Joe Mrosko, 92 of Pana, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born on February 9, 1925 in Pana, the son of John and Anna (Tokoley) Mrosko. He married Anabelle Sarver on July 31, 1948 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pana and she survives him in Pana.
Joe had served his country in the Marines as a Combat Photographer during World War II. While serving in the Marines, he graduated from the Military Photography School in Quantico, Va. and later went on to graduate from Southwestern Photo Arts School in Dallas, Texas. He had owned and operated Mrosko Studio in Pana for many years until his retirement and had spent many years photographing for the Pana News Palladium. He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pana Chamber of Commerce, Southern Illinois Art League, and Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois, as well as being a very prominent leader in Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed playing the accordion in parades and sharing that talent playing for area nursing homes for many years. He enjoyed making homemade wine for his family and friends. He also had a love of exercising, running, and weight lifting. His greatest enjoyment and love was his family.
Along with his wife of 69 years, he is survived by his children: Janice Marie Sexson and companion Hans Gawlitza of Shelby, Mich., Katherine Berner and husband Jim of Ramsey, Ill., Susan Mrosko and companion Danny Ginger of Pana, Ill., Jim Mrosko and wife Jackie of Assumption, Ill. and Carol Lantz and husband Mike of Springfield, Ill.; 19 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Joseph John Mrosko and John Edward Mrosko, grandsons Brian Brookman and Adam Sexson, brother John Mrosko, sisters Agnes Mrosko and Ann Fridrich.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pana with Rev. Joseph Havrilka officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Pana with full military honors by the Pana Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Friends are asked to wear purple at the service for Pancreatic Cancer in Joe’s honor.
McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. www.mdfh.com