John L LaGesse

September 30, 1929 ~ March 6, 2019 (age 89)


John L. LaGesse age 89 years, of Bowling Green, OH passed away on March 6, 2019. John was born on September 30, 1929 in Superior, WI to the late Edna and Leo LaGesse. He married Mary Gidolf on December 27, 1952. They moved the family to Toledo, OH in 1967 where John was able to move his way up the “hawse pipe” and reached the rank of Captain before he retired at the age of 50 ending his 32 years sailing career.

John was an Army Veteran. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club in Iron River, WI and Lake Havasu, AZ. He was also a very involved and longtime member of the International Shipmasters Association. Much of John’s community involvement also included his grandchildren, who spent a lot of time by his side as he volunteered. He invested in his community, and enjoyed all the outdoor activities the Northern Woods and lakes provided.

John is survived by his wife Mary LaGesse; children: Louise LaGesse, Mary Grzybowski, Paula Jahns (Scott), Patrick LaGesse; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; brothers: Robert LaGesse, Gerald LaGesse (Janice), and a sister Catherine Skamarycz. Along with his parents John was preceded in death by a sister Joanne.

A Funeral Mass for John will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Aloysius Catholic Church 150 South Enterprise Street Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. John will be buried in a family plot in Iron River, WI.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory Bowling Green, Ohio.

Memorial contributions in John’s honor may be gifted to Bridge Hospice of Bowling Green, Ohio.

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