John P. Jushka, 81, of N. Milwaukee St., Port Washington died Friday, August 8, 2008 at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Ozaukee Campus in Mequon after complications from a recent fall.
He was born on June 8, 1927 in Port Washington to Joseph and Veronica Bilus Jushka. He grew up in Port and served in the Navy from September, 1945 to August, 1946. He worked a few years a Bolens and then took a job at the Port Washington Electric Power Plant as a yardman. He always loved to be outdoors so it was a perfect fit. Over his 40 year career he operated the coal pile dozer and unloaded the coal boats, amongst others. He retired in 1989. Early on he and his brother Tony operated a small sporting goods store on Franklin Street. They later sold it to Bill Schiller.
He enjoyed small town life, life guarding at Guenther Pond, raising his family, scoutmaster, active with his church, the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Knights. He was a member of the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 and the International Association of Operating Engineers Local 317. He was truly happy amongst family, cooking and his flowers. He loved fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte, his children Anne (Dennis) Pawling of Lake Church, Mary Bohn and Jim (Dee) Jushka, both of the Town of Port Washington and Jane Jushka of Port Washington; 4 grandchildren Lisa, Matthew, Molly and Lars and his great-granddaughter Allianna, his sister Patricia Jushka, brother Pete (Jackie) Jushka and sister-in-law Ruth Jushka, all of Port Washington. He is preceded by his brother Anthony.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am Thursday, August 14, 2008 at St. Marys Catholic Church, 430 N. Johnson St., Port Washington. NO VISTITATION. Family will receive friends after mass in the school hall. Memorials to charity of your choice appreciated.