John F Doyle, 81 of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with cancer on March 30th 2019. John was born July 10, 1937 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1955. After losing both of his parents by age 21 he and his future wife, Jan Ciemnoczolowski raised his two sisters and one brother. Meeting in 1957 and marrying in 1960, they became a formidable team for over 60 years. He soon became a bricklayer/stone mason and later, a home builder.
John had many hobbies and interests including: travel, especially Ireland and celebrating his Irish roots, caring for his lawn, working with his hands, and especially spending time with his beloved skid loader. He loved volunteering his many talents- especially to Immaculate Conception (secret door) and St Patricks.
John was a hard-working and generous man who took pride in everything he did. He was a kind and patient teacher who led by example. He lived a life of J.O.Y.- Jesus first, others second and yourself last. He cherished his long lasting relationships with his IC classmates, especially Jim Maher, and leading a prayer group. He and Jan were well known for entertaining priests, nuns and many others.
He is survived by his loving wife Jan, married for over 59 years, sons Terry, Shawn and his wife Laure and Dan along with six grandchildren. John will be greatly missed by all he touched.
A visitation will be held from 5:30-8pm on Wednesday April 3, 2019 at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home, 4200 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids. A vigil will take place at 5:30 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday April 4, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 857 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, with burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the family for the installation of the St. Francis Statue at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Thank you John
Go raibh maith agat