Michael J. “John” Dagostino

Michael J. "John" Dagostino

FLORENCE, Wis. — Michael J. “John” Dagostino, 87, of Florence, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

He was born April 28, 1931, in Norway, son of the late Michael and Lucille (Meress) Dagostino.

John grew up in Florence and attended Florence High School. He proudly served in the United States Air Force and upon his honorable discharge returned to Florence.

John married Barbara Vassar on June 5, 1954, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence. He worked for many years as a butcher for Rabashaws Grocery Store in Florence. John along with his wife owned and operated Lloyds Restaurant in Florence for 20 years and, while owning the restaurant he worked as a logger, deputy sheriff for Florence County and as an electrician for Commonwealth Power and Water. He served as Road Commissioner and Town Chairman for the Town of Commonwealth. John served as president of the Florence Lions Club and was a member of both the Florence VFW Post 3635 and the American Legion Meyers-Youngell Post 211 and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

He enjoyed hunting, making firewood, going to his camp and especially the time he spent making maple syrup with his son and grandson.

John is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Barbara; one son, James (Bobbi) Dagostino of Florence; one brother, Ernest Dagostino of Florence; ten grandchildren, Joshua, Jamie, Cortney, Kristen, Michael, Thomis, Steve, Tony, Fred and Dawn; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by three foster daughters, Dolly, Suzanne and Sharon; one brother, Ed Meress; and one sister, Theresa Bowser.

Visitation will be 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence.

Prayers will be recited at the church at 10 a.m. Monday.

Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Florence in the spring.

Military honors will be accorded at graveside.

You may leave a condolence or tribute for John’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.

The family has chosen the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home and Crematory, Florence, to honor John’s legacy of life.