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“We are sorry for your loss and extend are deepest sympathy.I Antionette(Witek) Sosinski cherish the many past memories of visits, More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Antionette (Witek) Sosinski - IN

“I worked for 20 years with John as a Tax Aide instructor and volunteer. He was sharp, likable and truly one of a kind.May the love of friends and...Read More »
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“John was a great guy and I learned a lot from him. Haven't seen him for a few years but he was in my thoughts many times His tax clients were...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Shirley Marrs - Wilmington, IL

“Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to John's family. I am the son of Mary (Pluta) Witek, one of Aunt Frances' younger sisters. I have warm memories...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Edward Witek - Chesterton, IN

“Very fond memories of John visiting with his parents and brother to our grandparents farm (Ignatius and Agatha) We lived next door and my father ...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Charlene Lewalski - Snoqualmie, WA

“I have very fond memories of John growing up. We lived next door to grandma and grandpa Pluta and when cousins visited we would all get to play in...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: SHARON HEROD - HOUSTON, TX

“Mary Beth, My condolences on the death of your father ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Beth Regan - BROOKFIELD, IL

“I have fond memories of my cousin John from when he would venture to Chesterton / Burdick, Indiana to visit his grandfather (Ignatius Pluta) and his...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Ken Yagelski - Virginia Beach, VA

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“Our heartfelt condolences to the Merwin family w/ love & prayers, Matt, Melissa, Dax & Myles ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Melissa Alger - Elmwood, IL

“I am the daughter of Genevieve Pluta Brueckheimer who was the second to the youngest sister of Frances Pluta Mokrzcki. My mom kept in close contact...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Connie (Brueckheimer) Ellefson - IN

“Dear friends,IWe've known John & Evelyn for about 60 years - ever since I worked for Com Ed at Ridgeland Station. I retired about 3 years after him....Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Dick & Lou Schleiter - Elmhurst, IL

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John Thomas Merwin, recently of Mokena, passed away peacefully at home with family at his bedside on Thursday, September 21, 2017, after 88 productive years. John was born June 23, 1929, in Chicago, IL. He married Evelyn Joan Obarski on May 24, 1953. She preceded him in death in 2011. His parents preceded him in death as did his only brother. Five children carry on the Merwin legacy: Janice (Steve) Brown, Sharon Merwin (Greg Spiess), Nancy Krabbenhoeft, Michael Merwin, and Mary Beth (Ken) Kaczmarek.Twelve grandchildren called John Grandpa: Nicolle (John) Glover, Noelle (Joe) Appleman, Kevin (Nikki Lamba), Chris, and Nick Krabbenhoeft, Carl (Nikki) Spiess, Elizabeth (CaHontas) Vincent, Jeffrey Heaton, Tracy and Casey Merwin, Nicole and Katelyn Kaczmarek, with nine great-grandchildren following on: Duncan and Rowan Glover, Cade Appleman, Pelle and Adelaide Krabbenhoeft, Anika Krabbenhoeft, Leah and Noah Vincent, and Landon Merritt. A proud veteran, he served with the U. S. Army in Korea. John graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and embarked on a 42-year career at Commonwealth Edison, where he held various technical and management positions in fossil fuel plants and in construction of nuclear power plants. Beyond his own career, he fostered a climate of pursuing excellence in his children as well. He retired in 1990 and never stopped moving. A skilled tinkerer with a voracious mind for facts and data, John pursued projects as varied as home construction, woodworking, mastering the personal computer, and scale-model auto and ship building. The family thought him a walking encyclopedia and he always had his facts at hand. Not content to stay at home, John gave back to the community through volunteer work, such as teaching driving skills for seniors for AARP, and preparing annual income taxes for seniors, both activities through the auspices of Senior Services of Will County. Busy or not, there was always time for kids, grandkids, friends, and birds of any feather in the Merwin backyard with Grandpa John at the grill, his booming voice cheering three generations of Merwin's in pick-up baseball games. John and Evelyn also loved travel and particularly enjoyed the northeastern U.S. and Canadian Maritime Provinces. And the Cubs! While born a Southsider, John (and Evelyn) became staunch Cubs fans...just a little short of rabid. Their heroes and gladiators had names like Banks, Santo, and Sandberg. John attended games until passing years held him back, but he never missed a game on radio or TV, and had the key statistics ready to pull from that voluminous memory. John was blessed to have his faculties intact right to the end, although his aging body eventually failed him. His faith and love for family buoyed him up in his last days and he went to join Evelyn quietly and with dignity. That's about all any man could ask for. The family is grateful for the care and kindness so many friends showed John. In addition, thanks go to the caring staff of Brookdale Senior Living in Orland Park, IL., and for the expert and compassionate care given by the doctors and staff of Sanitas Medical Group of Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, IL. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 2pm to 7pm at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox, IL. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Monday, September 25, 2017, at St. Jude's Catholic Church, 241 W. Second Avenue, New Lenox, IL. Private Family Interment Services will be held at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Senior Services of Will County or to the charity of the donor's choice. Info or 815-485-3700