John Garvey | Death notice | news-gazette.com
CHAMPAIGN – John Brendan Patrick Garvey, 63, of Champaign died at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021 at home.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday April 24 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark St., where masks and social distances will be observed. Father Joseph Donton will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Champaign. The visit will be private. The family are planning an additional memorial service this summer.
John was born June 21, 1957 in St. Albans, New York, the son of John Joseph and Elizabeth (Browne) Garvey. John grew up on the East Coast, primarily in Maryland, where he received a BA in French and English from Frostburg College. He came to the University of Illinois for graduate studies in Comparative Literature in 1978 and was a teaching assistant in the French department at IU.
On their fourth day in Urbana, he met Barbara Oehlschlaeger. Two years later, they were married on August 9, 1980 in Cincinnati. In Champaign, they raised three accomplished daughters, of whom he was extremely proud.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Barbara; daughters: Emilia (Errol) Packard, Therese (Mohammad Jawish) Garvey and Madeleine (Joseph Leigh) Garvey; four grandchildren, Miriam, Frederick and Thelma Packard and Dina Jawish; father, John Joseph Garvey; five siblings, Matthew Garvey (Emily Severance), Maura Kohlhafer (Donald), Peter Garvey (Laurie), Elizabeth Garvey and Stephen Garvey (Gina); as well as several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Browne Garvey.
John’s vocation was to teach. He has taught French and Computer Science at University Laboratory High School for the past 25 years, where he has enjoyed the creativity and dedication of his students. He was delighted to share French language, literature and culture, as well as taking French students on trips to all corners of his favorite country.
One of the most avid readers on the planet, he loved words, especially storytelling, etymology, and crosswords. John loved to listen to and make music, especially that of Ireland, the birthplace of his grandparents. He was creative; he loved painting, camping, hiking, sewing, calligraphy, escape rooms, and trivia. He tapped his own maple trees.
His greatest passion, however, was cooking, showing his love for others through simple dinners, holiday parties, wedding cakes and Christmas cookies, but he was always up for a challenge. culinary.
He has found great fulfillment in his faith, serving as a Eucharistic minister, singing in the choir of Holy Cross Church for the past 20 years and serving as a cantor. John’s love for his children and grandchildren knew no bounds. As a parent, grandparent, teacher and friend, he always put his talents to the service of those he loved. We hope to continue his life of service. Ubi caritas and amor. Deus ibi est.
Memorials can be made at the Holy Cross Church Music Fund, 405 W. Clark St., Champaign, IL 61820, or at University High School c / o University of Illinois Foundation, uni.illinois.edu/give-uni. Condolences can be offered at owensfuneralhomes.com.