He was born June 17, 1949, in Ironwood, son of Patricia (Erm) and the late John Lewinski Sr. He attended St. Ambrose Grade School, and graduated from St. Ambrose High School in 1967. He then attended Gogebic Community College for two years and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Northern Michigan University in Marquette in 1971.
John was employed as a cost accountant with Evinrude Motors in Milwaukee and Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, Wis., for several years, retiring as an accountant with the federal government in Milwaukee in 2011.
He was a member of St. William’s Catholic Church in Waukesha, and was just beginning to enjoy his retirement with his beloved wife and four-legged buddy Virgil. He loved being outdoors, fishing, watching football, doing crossword puzzles, reading, and cruising in his ‘68 Caddy. He was also an avid Vikings fan. He especially enjoyed time with his family, anything from Sunday dinners to trips to Disney with the girls in his life. John will truly be missed. We were all blessed to have such a wonderful man in our life.
John married his best friend and soul mate, Patricia Lipske, on Jan. 22, 1972, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Iron Belt, Wis. After 41 years of marriage, their love was strong. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Alison Lewinski, Milwaukee, and Jill Lewinski, Waukesha, and the love of his life, his two granddaughters, Haley and Chloe; his mother, Patricia Lewinski, Grafton, Wis.; two sisters, Lisa (Matthew) Wegner, Cedarburg, Wis., and Michelle Dusseau, Cape Coral, Fla.; an uncle, John (Mary) Erm, Marquette; two aunts, Madelyn Sobolewski, Grantsburg, Wis., and Evelyn Lewinski, Ironwood; nine nieces and nephews, Ken (Kim) Lipske, Kevin (Nicole) Lipske, Sean Boho, Tate (Kim) Boho, Will and Debbie Lipske, Nathan and Rachel Wegner, and Nikki Nunnink; brothers- and sisters-in-law, David (Shirley) Lipske, Sussex, Wis., Ted (Cindy) Lipske, Fond du Lac, and Darlene Boho, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; and numerous cousins.
Besides his father, John was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Terry Boho; and nephew, Rod Boho.
Out of respect for his wishes, cremation has taken place.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation in the St. Joseph Family Room at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 108 S. Marquette St., in Ironwood, with the Rev. Robb Jurkovich, celebrant.
Rite of Committal and interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Upson, Wis.
Luncheon will be served at Joany’s Sidekicks in Iron Belt immediately upon return from the cemetery.
To view John’s obituary online, sign his guestbook or offer condolences, visit mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.