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John Christopher Sciaudone

Oct. 19, 1966 – Feb. 17, 2022

John Christopher Sciaudone, 55, lost his six-year battle with brain cancer on Feb. 17, 2022. He died peacefully surrounded by his family, his wife Stephanie and his amazing children, Sophia, Jack and Lauren.

He was born in Connecticut to John “Jack” and Sharon (Cade) Sciaudone on Oct. 19, 1966.

Mr. Sciaudone was the proud older brother to Jennifer (John) Burns, Allison Kozel and Andrew (Alberta) Sciaudone. Before his junior year of high school, the Sciaudone family moved to Marion, Indiana. As a child, he developed his love of sports, especially tennis, golf, Indiana University Basketball, and Notre Dame Football. Mr. Sciaudone was a member of the tennis team at Marion High School. After he graduated, he attended Indiana University and was a member Sigma Nu Fraternity, the Beta Eta chapter.

Mr. Sciaudone moved to California after college, and he coached tennis at the Clermont Racquet Club. Four years later, he returned to Marion and helped coach the Marion High School Boys Tennis Team to a State Championship. He also began to work with his father at the family business, Tulox Plastics Corporation, as the national sales manager. He was happy to return to Marion where he was surrounded by family and friends.

Mr. Sciaudone met his wife Stephanie through a good friend in 1997, and they married in April 1999. They have three beautiful and talented children, Sophia, Jack, and Lauren. He was so proud of his children and told anyone who would listen about their numerous activities and talents. Mr. Sciaudone was particularly proud of Sophia’s academic success and commitment to IU Dance Marathon, Jack’s athletic triumphs, and Lauren’s singing talent. Jack and his dad shared a love of baseball, which eventually led to Mr. Sciaudone’s involvement in Noblesville Youth Baseball where he served as its Executive Director.

Mr. Sciaudone was an awesome, encouraging, and loving dad. He taught his children the importance of faith and family through his words and actions. He never missed a performance, event, or activity that his children were involved in. Mr. Sciaudone shared his passion for sports with his family and they spent many hours watching sporting events together. The family attended many Notre Dame Football games and tailgates. They also enjoyed several trips to Walt Disney World. And Jack and and his dad enjoyed many, many rounds of golf on courses all over the country.

Mr. Sciaudone’s Catholic faith was of utmost importance to him. He was parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville, Indiana. His children attended school at OLG. And he quickly immersed himself in the OLG community, volunteering his time and making many friendships.

Mr. Sciaudone and his wife decided to send the children to Guerin Catholic High School after they graduated from OLG. He was a great advocate for Guerin Catholic and loved the Guerin Catholic community. It is an understatement to say that the Guerin Catholic community was part of his extended family.

In his last years of life, Mr. Sciaudone reignited his love of tennis and became the head tennis coach of the Guerin Catholic Boys Tennis Team. He loved coaching the special group of student athletes and shared his love of tennis with his players. He inspired his players with his words, actions, and faithfulness. Mr. Sciaudone lived his life by the Guerin philosophy, “Love the children first, then teach them.”

Despite suffering from brain cancer, Mr. Sciaudone always had a positive attitude and a smile on his face. He lived life to its fullest until his final moments. He was often described as a storyteller and a man of words. As a tribute to him, friends and family have used the following words to describe Mr. Sciaudone: faithful, brave, leader, inspiring, coach, teacher, kind, loving, caring, generous, thoughtful, encouraging, funny, and grateful.

Mr. Sciaudone was so thankful for the care he received during his six-year brain cancer journey from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also appreciated the support he received from his employer, Graphic Packaging, where he was an account executive.

Mr. Sciaudone found comfort in his unshakable faith in the Lord. He was a wonderful husband and father, a fabulous friend, and an amazing coach. He will missed by all who knew and loved him, and his legacy will always live on in his family’s and friends’ hearts and memories.

Survivors include his wife, children, parents, siblings, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents William and Frances Sciaudone and William and Lillian Cade of Norwalk, Connecticut.

A funeral mass in Mr. Sciaudone’s honor is scheduled to be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at 9900 East 191st Street in Noblesville, Indiana on Friday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. His celebration of life is scheduled to be held at the Ritz Charles at 12156 North Meridian in Carmel, Indiana on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Flowers or memorial gifts may be sent to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sciaudone Memorial Education Fund at Old National Bank or through Venmo: @ Sophia-Sciaudone