John Michael Glemba was called home to the Lord on October 5, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he had built a happy home with the love of his life, Teresa.
John was born in Newark, New Jersey, on December 3, 1957, the only son of Ukrainian immigrants, John and Mary Glemba. John and Mary survived several years in a concentration camp before escaping to the United States, arriving at Ellis Island with his young sister, Irene, in tow. John was a proud American, and he retained a deep respect and humility for his heritage and the resilience of his people.
John spent twenty years in his dream career driving a truck. When he wasn’t on the road, he pursued his other great passion: counseling those who had lost their way and helping them find their true paths. He had a strong love for others, combined with a strong faith in God, and he touched many souls during his time on earth.
John was close with his sister, and was pleased to call her husband Roger part of his family. When he met Teresa, he knew that his prayers for a family of his own had been heard, and they were married on September 9, 2003, in Birmingham. John was also blessed with a stepson, Chris Baldus. He loved Chris like his own son, and he was delighted to be “Poppy” to Chris and his wife Leighann’s three children: Ethan, Adleigh, and Aslyn.
John was a man with many talents and gifts, but he found joy in life’s simple pleasures: spending time in his yard, driving his truck, walking their dog, Bailey, and trying to please their cat, Niko.. He fiercely loved his family and friends, and most of all, John loved the Lord. Though he leaves behind his treasured family, he also leaves behind the legacy of a life well-lived, in service to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and fellow man.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 15, 2021 at New Hope Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at usreyfuneralhome.com. Usrey Funeral Home, Pell City, is in charge of arrangements.