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John J. Lennon

January 12, 1925 October 8, 2017
John J. Lennon
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John Joseph Lennon was born January 12, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to Irish immigrant parents from County Mayo, the youngest of 5 children. Upon turning 18 in January 1943, he received his diploma from St. Rita’s High School. He joined the U. S. Navy and went to Univ. of Notre Dame for training in the V-12 program until April 1944, followed by Signalman school at Great Lakes Naval Air Station. From September 1944 to May 1946, he served on Liberty and APD ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war, completing his service on Okinawa and in Occupied Japan.

Returning to Chicago, he graduated in February, 1950 from Loyola University with B.S degree in Accounting and Economics.

He married Rose Vietzen in May 1951 with whom he had corresponded during the war. They moved to River Forest where he lived for the rest of his life. He worked as an accountant at various firms for 35 years, finishing his career at Stein Roe Farnham Mutual Funds.

He was active in the American Legion, the St. Lazarus Society and several service organizations. He and Rose enjoyed travelling, and spending time in Florida, before her death in 2002. He married Joyce Tasch Zurek in 2006. He and Rose had 4 children: Rose Lennon Millet (Tom) from Silver Spring, MD; John Lennon (Marcia) from Mattapoisett, MA; Julie Lennon Russo (Dave) from Murrysville, PA; and Michael Charles Lennon (Jen). At his death, he had 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren

Visitation Sunday 5 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Prayers Monday 9:15 a.m. to St. Luke Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Catholic Relief Services ( are appreciated.

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5:00 PM 10/15/2017 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/15/2017 8:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Funeral Mass




10:00 AM 10/16/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/16/2017 11:00:00 AM
St. Luke Church

7600 Lake St.
River Forest, IL 60305

St. Luke Church
7600 Lake St. River Forest 60305 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Queen of Heaven Cemetery Final Resting Place

1400 S Wolf Rd
Hillside, IL 60162

1400 S Wolf Rd Hillside 60162 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Catholic Relief Services

P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21297-0303

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