John R. Starynski Jr. MD


MINOCQUA, Wis. - John R. Starynski Jr., MD, 61, died Thursday, March 7, 2019, at his home in Minocqua.
He was born the son of John and Shirley (nee Lewis) Starynski Sr. and raised in Philadelphia, PA.
The eldest of five siblings, he attended Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pa. He completed the Penn State BS/ MD Accelerated Program which allowed him to complete college and medical school in five years. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College, now known as the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia in 1980. He completed residency in orthopedic surgery at Geisenger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., in 1985. He joined the Orthopedic Group of Western Maryland in Cumberland, where he practiced for more than a decade. He was also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He practiced orthopedics for 30 years but practiced most recently at Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics in Friendship, Wis.
It was during his residency that he discovered skydiving. He accomplished over 750 jumps and achieved his skydiving instructor rating. He also became a pilot was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
He was known for his dry wit and compulsive love for photography, aviation, math and all things involving the equity markets. He was a devoted Catholic, a loving husband, father and brother.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Pontone; son, Andre Starynski; daughter, Nina Starynski; sisters, Donna Cooke and Sharon Starynski; brothers, Gregg Starynski and Richard Starynski; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Shirley.
Mass will be held on Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, Woodruff, Wis., with visitation from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Interment will be Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.
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Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on March 14, 2019
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