Giovanni "John" Cucar, our hero and patriarch, died on August 29, 2021 as he lived holy and hardworking, peacefully surrounded by his family and God. John was born in Vale d Istria, Italy on October 10, 1940. Shortly thereafter, John and his family became displaced persons as a result of the conclusion of World War II. In 1951, John and his family left Italy and travelled on the American military vessel the General A.W. Greely to the United States, where they immigrated through Ellis Island. After a short time in Eveleth, Minnesota, Johns family moved to Kansas Citys North End to be near Johns cousins, who had also recently immigrated to Kansas City. John would remain in Kansas City for the rest of his life.
John attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Northeast High School and later joined the Army. In 1968, John married Cheryl Brown and together they raised 7 children and have 38 grandchildren. John supported his family with his hands, setting tile for 60 years. John loved the Latin Mass, his morning prayers, reading the Bible cover to cover, and golf. He loved being an Italian and an American. But his greatest love was God and his family. His wit, wisdom, and smile will be missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Antonin and Maria Cucar, his brothers, Anthony and Levio "Lee," his sister, Santina, and his granddaughter, Clare Ismert. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Cucar, and his children: Stephanie Saum (Dennis), Michael Cucar (Jann), Johnny Cucar, Mary Ludwikoski (PJ), Catherine Ismert (Dominic), Christina Porto (Nick), Christopher Cucar (Sheila) and his 38 grandchildren that adored their Papa. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, Masses for the repose of Johns soul are preferred.
"For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:6-7.