the beautiful and moving birthday tribute to John. Thank you for keeping his memory and spirit alive in such loving and meaningful ways.The Fairchilds

The Fairchilds - February 15, 2014 at 08:22 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I love you Uncle John. I missed you on our birthdays.

Govich - January 15, 2014 at 06:29 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dearest Diane,We were deeply saddened when we heard the news of John's death. We are sending you our sincerest condolences and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. John was a very intelligent, strong and loving person and these are only a few of the reasons we feel such loss. There are no words that can take away the pain in your heart right now, but know that John is always with you.Amy & Bill

Amelia - October 28, 2013 at 08:52 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To the Sluk family: I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. We worked together at Virginia Tech many years ago. I would keep in touch with him at Oberlin College. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

George Mattis Wytheville Va - October 28, 2013 at 03:10 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of John. Diane, may the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. Leah, Carter & Laurel

Leah - October 21, 2013 at 07:24 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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Milan Kajganich - October 18, 2013 at 03:46 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Diane and family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this very difficult day. Kevin & Laura

Kevin - October 18, 2013 at 06:39 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Diane,Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss. Take comfort in your memories of John and know that we are all here for you.Rob and Christine

Rob and Christine - October 18, 2013 at 06:29 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss, Diane. John will always be remembered for his kindness, sharp wit, and enviable intellect. We will remember with great fondness our most recent visit in September, filled with laughter, affection, and John's always delightful sense of humor.Love,Erica & Sloane

Erica & Sloane - October 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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Lori Govich - October 17, 2013 at 06:14 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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