December 17, 1946 ~ May 10, 2022

Born in: Brooklyn, NY
Resided in: Candler, NC

John Michael Penta, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 while visiting in Long Island, NY.

John was born on December 17, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Marco and Anna Penta (née Mikoch). He was married to Marie Penta (née Buzzetta) for 38 years, whom passed away in 2017. He was an ASE Certified Master Mechanic for over 51 years and worked for the Buncombe County Garage for 27 years, servicing the sheriff dept. vehicles, EMS ambulances and other miscellaneous county cars. He was also a member of the local Blue Ridge Mustangs Club and an avid Lionel train collector.

He is survived by his daughter Connie Szczesny, son-in-law John Szczesny, granddaughter Angelina Szczesny, all of Candler, and his brother Frank (Iveth) Penta of Old Bridge, NJ.

An Italian wake will be held on Thursday May 19th, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. The graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Fr. Dean Cesa on Friday May 20th, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Green Hills Cemetery.


Graveside Service: May 20, 2022 10:30 am

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Sending Prayers for the family of John, we always enjoyed seeing him at mustang meetings and events, he will be missed by many

  2. Connie
    So sorry about your Dad. I do not live in NC now. I live in Arkansas where my youngest son lives. I would love to be there to pay my respects. Again My love and prayers with you and your family.

  3. Penta family, Sorry for your loss. John always loved talking about his Mustang and Mopar cars especially reminising about his younger NY years. Ray Griffiths (bronx ny) weaverville nc.

  4. My since condolences to the Penta Family, John and I go back to the late fifties in Brooklyn NY .He was one of my closet friends.From building bicycles to cars to model trains we always had something in common.
    His phone calls and conversation will be sorely missed.Rest in Peace my Dear Friend.

  5. Our friend Johnny Penta, a member in good standing of the original Ocean Avenue Gang!
    John followed his dream; a true mechanic
    great at his trade.
    Rest In Peace our friend, you will be truly missed😢❤️

  6. John will be missed at the Blue Ridge Mustang Club, always fun to be around, always a smile on his face, our hearts go out to your family!

  7. So sorry for your loss. Your Father was such a warm, bright man. I know he’s always going to be watching over his little girl.


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