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John J. Giliberto
John J. Giliberto, 77, of Crivitz, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
He was born in West Terre Haute, Indiana on Nov. 17, 1934 to the late Virginia Mae (Summers) and Joseph Giliberto. On Feb. 5, 1971 he was united in marriage to Brenda (Melvin). John proudly served 7 years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
As a young child, John worked on a poultry farm; after spending his childhood years in the Chicago area he was an Auto body Repairman of 40 plus years, priding himself on full body restoration of Antique Cars. He also owned and operated various businesses including body shops and supper clubs. His passions were hunting, fishing, gardening, making wine, wood carving, music, dancing and painting wildlife and landscape portraits. Most of all, John loved living life to its fullest, entertaining and cooking for his special friends and neighbors.
Surviving are his loving wife, Brenda; sister, Amanda (Ken) Seitz of Pueblo West, CO; sons, Joseph (Barbara) Giliberto of Waukesha, WI; Matthew (Ginger) Giliberto of Janesville, WI; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Gloria Miller of Maryville, TN and Jamie Melvin of Calhoun, TN; brothers-in-law, Terry (Chris) Melvin of Westmont, IL, Rod (Sandra) Melvin of Maryville, TN and Steve Miller of Maryville, TN.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Joseph Giliberto; maternal grandparents, John and Amanda Summers of West Terre Haute, IN; paternal grandparents, Congetta and Giosue Giliberto of Palermo, Italy; sister, Joan Smith and brother-in-law, Brian Smith of Justice, IL; infant grandson, Jimmy; mother and father-in-law, Raymond G., Sr. and Macie Melvin of Maryville, TN; brother-in-law, Raymond G. Melvin, Jr. of Calhoun, TN; and sister-in-law, Sharon Melvin of Romeoville, IL.
There will be a celebration of Johns life held at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed and a video tribute viewed at www.rhodescharapata.com.