John A. Venovic, 73, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 5, 2014. He was born on June 26, 1940 in Chicago, the son of John and Blanche (Pokorny) Venovic. Graduated valedictorian from Union Free High School in Wilmot WI in 1958. John received his B.S. degree from UW Madison in 1963 and his M.S. degree from Cardinal Stritch Milwaukee in 1987. He was a lifelong learner and valued education. He served in the Navy for twenty eight years, completing two tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired from the Navy with the rank of commander in 1988. He married Roberta Louise Thomey Thomas of Kenosha WI in 1967. He worked the bulk of his career at Rockford Memorial Hospital as Director of Facilities Management until he retired in 2001. He was a longtime and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He loved fishing, gardening, and spending time with family. He also was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He will be remembered by his big heart, generosity, and his willingness to help others. Survivors include his wife Roberta, sister Carol Husnick, daughter Cindy (Lee) Joesten, son Dale (Mendy) Thomas, daughter Beverlee Adams, son Stephen (Eiko) Venovic, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at 10:30 Saturday, April 12th at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church Street ,Rockford IL. Farrell-Holland & Gale Funeral Home, Byron Illinois is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Shelter Care Ministries or a charity of your choice. Special thanks to the nursing staff, especially Holii, at Neighbors Rehabilitation in Byron for their loving care.
10:30am Sat April 12, 2014 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St., Rockford, IL
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