John Bohmke

October 5, 1941 - May 3, 2020

John Bohmke, 78, loving husband of Nora A. Simone, died peacefully on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at his home in Norwalk, CT. 

Born October 5, 1941 in NYC, he was the son of the late John Bohmke and Helen Zelko and husband of the late Sandra M. Englerth. 

After graduating high school, John volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1967 and later worked as a Terminal Manager for Getty Petroleum Corporation until retiring in 1998.  A man of many gifts, in his spare time John handcrafted furniture, pens and other wonderful treasures and restored and raced cars throughout his life. 

Loving father of John Bohmke (wife Marisa) of Levittown, NY, and daughter Dawn Doscher (husband Michael) of East Islip, NY; stepfather of Maria Simone of Redondo Beach, CA, Marion Heiss (husband David) of Westport, CT, Chris Simone (wife Kathy) of Port Washington, NY, and Nora C. Simone of Norwalk, CT; grandfather of Johnny, Matthew, Brooke, Charlotte, William and Michael; and brother of Margaret Kearney.  

Donations in his memory may be made to the Norwalk Hospital.

  1. Dear John… you’re gone from our sights but never from our hearts!
    Thank you for being a caring, strong, watchful loving Stepdad.
    I will love and miss you forever

    May 5, 2020
    Nora C. Simone -
  • I met John only a few times and although they were short visits I felt I got to know him. I saw kindness in him and a desire to help others. I also saw patience and fortitude. I’m glad to have known him. God bless his family and friends as I’m sure he will be dearly missed.

    May 5, 2020
    Cheryl M. Nicholas -
  • My deepest condolences to Nora and her family. John was a gentleman to be admired and looked up to. It is with sad regret to know that he has passed.

    May 6, 2020
    Rosemarie Nicholas -
  • I was fortunate to have met John only a few times but I fondly remember having wonderful conversations with him in Arizona for hours and truly enjoyed his humor, laughter and beautiful Spirit. I am thankful I was able to have that time with him and am sending love and joyful thoughts for his coming journey and new adventures as he moves on to his next amazing adventures. Heartfelt Love and warm Hugs to Nora for your loss.

    May 6, 2020
    Chad Warren -
  • “The sun, the moon, the wind, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace he’s finally found.”
    God bless John as he ascends to heaven. I will always remember him for his generous spirit and love of family. You are loved!

    May 6, 2020
    Maria Simone -
  • My sympathies to Nora and to all who loved John. He was a kind gentleman and an honor to have known.

    May 6, 2020
    Mary Quistorff -
  • Sorry to hear about the passing of John. He and his wife Sandy were our neighbors for many years. May your soul resist in peace

    May 7, 2020
    Linda Lamb (Iacono) -
  • When I joined Getty Oil in 1977, I had the pleasure of meeting and working side-by-side with John. We and our families became and remain good friends. John was multi-talented in many diverse areas, all which he quickly mastered. There was no challenge that John could not rise up to, meet, and overcome. If you ever needed an ally, John was always there for you. He was a perfect gentleman who doted on his family. John was blessed by having two great women as wives who loved him dearly, took great care of him, and lived as one with him. John was the complete package. He will be sorely missed by Nora, his children, step-children, in-laws, grandchildren and the many close friends that John made throughout the years. I am forever grateful of having had the opportunity of making John’s acquaintance, befriending John, and maintaining a long-term continuous friendship with John. One of the best things, was that you knew where you stood with John. He would not hesitate to tell you the way things were – he was usually right-on-target. I will miss his friendship.

    May 8, 2020
    Thomas Ganiaris and family -
  • Dear grandpa,

    Your soul will prosper throughout all of those that love you. One of my favorite people. Such a great man that continues to be appreciated till this very day. You are not forgotten, and I hope that you are proud of the man i’ve become thus far. I miss you grandpa.

    May 9, 2020
    Michael Heiss -
  • Dear Grandpa,
    We will always remember all of the wonderful times we spent together. We will love you and miss you forever. You are forever in our hearts.
    Johnny and Matthew

    May 10, 2020
    Johnny and Matthew bohmke -
  • Nora and family – our hearts were broken when we heard of John’s passing. He was a wonderful man, terrific husband, great father and grandfather and a wonderful friend to all who knew him. We were lucky enough to have attended their wedding and saw how wonderful the two of them were together; they indeed complimented each other. Sending all our thoughts, prayers and love to you and the entire family. May all your wonderful memories help sustain you during this time.

    May 12, 2020
    Sue and Chuck Kraus -
  • My husband & I met John when he fell in love with my dear friend Nora. He was such a good, kind man. Always made us feel so welcome when we visited them in Connecticut. I will never forget how he had been on a fishing trip when our daughter-in-law’s wake was being held. He & Nora took the long ride down to Long Island to come pay their respect. To me, that was so meaningful & special. We will miss him so much!!! He truly loved Nora & both her family & his wn family, of course. Nora, hold tight to all your precious memories you made together. We love you.

    May 12, 2020
    Kathleen & Bill Parkinson -
  • My Uncle John was a fixture in my life for as far back as I remember. I will miss talking to him and hearing his thoughts and wisdom about life.

    May 13, 2020
    Thomas Kearney -
  • Nora and family: It saddens me know that John has passed on. The world was most certainly a better place with John in it.
    I was blessed to work directly for John at Getty Petroleum for 10 years. He was not just my boss but he became a wonderful friend.
    My heartfelt condolences go out to his friends and family. May you fly with the angels John. Until we meet again, RIP.

    May 21, 2020
    Rosemarie Barratt -
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