John E. Bischoff, 1946-2021

On February 17th, 2021, John E. Bischoff, Jr. passed away in Leesburg, VA surrounded by his family.

He was born in Peekskill, NY on July 22, 1946 to John “Jack” and Marion Bischoff. He graduated from Peekskill HS in 1964 and served in the United States Marine Corps until 1968.

He married his wife of 54 years, Paula Surak, at Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in 1966.

John worked at IBM for 27 years before moving to Northern Virginia in 1995, working at America Online until 2001 where he served as Vice-President. He achieved a BBA from Pace University, an MBA in Finance from Long Island University, an MS in Telecommunications Management from Polytechnic University, and a Doctor of Science in Engineering Management from The George Washington University. John was very involved in his community, as a volunteer firefighter with Centennial Hose in Peekskill NY, and as a founder of the Cortlandt Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Montrose, NY. His compassion for helping people transferred into the classroom, as a professor at Northern Virginia Community College and George Washington University in Virginia. He always shared wisdom and encouragement with everyone he met. 

John is survived by his wife, Paula of Leesburg, VA, children Christina (Matthew) Marro of Putnam Valley, NY, Victoria (Mark) McCaffrey of Purcellville, VA, John (Danielle) Bischoff III of Sterling, VA, and Patrick (Sarah) Bischoff of Leesburg, VA. Brother Martin (Barbara) Bischoff and sister Kathleen Minnerly. John was preceded in death by his sisters Maryellen Roberts and Denise Gagliardi and granddaughter, Kendall Bischoff. His love for traveling and spending time with his 11 grandchildren will forever be remembered. 

A memorial service for John will be held at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg, VA on Monday, February 22nd at 10 am.

In place of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

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