John Anthony Stanzi, of Algonquin, Illinois passed away on July 12th, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. John was born on April 29, 1947 in Painesville, Ohio to John (Jay) and Lena Stanzi. He is survived by his loving wife, Laurie and three children: John M. Stanzi (Natalie and children Jensen and Luke), Anthony J. Stanzi (Shana McDaniel), and Nicole Nielsen (Dana and children Hunter, Gianna and Raegan). He was preceded in death by his sister Annette Collins and parents John and Lena Stanzi.
John was the oldest of his six siblings, Connie, Ricky, Paul, Joe, Annette and Tony. He was active in the community, drill team, football, altar boy at St. Mary’s Painesville and assisted in his family business, Jay’s Upholstery.
He served his country honorably as a Marine from September 1967–April 1970. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he earned the Bronze Star Award for his dedication and bravery.
His career relocated his family to Texas for 4 years. Moving to Chicago he founded Stanzi & Associates, which became Stanzi-Simms Marketing. He took pride in contributing to the greater Chicago plumbing industry. He concluded his successful career with Metropolitan Industries. His success in business can be directly attributed to his work ethic, loyalty and customer focus.
John was an outdoorsman and lived life fully with spirit and passion. He loved spending time with family and friends and going hunting, fishing, boating and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a proud veteran and stayed connected with the local American Legion Post 1231 and with his wife Laurie hosted the annual Marine Corps party. His family will attest to his high values of friendship and patriotism that he learned in life. If you were in a room with John then you knew, laughter, his keen sense of humor was abundantly present.
A Visitation will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 3-8pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home-10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00am on Friday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church- 111 South Hubbard Street, Algonquin, Il.
He will be interred in a family plot at a later date in All Souls Cemetery in Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Wounded Warriors https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org
I only new John from our membership with the Fourth Lake Hunting Club,being a former Marine I had respect for his character.
Loved your smile..I remember your laugh..I LOVE your family.
Our sincere condolences to Laurie and family...Our thoughts and prayers are with you
may John rest in peace.He will be greatly missed at fourth lake by his many friends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stanzi family. May all the wonderful memories give you some comfort at this difficult time. Sincerely, the Boards and Staff at the Plumbing Council and Plumbing Contractors Association Midwest
I am sorry to hear about John's passing. I have known John for over 35 years. We have had some good times together. My prayers are with the family
Sorry I'll be out of town and unable to pay my respects to John. As a fellow representative in the plumbing industry, I always appreciated John's friendship and contributions he made to the Plumbing Industry. My sincere condolences to the family.
We are very saddened to hear about the John's Passing. He was a great Friend, Mentor, employee and had a huge impact on our industry. Johns Smile will be missed greatly!
My most sincere condolences to the entire Stanzi family. I knew John for 23 years as a club member at 4th Lake, a hunting partner and a friend. He will be surely missed.
I have known John and his family for many years. I have always been welcomed hospitably and lovingly. John as dynamic and full of life and humor. I always enjoyed talking sports, the outdoors, and life with John. He and his family were and continue to be an influence in my life that I am so grateful for. I know John will be deeply missed by his family and friends, and I am honored to be a part of celebrating his life with them.
I will always remember all the laughs we had and all great times together we shared. One of the top people in our business, John will always be missed by everyone that knew him. Rest In Peace my friend.