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John R. Bukowski, age 78, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side.
He is survived by his children Mari Edmondson, Ray (Diane) Bukowski, Melissa (Christopher) Papesh, and David Bukowski; grandchildren Justin Muraski, Brendan Edmondson, Allison Papesh, Bailey Papesh, and Ethan Bukowski; great-grandchildren Derian, Kendall and Savannah Muraski; and three sisters.
He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Jane (Baker) Bukowski and his parents Raymond & Helen Bukowski and his dear friend Ronald Salski.
John dearly loved his grandchildren and coaching or attending their various sporting events. He loved playing golf, doing puzzles and spending the winters in Florida. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus # 12882.
A private visitation will be held on Monday, December 21, 2020 from 3-6 p.m. A prayer service for John will be live streamed at 6 p.m. on Monday. Please visit the obituary at bgsfuneralhome.com to attend virtually. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Minooka on Wednesday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in John’s name to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI), 215 W. Illinois Street, Suite 1C, Chicago, IL 60654.
John and I worked together at the Knights of Columbus blood drives at St Marys. He was so dedicated to that cause and many others that he supported. The absence of his leadership will be missed.
Peace be with you and yours.
Gerry Pubentz Dec 22 2020 12:00 AM
To the family of John Bukowski,
We extend our deepest sympathies and continued prayers for you during these sad times.
I was introduced to John through the Knights of Columbus.
Jennifer and myself considered John a good friend. If he saw us working in the yard,
we could count on John to stop by for good conversation.
He truly cared about everyone.
RIP John, you will be missed
Richard & Jennifer McDermott Dec 22 2020 12:00 AM
John and Pat have been our friends since high school. We dated together, they went to DePaul together and shared kids and Missy is Rons goddaughter. When Pat was alive we did so much together with much laughter and joy. Ron and John golfed together often, and when we bought a condo in Naples, John rented bear by and spent many years together in the sun during the winter months. He was a very nice person, great father, grandfather and great grandfather but also a great friend. Amazing they are together, golfing, laughing at their wife and friends and inseparable. I will miss him. Until we meet again. My condolences to his whole family. Love you John. Rest In Peace. Dotty
Dotty Salski Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear about your Dad! John and Pat were our neighbors in Ohio. He was truly a nice person. Bill and I enjoyed their friendship very much and have very fond memories . Your dad will be missed!
Carol and Bill Turner Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM
John and Pat were our next door neighbors when they lived in Ohio. Two very dear people. John wrote me a very nice letter when I lost my husband 12 years ago. I will never forget his kind words. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sharon Andrews Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM
John was a tutor in a reading program I headed in the Joliet grade schools. He was a dedicated, compassionate, loyal man and I valued his work greatly. I am sure his students profited from his guidance and expertise. It was a true pleasure to have known and worked with him. My condolences to his family.
Cheri Packard Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM
My cousin Jack (as we always called him when growing up) was older than me but I remember him fondly. He was always nice to his little cousins. I will miss him.
Billye Ann Jaskula Blum Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM
John was one of my best friends over the years. First meet in Woodridge and coached Little League together for many years. Later when he returned from Ohio we played lots of Golf. Trips with him and Pat to Las Vegas. Kay and I will miss him greatly.
Russ & Kay Jones Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM
My brother in law John was a loving husband to my sister Pat alway there for her to the end. Which I will never forget about him. Great father & grandfather kind soul. Heaven received a angel Friday and I am sure my sister was there for him with open arm. God blessed you John may you Rest In Peace.
Jackie Maslana Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM
John was my boss for many many years. He was not only a great person to work for but a truly terrific person. I couldnt have worked for a nicer man. My condolences to the family. RIP my friend.
Carolyn Dutkiewicz Dec 18 2020 12:00 AM