Joseph F. Jonish, 82, formerly of Plainfield, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Joliet, IL at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home.
Joseph F. Jonish is survived by niece Nichola L. (Todorovich) Blowers, nephew Richard Daniel Todorovich Jr., nephew-in-law Mark B. Ferencik (Nancy+), great-nieces Amanda B. (Matthew) Zarobsky, Sarah L. Blowers, Lauren N. Ferencik, and great-great niece Dorothy A. Zarobsky as well as numerous cousins.
He is preceded in death by his mother Helen F. (Hauppa) Jonish Waclawik, father Joseph Jonish, step-father Joseph Waclawik, sister Dorothy M. (Jonish) Todorovich, step-brother Robert Waclawik, niece Nancy H. (Todorovich) Ferencik, nephew-in-law Edmund R. Blowers, and special cousin, Sister Anna Maria Becker, OSF.
The most important event of Joseph’s life was receiving the sacrament of first communion at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockdale, IL.
After graduation from St. Procopius High School (now Benet Academy), Joseph proudly served in the United States Army with the 173rd Airborne (paratrooper) and the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He reached the rank of Sergeant. After being honorably discharged, he was employed by numerous AT&T companies, which led to relocations all over the United States and Iran. Joseph earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Northwestern University. Additionally, he also attended, at the request of AT&T, Purdue University, Penn State University and Indiana University.
Following successful prostate cancer surgery, he served as a volunteer with Us Too International for 15 years in order to help others suffering from the same disease. In his free time, Joe enjoyed skydiving, fishing, and target shooting. He belonged to many organizations, including The Knights of Columbus, Good Shepherd Council 5573, Plainfield (4th degree), Moose International, Northwestern Alumni, the National Rifle Association and numerous veteran’s groups.
Special thanks to my niece Nicki, nephew Danny, and great-niece Sarah.
A celebration of Joseph's life will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at St Josephs Catholic Church, 416 N Chicago St, Joliet, IL with funeral mass to begin at 1:00 PM. Internment will be held at St Joes Cemetery on Raynor Ave. Cremation was held in accordance to his wishes.