John J. DeMunnik Sr. of St. Charles for 20 years A funeral service for Mr. John Joseph DeMunnik Sr., 88, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, Randall and Crane Road, St. Charles. The Rev. John P. Nelson will officiate. Born July 12, 1914, in Detroit, the son of Theodore and Marie (nee VanderBrom) DeMunnik, he died Friday, July 4, 2003, at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles. Burial will be in River Valley Memorial Gardens, Route 31, Dundee. On June 6, 1942, John was united in marriage to Bette Crosby. He was employed by Chrysler Engineering in Highland Park, Mich., retiring in December, 1979. A very talented wood model builder, he would build cars the size as they are on the street, from mahogany. He served in the Navy during World War II, sailing on the USS Clearfield to Okinawa and Tiencin, China. He was a member of the Fraternity of Elks, St. Charles VFW Post #5036 and St. Charles Moose Lodge #1368. Having never met a stranger, John loved golf, dancing, singing, playing cards and telling jokes. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Bette; children, Sue (Gordon Sr.) Leahy of St. Charles, John J. DeMunnik of East Dubuque, Ill., and Mary Carole (Roy) Orason of Roseville, Calif.; grandchildren, Laurie (Jeff) Nesler, Gordon Jr. (Megan) Leahy, Brian (Margaret) Leahy, John J. DeMunnik III, Abigail DeMunnik, Donna (John) Figuerda and Sharon (Kelsey) Barnes; great-grandchildren, Nathan Jeffrey Nesler, Tyler Lawrence Leahy, Madison Rose Figuerda and Sydney Figuerda; and a sister, Johanna (Lucien) Denys of Sterling Heights, Mich. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Friedlund, and a brother, Theodore DeMunnik. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today, at the Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., St. Charles. Contributions in Mr. DeMunnik's memory may be made to Hosanna Lutheran Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society. Friends may visit www.dailyherald.com/obits to express condolences and sign the guest book. For funeral information, (630)584-2000 or www.NorrisFH.com.
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Published by Daily Herald from Jul. 5 to Jul. 6, 2003.