John Edward Kantorowski at 78 said "my body is giving out, packed a bag, saw lights and went home."
John Kantorowski was one of 18 children: Joseph Kantorowski, Stanley Kantorowski, Harry Kantorowski, Albert Kantorowski, Sophie Kantorowski, George Kantorowski, Elsie Jacobowitz, Frank Kantorowski, Valentine Kantorowski, Pauline Johnson, Irene Bang, whom survives, Walter Kantorowski Jr., Rich Kantorowski, Joan (Elvis) Balentine whom survives, then John (Kathy) Kantorowski, Barbara Gerwig, David Emmons, and Linda Cornell. John was born from Walter Kantorowski's and Hattie Wojtysiak's prearranged marriage. Walter Kantorowski was in Poland at 18, defected Hitler and started his successful farm with Hattie in South Bend Indiana's Farmers Market or I wouldn't be writing this today.
John married Katherine Zumbaugh July 20, 1963, who survives. 2 children: Bonnie Kantorowski, who survives with grandson, Cody. John Kantorowski Jr went Home November 15, 2017, leaving grandson Steven (Candace) Kantorowski, great grandson Lucian Kantorowski, and granddaughter, Kristin Kantorowski.
John retired early after 30 years as a truck driving Teamster. John achieved his Osceola drag strip trophies early. John became known as the Cadillac man, restoring old cars, winning with many of his rare cars at car shows, after living at Hudson Lake with boats, snowmobiles and horses. John was a trusted friend and officer to Pioneer Auto Association, Studebaker, and going to James Dean weekenders was his passion. John's gifted hands restored and painted many rusted out in crate vehicles, that sold and are driven in someone else's collection, all over the world today. John was gifted at frame off restorations as he was sought out. Retired Retired John enjoyed fishing with Cody and Bonnie frying it up as we did family traditions started at Hudson Lake in 1970.
In Honor of John Kantorowski's passion for old cars the family requests the car clubs, family, friends to drive their old rides, burn rubber and lets smile together. One last ride for John Kantorowski's Final Tour of Cars in his 60 Caddy convertible from Hahn's Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th St., Mishawaka to Sumption Prairie Cemetery, South Bend, on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 1:00 pm funeral service and car procession. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 6pm-8pm. In the funeral home
Johns daughter, Bonnie Kantorowski will be officiating, honoring, celebrating her beloved father's legacy before Jesus took John Kantorowski by the hand, a good and faithful servant rewards are stored up in Heaven where rust can not destroy it daddy, you are right." John Kantorowski's heart was looking "for a car that needed fixed or a child with a broken heart." There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. John 1:6 Thanks be to God for sending us John Kantorowski.
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