Deacon Janka “John” Valukievic, 89, born in 1931 in Zalesse, Belarus, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family. Married on Nov. 1, 1953 to his wife of 66 yrs, Nina (Woloch). Became a citizen of the United States on Oct. 8, 1957. Ran his own business with his son and was a member of the local Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers for 50 yrs. Was ordained an Orthodox Deacon on Oct. 15, 1961 at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church on Pershing Ave in Rockford IL and served there until he was unable to physically serve well into his 80’s. Survived by son John(Alise)Valukievic(Ben,Nick,Kaitlyn Howard), daughter Wanda Valukievic(Richard Chapman), niece Olga “Lola” Michalczyk and many other nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife Nina and baby son Paul, his parents(John & Sofia), sister Maria Michalczyk, brothers Mikalaj(Maria), Vasil and Alexander Valukievic, nephew Alex(his son John) Michalczyk as well as many in laws, nieces and nephews(Woloch, Urbanowitz, Kosoweic). In his younger years played soccer and spent many hours fishing with family and friends. In retirement spent time with his family and was an avid fan and followed all the Chicago sports teams. Special thanks to Father Jonathan Bannon for his continued spiritual support and home visits and to the Nurses and CNA’s from Mercy Health Hospice for their compassionate care of our dad. Funeral Service to be held at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave., Rockford, IL 61109 at 9:00 am on Saturday October 10, 2020. An 8:30 a.m. Walk Thru Visitation will be at the church prior to the funeral service. Sundberg Funeral Home is caring for the family.
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