John F. Spicuzza, 1955

Fall 2016 (September 21, 2016)

John F. Spicuzza died April 20, 2016, at Hospice House of Citrus County in the company of a small circle of family and friends. He contended well, long, and valiantly against cancer for 10 years. John is survived by his wife Sandy (Javers) Spicuzza, his own two children Thomas and Elizabeth, grandchildren, three step children, beloved neighbors and friends in Milwaukee, Wis., and Hernando, Fla. John enjoyed a noteworthy career in high school sports and beyond holding Wisconsin state records in football, baseball and track. In addition, John played AAA baseball for the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago White Sox and had a season high batting average of .388. He graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1953 and received a master’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He pursued his passion for coaching in Arena, Oshkosh, Madison, and Boulder, Colo., before starting a family in Brookfield, Wis., and building a successful insurance business. Fulfilling a long time dream, he and Sandy retired to Florida, played golf, volunteered, gave generously to organizations supporting those with mental and physical challenges, and built an extensive base of friends. John had his own fan club at the neighborhood workout facility he visited almost daily. The group was vital in his care, support, and love especially as his health started fading. We thank and bless you, each and every one. A service in John's honor and memory was held in Hernando, Fla., his home for the last 17 years, on April 30 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Hwy. Hernando, FL 34442.