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John Pankovich, age 94, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Riley House hospice facility in Munster, Indiana. He is survived by loving daughter Tiger (Gino) Majszak, grandsons Matt (Kris) Majszak and Josh (Patti) Pankovich, granddaughters Julie (Bill) Dannis, Maggie (Jeremy) Welches and Carly (Andy) Olczak, great-grandchildren Colleen (Chris) Hiett, Jessika Majszak, Linden, Rowan and Lincoln Dannis, Colton Welches and Ani and AJ Olczak, nephew Mike (Penny) Pankovich, niece Marcia (Paul) Fotopolous and families and stepson David Walsh. Preceded in death by wives Colleen (1962) and Grace (2013), daughter Sherry (Pat) Kulchawik (2005), mother Pauline (2003), brother Mike (2001) and sister-in-law Edith (2009).
John grew up in the house he was born in on 138th Place in Burnham, Illinois. He graduated from TF North and went on to serve his country with honor in World War 2 as an electrician aboard the USS Independence. After the war, he continued in that profession for 40 years at Wisconsin Steel Works. His work ethic was a shining example to all that knew him.
Most heartfelt gratitude to "adopted daughter" Debbie King and her husband Mick for love and support, to Gail Lee, his loving caregiver and friend, to the Hughes family, to everyone at Riley House-Hospice whose care is beyond words, to Father Jacek Dada and friends of Saint Andrew's parish for prayers and support. A very special thank you to Jimmy Pietrzak, Dennis Miklaszewski, and Rich Paun-his Wisconsin Steel gang that never forgot him. John was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 330, Calumet City, Illinois.
Visitation Friday, October 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at Castle Hill Funeral Home: 248 155th Place, Calumet City, IL 60409 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Andrew the Apostle Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment Services at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Riley House, Hospice of Northwest Indiana. For information (708)862-4480 or visit castlehillfuneralhome.com for online guestbook.