John Albert Brown, 56, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011, at Wheaton-Franciscan All-Saints Medical Center after courageously battling lung cancer. John was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on July 3, 1954, to the late Albert and Virginia (nee: Abernathy) Brown.
John attended J.I. Case High School. John struggled with mental illness most of his life, yet he never failed to share a word of encouragement and gratitude for his friends and caregivers. John loved the outdoors, especially fishing and gardening. He was always planning for next years’ garden. John loved to shop and pick out bargains at the thrift stores which he would invariably give away to his friends. John never passed up the chance to go out to eat, especially for chicken with his friend and guardian, Gerald Anderson.
John is survived by his many aunts, uncles and cousins whom he spoke of fondly, and by his extended family at Prospect Heights Community Living Center where he will be sadly missed. John was especially proud of the time he served on the resident consumer council of Prospect Heights Community Living Center and for his membership at the Racine Friendship Clubhouse.
A Memorial Service celebrating John’s life will be held at Prospect Heights Community Living Center on Friday June 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Deacon Howard Wirtz officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Prospect Heights resident activity fund, 2015 Prospect St., Racine, WI 53404 or the Racine Friendship Clubhouse, 2000 – 17th St., Racine, WI 53404.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
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