John J. Driscoll, 76, of Fairview Heights, IL, born April 3, 1940, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away peacefully January 7, 2017, in the comfort of his own home and in the company of the ones who cherished his life beyond the power of words.
John was the oldest boy of eleven children born to Judge John Joseph and Mary Agnes, nee Lynch, Driscoll of East St. Louis, IL. He graduated from St. Philip's Grade School, Assumption High School, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville before serving in the United States Air Force. He also served St. Clair County, Illinois, in the Probation Office, on its Board of Review, and as its Auditor. Over the years, John belonged to many civic, social, and political organizations, including the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Some would say that he left this mortal world leaving every soul he encountered touched, but not bruised. The memories of the man that knew no stranger, nor enemy, will be forever tattooed in the minds of the fortunate souls blessed by his company, whether it be professional or social.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Patricia Sue Driscoll; his sister, Elizabeth Driscoll; his brother, Robert Driscoll; eight aunts, Kate (Frank) Doyle, Nonie (Harry) Wall, Eileen (Robert) Hanson, Joanne (Charles) Schaeffer, Ginger Brummer, Helen Lynch, Peg (Jack) Broderick, and Mary Jane (Daniel) Mongan; and a brother-in-law, Robert Cadagin.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Driscoll, nee Thien, whom he married September 22, 2005;
her children, Scott Rensing of Trenton, IL, and Robin (Gary) Griesbaum of Highland, IL;
as well as her grandchildren, Kaela Rensing, Drake Rensing, Megan Griesbaum, and Tyler Griesbaum;
one son, John Joseph Driscoll IV (fiancée, Katherine Lea Morris) of Belleville, IL;
four grandchildren, John 'JJ' Driscoll of Chicago, IL, Patrick Driscoll of Ogden Dunes, IN,
Ryan Driscoll of Belleville, IL, and Donovan Driscoll of Belleville, IL;
six sisters, Margaret Cadagin of Collinsville, IL,
Dorothy (Dr. Marion) Panepinto of Springfield, IL,
Sister Sharon Maureen "Marilyn" Driscoll SSND of St. Louis, MO,
Cathy (John) Haunschild of St. Peters, MO,
Maureen (Rick) Wylie of Maryville, IL,
and Sharon Miller Carney of Belleville, IL;
one brother, Michael "Mike" Driscoll of Belleville, IL;
an uncle, Paul Brummer;
17 nieces and nephews, Colleen Cadagin, Tim Cadagin, Daniel Cadagin,
Kevin Cadagin, Celeste Panepinto Marsh, Dr. Julie Panepinto Brousseau,
Michele Panepinto Mannion, Ellen Panepinto Meyer,
Stephanie Driscoll Barton, Lenny Driscoll, Steve Haunschild, Jennifer Haunschild Ulmer,
Lori Wylie Carrozza, Mark Wylie, Tricia Wylie, Graham Miller, and Jesse Carney.
The family asks that memorials be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 320 East Ripa Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63125-2897, or to Cure PSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, Maryland 21093. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, with Father Raymond Schultz officiating.