John Andrew Storcel, 97, of North Riverside and St. Germain, Wisconsin, died on Feb. 25, 2020.
Born in Kos, Czechoslovakia on June 25, 1922 to Adam and Suzanne, he came to the United States with his family in 1926 and settled in Chicago. At age of 6 he, with his younger brother, peddled newspapers sold firewood to neighbors in the Lawndale-Crawford area of the city.
They also rode the streetcar and walked to the western suburbs where they caddied at the Indian Head Golf Course, earning 62 cents for a round of 18 holes. They spent many Saturday nights sleeping under the stars in the Lyonsville Cemetery at Joliet and Wolf Roads to avoid having to make the long trip back to the course on Sunday morning. He attended the Blessed Agnes School and Farragut High School.
Mr. Storcel served his country in World War II, first stateside guarding prisoners of war, then in England, France and Belgium. He was assigned to the 783rd Military Police Battalion and attached to the 5th and 6th Special Engineer Brigade.
His ship left England on June 6, 1944 and Mr. Storcel saw action in Normandy and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge
After completing an apprenticeship after the war, Mr. Storcel co-founded and served as president of Cortland Electric Company. Later he co-founded Jan Electric Company with his wife, Geraldine, and served as its chairman until the time of his death.
A longtime businessman, he served as a director on various boards related to the banking industry and he was active in his community as well as local and national politics.
Mr. Storcel was a former Riverside Township precinct captain and attended inaugural events in Washington, D.C., and Springfield. As an avid golfer and fresh water and deep-sea fisherman, he enjoyed his many trips to fish the waters of the Florida Keys and to golf its beautiful courses.
He had a log home in Northern Wisconsin, where he enjoyed watching the wildlife, especially the deer who grazed on the property nightly. Mr. Storcel faithfully watched the Blackhawks, the Packers and the PGA.
Mr. Storcel was a longtime member of the Riverside Golf Club and past president of the Ceska Beseda Social Club. He served as delegate director of Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility (formerly, the Bohemian Home for the Aged).
He was also a member the Riverside Masonic Lodge No. 862, the Dobrovsky Masonic Social Club, the Riverside Township Lions Club, American Legion Post #488, the Riverside-North Riverside Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 6869, and Lodge Jan Hus-Cesky Lev No. 91of CSA.
Mr. Storcel was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of nearly 64 years, Geraldine (nee Jelinek). He was the father of Marilyn (Joseph) Moore, Susan, Janet (Frank) Podczerwinski and Deborah (Scott) Korinek; the grandfather of Joseph (Stephanie) Moore, Megan (Chad) Ziller, Caroline (Brandon) Klingenmaier, Matthew (Korrin) Moore, Cecilia Podczerwinski, Scotty Korinek, Adam Korinek, Clare Podczerwinski, Mark Korinek and Mary Korinek; great-grandfather of Garrett Ziller, Zane Moore, Colton Ziller, Kaylee Moore, Veronica Ziller, Matthew Moore Jr., Samuel Moore and Lucas Klingenmaier and the late Victoria Grace Ziller; brother to Margaret (late Col. James) Kucera and the late Ann Dunleavy, Anton and Joseph; and the uncle of many nephews and nieces.
Family and friends will be received at Conboy Westchester Funeral Home at 10501 W. Cermak Rd. in Westchester on Friday March 6 from 3 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass with military honors will be celebrated at Mater Christi Church, 2401 10th Ave. in North Riverside at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7. Entombment is at the family mausoleum at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. A
Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.