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.
Doris….our sincerest condolences to you and your family and the Driscoll family. I remember so many wonderful moments John and I spent together while growing up in East St. Louis. As I watched our daughters and now our grandchildren interact with their neighborhood friends, I often thought back about my childhood friends and the camaraderie that existed among us. To us he was known as Johnny Joe. We attended St. Philip grade school and then Assumption High School. We last talked at a reunion of Assumption High School graduates several years ago. John, thanks for the memories and God Bless.
Jim Huskey, Libertyville, , IL, 60048
Doris, we offer our sincere condolences to you and your loved ones and the Driscoll family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob and Marcia Meehan
Bob & Marcia Meehan, 4011 Chestnut Oak Dr, Smithton, IL, 62285
Condolences on the passing of my cousin Joe.
I have fond memories of him.
Terry Hanson, Charlotte, NC, 28031
My prayers and thoughts are with all of the family. A great friend and class mate for 8yr. at St. Philips grade school
Florence Ann Quick/Smith, Port St. Lucie, Fl., 34953
Please accept our sincer sympathy for the loss of your brother. The Scher Family
Wayne & Christie Scher, Belleville, Il, 62223
Doris … and all of John’s family …
Though our paths crossed only a few times because of PSP and the issues of our families around this illness … please know that we will keep you in our prayers and thoughts these days as you all adjust to life without John physically present …. bless you and all your family and friends … The family of Sandy Tiefenbrun and the st Louis PSP group ….
Anita Barni, St Louis, Mo, 63116
Our condolences to Cousin Doris & family over the loss of her husband John. A very sincere man with a wonderful sense of humor. Lots a good family get togethers in the past.
Denise & Ken Lake, Highland, IL, 62249
Doris – Sympathy and prayers to you and your families today and in the days ahead. Amber
Amber Beall, Rock HIll, SC, 29730
To Driscoll Family:
Please accept my sympathy on your loss of John. He was a great guy and will be missed by all. I apologize for not being able to attend John’s services, but want to convey my condolences to young John and Sharon.
Steve Kernan, Belleville, Illinois, 62220