On May 24, 2023, Conrad “John” Slovikosky, entered into the loving arms of Jesus, his Lord and Savior. John, 76, a long-time resident of Frederick, MD, passed away peacefully in his sleep.
John is survived by his loving wife of 55+ years, Nancy Slovikosky. The love they have shared was truly inspirational, they stood by each other’s sides on good days and stood even closer on bad days. They shared a loving home, raising their beloved sons, Bret, and Bary. John was a doting father, spending quality time with his boys, especially on the golf course, while always being available to them when called upon. He was a loving and kind father-in-law to his “daughter”, Anastasia Slovikosky, wife of Bary and shares a special relationship with Stephanie, the mother of Alyxandra and Adryana. With the arrival of grandchildren and his transition into the role of “Pap-Pap”, his love and admiration for them had no limits. He cherished his six grandchildren, Alexandra, Abigail, Gabrielle, Alyxandra, Seth, and Adyrana. He gave unconditional love, comfort, and guidance to them whenever they needed it. He brought equal amounts of love, wisdom, and nurturing to their lives. He was never without a camera, ready to capture each memory. Pap-Pap’s imprint on the lives of his grandchildren is undeniable as he recently enjoyed another weekend NASCAR trip with Adyrana.
John, the oldest of six children, was born to Albert and Charlotte Slovikosky in Altoona, PA on February 6, 1947. He attended St. Peter’s Catholic School, then went on to attend and graduate from Sherwood High School in Sandy Springs, MD. In high school, he became known as “SLOV” 54, a nod to his jersey number as a center for his high school football team. At age 10, he began working at Brooke Manor Country Club, which began his deep love of golf. He attended Montgomery College where he received his AA Degree; The University of Maryland; and then went on and obtained his bachelor’s degree from American University. He later obtained his master’s degree in Business Administration from Hood College.
John worked for 45 years as an accountant and Senior Financial Officer, with the United States Department of Health of Human Services from 1971-2018. John was naturally bright and a wizard when it came to numbers and accounting. He quickly moved up the ranks of the government with his intelligence and true leadership skills. One of the true highlights of his career was playing Santa Claus annually at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, bringing true joy to the faces of sick children.
After many years of public service, John enjoyed spending time on the golf course, traveling around Europe, indulging his family with Disney trips, collecting sports memorabilia, having lunch with friends, reading a good WWII history book, listening to political radio, sipping on a good cup of Starbucks, sitting as a proud spectator for all of his grandchildren’s sporting events and programs, giving Seth baseball pointers from the sidelines, serving as treasurer of the Grachur Club, and singing in the church choir. He never turned down a good glass of wine or his favorite bourbon drink.
John treasured tradition and spent countless days decorating for Christmas, ensuring his home was a holiday wonderland for his family. He carried on his mother’s Christmas tradition of making pounds of hard candy and pressed cookies, that he would share with his family and friends. For Easter, John prepared hundreds of hand dipped chocolate eggs, mailing them around the country to his family and friends.
John was an instant friend to all, with a love for all people, never forgetting a name or a face. He could talk up anyone, anyplace, anytime and made them feel like they were the most important person in the world. He exhibited a true zest for life, never without a joke or smart remark, ready to earn a good, heartly laugh or chuckle.
John made the decision to follow Jesus as a child and spent a lifetime studying God’s Word. John was a long-standing member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Frederick. He sang in the choir for many years, was a member of the Friendly Circle Sunday School class and played on the church softball league. His love for Christ shone through him as he went on multiple mission trips to be the hands and feet of Christ. John will be sorely missed; his life made a huge impact on all who met him.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick and from 9:30 am-10 am on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 133 W. Second St., Frederick, MD 21701 where a celebration of John's life journey will begin at 10 am. Rev. Dr. Steve Larsen will officiate. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick, MD.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s honor to Calvary United Methodist Church (Mission’s Fund), 131 West Second Street, Frederick, MD 21701 or Salem United Methodist Church, 12 High Street, Brookeville, Maryland 20833 or to a charity of one’s choice.