John B. Barichello, 61, of Streator passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at O.S.F St. James Medical Center in Pontiac.
There will be no services held at this time. The family is planning a Celebration of Life in John’s honor later this summer.
The Solon-Telford Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Born September 7, 1959 in Streator, John was the son of Leroy and Irene (Brown) Barichello. He married Sharon Lucas on September 5, 1987 in Streator.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Barichello of Streator; sons, Anthony Kruse of Georgia, Kyle (Michelle) Barichello of Phoenix, Arizona and Nicholas (Shannon) Barichello of Streator; a daughter, Madison Barichello of Streator; grandchildren, Noah and Nash Barichello and a grandson on the way Leo John; siblings, Michael (Julie) Barichello of Streator, Lea (Chuck) Pinshower of Buffalo Grove, Stephen (Monica) Barichello of Joliet, Paul Barichello of Streator, Joseph (Cari) Barichello of Streator and James Barichello of Bloomington; his mother in law, Joanna “Joni” Lucas of Streator; sisters in law, brothers in law and many nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father in law, Jack Lucas.
John attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Marquette High School in the class of 1977. After high school he worked as a contractor traveling the country. He later enjoyed a career of over 20 years working for Commonwealth Edison as a project planner.
He was a member of the former Immaculate Conception Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church.
John was also a member of the Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council #790. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and family and was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus Golf League. He loved the Chicago Cubs and Bears. John coached his sons’ baseball teams through the years and truly enjoyed influencing them and the kids who came through Streator youth sports. Later when his daughter was born, he came out of retirement to coach Maddie and girls’ softball, which he loved just as much if not more than coaching the boys. He became an active member and eventually the President of Streator Girls Softball. He was integral in getting the league back on its feet after some tough years. Through his baseball and softball affiliations he made several close friends whom he shared many wonderful memories with.
John’s family was the most important thing to him. He loved spending time with Sharon, his kids and grandkids. From random check-in calls to frequent requests for either French toast or stringing his weed eater, he used every opportunity to grow closer with his family. John made a friend with everyone he met and if you were so lucky, he gave you a nickname. He was known for showing kindness and bringing joy to everyone he came across.
Memorials in John’s name may be made to the charity golf outing/celebration of life that will be held in his name at a later date. As John would say, “handle it,” and to his family and friends, “don’t be a stranger.”
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