“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness…” -2 Timothy 4:7
John Andrea Petrovich valued nothing in life more than his family, his faith, his craft, and his word. John was born to his parents Michael and Verna Petrovich on July 8, 1934 in Ronald, Washington. He graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma in 1953.
Before enlisting in the Army, he met the love of his life Carol Ann, his partner in everything for 65 years. He could be heard saying daily, “ I loved her from the day I met her. We never stopped holding hands.” John held immense pride in being a hard worker in everything that he did, from working at Atlas Foundry to starting and running Petrovich Construction. He had a knack for business and was a natural entrepreneur, reveling in many business ventures well into his retirement.
He left a legacy by sharing his talents and handiwork with an immeasurable number of neighbors, friends and family. He found joy in staying fit and active, building friendships with those that he met on the golf course or in the gym. If you had an ear to listen, John would be quick to chat the day away, a relationship forged even in the simplest of moments, and one he would not forget. One of John’s favorite things was visitors who would just drop by. The old-fashioned value of an open and welcoming home. No appointment needed.
He is preceded in death by his parents Michael and Verna, siblings; Michael, Dorothy, Patricia, David and an infant son. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carol, son David (wife Karen), daughter Cheryl (husband Jim), granddaughter Jennifer (husband Michael), grandson Greg (wife Jaime), his 3 treasured great grandsons Jaxon, Keaton and Tucker, sister-in-law Diane and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma on Friday March 25th at 11:00 AM, with reception to follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to St. Jude Children’s hospital or the Alzheimer’s foundation.