John DiCristina
1932 - 2021
September 7, 1932
February 11, 2021

DiCristina, John

MADISON - John DiCristina, age 88, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2021, at Agrace HospiceCare, with family members by his side, after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Madison on Sept. 7, 1932, the son of John and Catherine (née Spatola) DiCristina. John was the proud son of immigrant parents who came from Sicily prior to World War I. He grew up in the Greenbush area of Madison, a close-knit community of families, many of them Italian. He had many stories to tell anyone who would listen about his life in "the Bush."

John graduated from Edgewood High School, attended one year at the University of Wisconsin, served two years in the U.S. Navy, and then spent two years at Madison Business College. He eventually found a job he loved with the U.S. Postal Service – serving as a letter carrier for 34 years. In 1973, he married Jane Kalton. They continued living in Madison, where they raised their two children, Anthony "Tony," born in 1974, and Katherine "Katie," born in 1975.

John is survived by wife, Jane; son, Anthony (Brenda) DiCristina; daughter, Katherine DiCristina; grandchildren, Addison and Joseph; brother, Frank (Nancy) DiCristina; and many nieces, nephews, and caring friends. Special thanks to nieces, Janet Burrill and Frances Kamp, for their faithful love and support.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rose (Carl) Maglio and Jean DiCristina; and brother, Joseph DiCristina.

A private Mass of Christian Burial and committal service will be held by the family at a later date, at Our Lady Queen of Peace and Resurrection Cemetery, respectively.

Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711, or to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, WI 53711.

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One of my favorite memories of John dates back to the time when our oldest son (now 29) was in elementary school at Queen of Peace. John would stand beside the garbage bins in the lunchroom with an apron full of mini Tootsie Rolls. Any student who'd eaten all of their lunch would be given a Tootsie Roll. If there was still food on their tray, John would encourage them to go back to the lunch table and finish their food. It was amazing the way the kids would clean their trays so they could have a Tootsie Roll! There was hardly any food wasted at all!
Lisa Schreiner
February 21, 2021
Jane, we think of you and John with much love. I always took myself and my life too seriously and John helped me to laugh at both of those, many times. He is an example of a life well-lived. He never lost the values of the old neighborhood. He took those values into the world and touched many, many lives and all ages. I will be praying for him and for his help, and I know he will help me. God Bless and keep you safe.
Craig Schreiner
February 21, 2021
Jane, I´m terribly sorry for your loss. I think of you often. Am retired at the Mound.
Pat BAUCH, op. (Freeport)
February 17, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
February 14, 2021