John Jamnik, Jr., 99, died peacefully in his sleep in his home at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community on Friday, September 30, 2011. A long-time resident of the Waukegan area, John was born in Slovenia (Austria-Hungary) in 1912 and came to the United States at the age of 10. He served in the United States Navy during WW II and retired from U.S. Steel after 40 years of service. He was an active member of his church and belonged to several fraternal lodges and senior groups.
He enjoyed traveling the world and loved sharing his travel stories. An excellent cook, he attributed his longevity to home cooking and to regular exercise. He also enjoyed reading, walking, golf, bocce ball, and watching baseball. Most of all, John enjoyed family get togethers.
John Jamnik is survived by his children, Mitzi (Willie) Irons and Yanez (Yolanda) Jamnik; grandchildren, Justyna (Dan) Melehan, Karolena Jamnik,, and Jason (fiancée Danielle) Jamnik; and his great- grandchild, Daniel Melehan, Jr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (nee Banic); and his three brothers.
Memorials may be made to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 60607. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 6401 Gages Lake Road in Gurnee from 10:30 a.m. until time of mass at noon. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. Arrangements are by Salata-Gurnee Funeral Home. More information at 847-244-1155.
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