Jan “John” Molosz of Rockford, Illinois passed away Saturday, January 9th, in Clinton Utah, after a short illness. Jan was a World War II refugee, and came to Boston, MA from Belarus on August 9, 1950. He and his parents, brothers and sisters began their long journey to the United States in June 1944. Upon entry into the United States, he had a brief stay in Pennsylvania, where he found work at a farm. Jan then settled in Rockford, Illinois in 1950. Jan was born on April 15, 1930 in Belarus. He was the son of Szymon and Melania (Sachanko) Molosz. Jan married Polly Bulka (also a World War II refugee) on September 27, 1958 in Rockford, Illinois. Jan worked at Rockford Drop Forge for 27 years, then Ingersoll Milling Machine Cpmpany. He retired in 1995. He enjoyed outdoor activities, such as gardening, fishing and hunting. Jan harvested a state record-breaking 9-point buck in 1961, during a hunting trip with his brother Bill.
Jan is survived by his children Jane (Terry) Bond of Byron; Bill (Laurie) Molosz of Byron; Jim (Lynelle) Molosz of Clinton, Utah; Lidia Parfiewich of Rockford, nieces, nephews, grand children and great-grand children. Jan is pre-deceased by his parents Szymon and Melania; wife Polly; brother Bill; sisters Katia and Anna.
Private services to be held at Sundberg Funeral Home, with burial immediately following at Greenwood Cemetery.
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