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21 S. Austin Road
Janesville, WI 53548
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John Nevins

John Nevins

Thursday, April 3rd, 1947 - Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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John Donald Nevins, age 72, of Janesville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 7, 2020, in Florida. He was born in Rockford IL on April 3rd, 1947, the son of late Joseph Gerald Nevins and Mary (Provancher) Nevins. On January 4, 1969, he married his childhood friend and soul mate Helen Lake in Rockford, IL. He grew up attending the catholic schools in Rockford and attended St. Procopius/Illinois Benedictine College earning his Bachelor’s Degree in 1969. He received his Masters in Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1987.

John started his teaching career in Illinois in Woodridge and in 1977 moved with Helen and their family to Janesville, WI. He spent the next three decades educating the youth of Janesville. He retired in 2007 as the principal at Van Buren Elementary. For the last 30 years John also worked part time alongside Al Fagerli announcing high school sporting events for WCLO sports. He always said it was the best seat in the house, “you could sit beside your best friend, talk about the game, and get paid for it.”

After retiring, he enjoyed traveling with Helen, volunteering for meals on wheels at Mercy Hospital, being a member of the Blackhawk Golden Kiwanis, a member of the Great lakes Club in Barefoot Bay, FL, an active member in St. Luke’s Parish in FL, and he even continued educating the youth of Vero, FL as a volunteer at the ELC. John loved to cook and attended the culinary program at BTC to expand his love of being a foodie. He also enjoyed attending theater, sporting events, art fairs, and just watching the pelicans on the beaches in FL. His most enjoyment came from spending time with Helen, his family, and his grandchildren. In January 2019 he and Helen celebrated 50 years of marriage and were part of the Diocesan Celebration in August.

He is survived by his wife Helen; 3 sons and a daughter: Michael (Jamie) Nevins, James (Kathy) Nevins, Colleen (Darrell) Shelby, and Joseph (Tricia) Nevins; 2 grandchildren, Randy and Maisy Nevins; Siblings, Thomas (Joyce) Nevins of Minnesota, Judy (Frank) Grochowski of Milwaukee, Michael (Cindy) Nevins of Minnesota, and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at ST. WILLIAMS CATHOLIC CHURCH,456 N. Arch St., Janesville with Fr. Jim Leeser presiding. Visitation will take place from 4:30 until 7:00 P.M. on Friday, or from 9:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Saturday at the CHURCH.

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Anthony Lovero

Posted at 08:59pm
All of our love and symapthy to you, Helen, and Mike and Jim and Colleen and Joe. John was a mountain of a man with a heart just as big. I so enjoyed spending time together and laughing and learning with him. My heart hurts for all of you but I know he's with the Lord and our mom in heaven enjoying paradise.

Barbara SMITH

Posted at 12:07pm
John will long be missed by us for the special Friday nights we enjoyed listening to his wonder non-byis football games announcing
We will miss the many years of friendship with him and Helen and family times Sorry for the loss of a wonderful Father, Husband and Friend

Adrianna Arch

Posted at 05:20pm
The world lost another great person far too soon! I am glad my husband and kids and I were able to visit with him and Helen just last October. He was always like a giant teddy bear to me and I was happy to call him my Godfather. Our hugs and prayers go out Helen and family. Love, Adrianna, Matt, Gabriella, Nicholas, Talia and Hannah

Lucille Vickerman

Posted at 10:18pm
Sadly, our human lives touch. Then we go our separate ways until some huge event jogs our memories. Thus it is, Helen, that I am immensely saddened to learn of your husband, John's, passing. My memory visualizes you competently and going about your duties as an RN in Rock Haven, but my memory also holds awareness of your deep love and respect for John as your husband and your kids' dad. I think this accounts for the fact that I remember you as perennially happy, taking things in stride, rising to whatever challenge needed to be met. I note that you were able to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary! Congratulations!
My sincerest sympathy, Helen, to you and your family! Surely joy in John's memory will brighten the days and years ahead!
Lucy Vickerman, Associate Administrator-Retired

Ann Lund

Posted at 08:18pm
I don’t know where to start! John was a true friend and colleague. My husband Jim and I were fortunate to have many experiences including dinners with Helen and John. We especially enjoyed those meals in our homes when John even complimented MY cooking. Traveling with them to Argentina is a memory we will never forget.

John was a sharing and supportive colleague and wise educator. He also created a lot of fun. Helen, I’ll never forget the Janesville chorus show with the 50’s dance.

John was a treasure who will long be remembered by many. Jim and I are two of the many.
Sending our love to the family he bragged about❣️

Ann and Jim Lund

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