John Howard Byrne

John Howard Byrne

FITCHBURG/OREGON-John Howard Byrne, age 93, of Fitchburg, passed away on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Sienna Meadows.

He was born on March 1, 1924, in Madison, the son of Thomas and Eva (Aldrich) Byrne. Howard proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Josephine Fumuso on Sept. 8, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Madison. Howard worked as a mechanic at Mike Oliver/Hamersely Stone for many years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local No. 139 and a lifelong member of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing cards, but his greatest joy was his family.

John is survived by his son, John T. Byrne; brother, Ray (Karen Smith) Byrne; sister-in-law, Ellen Becker; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; twin daughters, Jody Ann and Joan Marie; brothers, Harold, Cletus and Bob Byrne; and three sisters, Mary Lou Clayton, Betty Warnecke and Neva Cavill.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 North Main Street, Oregon, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, with Father Gary Wankerl presiding. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Friday.

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