John Albert "Johnathan" Pinczewski

Sunday 20th of September 1953 - Wednesday 1st of September 2021

John Albert "Johnathan" Pinczewski

Services

Visitation

Sep 8, 2021 (5:00PM - 7:00PM)

Milwards-Southland

391 Southland Dr, Lexington, Kentucky

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Visitation

Sep 9, 2021 (10:00AM - 11:00AM)

Milwards-Southland

391 Southland Dr, Lexington, Kentucky

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Funeral Service

Sep 9, 2021 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Milwards-Southland

391 Southland Dr, Lexington, Kentucky

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Interment

Sep 9, 2021 (12:45PM - 1:00PM)

Lexington Cemetery

833 West Main Street, Lexington, KY

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John Albert (“Johnathan”) Pinczewski passed away at home Wednesday September 1, 2021. Johnathan was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to the late Stephen Francis Pinczewski, Jr and Theresa (Niedzielski) Pinczewski. He attended St James School from first through eighth grades, then attended and graduated from Technical Memorial High School in 1971, with a certificate in Machine Shop. He earned an Associate in Engineering degree, Mechanical Engineering Technology, from the Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College, in 1975, the year his twin sons, Mark Albert Pinczewski and Andrew John Pinczewski, were born.

 After Johnathan had left the Catholic church to become a Methodist, he and his family moved to Nicholasville, Kentucky in 1976 where he enrolled in Asbury College. He attended class part-time and worked full-time as a draftsman at Adams Frazier and Anderson in Lexington. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Studies in 1980. As part of his Christian ministry he began clowning as “Professor Bubba”, bringing smiles and laughter to children of all ages.

 Johnathan loved clowning and balloons so much he started his balloon business, “Lighter Than Air”, Inc. in 1980. As part of the business he was a professional clown, Santa, fire eater and balloon decorator, and became known as Lexington’s Balloon Man. In 1996 he married Frances (Wright) Pinczewski and added his stepdaughter, Stafford (Hartman) Merk, to the family. Frances worked with him at Lighter Than Air, Inc. for 25 years and now runs the business. 

Johnathan loved spending time with his grandchildren and telling long stories. He loved Nature and the outdoors, leading to his large collection of fossils. He also loved collecting clown figurines and memorabilia, listening to calliope and band organ music and eating fire. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen Francis Pinczewski, Jr and Theresa (Niedzielski) Pinczewski; brother Stephen Francis Pinczewski III; brother Timothy David Pinczewski; and sister Marie Threse “Maria” Pinczewski-Lee. He is survived by his sister Virginia Marie (“Gina”) Finch (Bill), sons Mark Albert Pinczewski (Elizabeth) and Andrew John Pinczewski (Kimi), stepdaughter Stafford (Hartman) Merk (Austin); brother-in-law Joseph Pinczewski-Lee (Patricia); and grandchildren Trey Andrew Pinczewski, Bridget Sage Pinczewski, Chloe Elizabeth King, Elliott Spencer Pinczewski, Frances Auden Merk and Stanton August Merk, plus several nieces and nephews and their children.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bluegrass Care Navigators / Bluegrass Hospice at https://www.bgcarenav.org/more-about-us/giving/ways-to-give. 

Family request masks must be worn for entry to the services

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Guest Book

Larry & Judy Green

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We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Fran and and the entire family. He was a kind and genuine person. Although our relationship was business based, we always thought of Jonathan as more of a friend. If we can help in any way please let us know. He will be missed! RIP.

5 days ago

Tabatha Gannon

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Prayers for peace and comfort to you and your family!! It was my pleasure taking care of John and your family!

1 week ago

Kim and Chuck Roberts

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Chuck and I are so sorry for your loss. There are a lot of good memories of us all together when we were kids! Continued prayers for all during this hard time. We love you!

1 week ago

Jeanna

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So many memories. So many stories. He will be remembered. He will be missed. Rest in Peace

1 week ago

Monty Hinton

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One of the best . So sorry.

2 weeks ago

Pat and bob skinner

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Andy and mark aunt patty and uncle Bob Express our sincere sympathies. We love you both so very much. We'll keep you in our thoughts.

2 weeks ago