John A. Gedakovitz Jr.

Oct. 15, 1940 – Feb. 5, 2011

John A. Gedakovitz Jr. of Waukesha died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at AngelsGrace Hospice at the age of 70.

John was born Oct. 15, 1940, the son of John Sr. and Mildred Gedakovitz in Waukesha. He married the love of his life, Ann (nee Campbell), on Aug. 26, 1961. John was a telephone technician for Wisconsin Bell for 32 years until his retirement in 1994. He also was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. During retirement, he was an avid cook and took many cooking classes in his spare time, and liked model shipbuilding. John proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961 and served aboard the destroyer USS Abbott, and was a member of the Navy League, USS Kidd Association and Tin Can Sailors. He enjoyed attending the naval reunions. John was a dedicated member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

John will be dearly missed by his wife of 49 years, Ann; his children, Sheryl (Steve) Livermore of Waukesha, John A. Gedakovitz III of Waukesha and Susan (Rick) Ruzga of Nashotah; and grandchildren, Andrea, Ben, Sam and Emily – they will miss their beloved papa. He is further survived by his brothers-inlaw, John (Sylvia) Campbell, Dan (Pat) Campbell and George Reinbold, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Jo Reinbold; and brothers in-law, Paul, Billy and Jim Campbell.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. today, Feb. 9, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, Feb. 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Howard Haase will officiate. Entombment will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery with military honors to follow the Mass.

Memorials are appreciated in John’s name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111.

The family would like to thank Dr. LeMarbre and the staff of the oncology department at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their tireless efforts, as well as a thank you to the staff and volunteers at AngelsGrace Hospice for their care and support.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.