JOVANOVICH DR. JOHN FRANCIS passed away Wednesday morning, January 15, 2014, at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida following a sudden illness. John was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 24, 1950 to John and Sophie (Kauzlarich) Jovanovich, who preceded him in death. He received his high school diploma from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Wayne State University. His Internship, Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases were completed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. John's career included many years as a clinician, mentor and administrator in the Henry Ford Health System. He also served as Medical Director of The Infectious Diseases Department at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint from 1992-1997. Last year John retired from his eight year position as Medical Scientist with Gilead Sciences. John was the loving partner of Paul Holoweski and beloved brother of Pauline Said. He will be missed by his dear family which includes four nieces and one nephew; Cindy Kolberg (Kevin), Annette Bernardi (Francis), Steven Said (Lynn), Donna Maske (Ralph), Nancy Parslow (Michael). He was a beloved colleague and generous friend to many who also mourn his passing. A Memorial Mass and celebration of John's life will take place on Monday, February 17th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliot in Detroit. Memorial contributions may be made to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit.
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JJ as we all affectionately called John was an amazing friend and colleague. His warm nature and sharp intellect made him a unique and wonderful individual. We met JJ when working with Gilead and became instant friends. We enjoyed seeing him and Paul in their new home in Ft. Lauderdale. We are so sad to lose him and know his family is saddest of all. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them in this difficult time.
I am sorry to her of John's passing. We were in grade school togther at St. Rita's and in Sacred Heart Seminary High School together for two years. In fact John and I drove in together for junior and senior years. Rest assured that I will remember him in all my thoughts and prayers.
We will meet again one day....fly with the angels you were so many peoples angel on earth...you will always be in everyones heart
I worked with Dr J at HFH for many years in a collegial manner, he was a doctor and I am a nurse. I always enjoyed colaberating with him. So sorry to hear of his passing.
John used to come to Iowa every summer when he was growing up. We couldn't wait for him to arrive on the farm. we had lots of laughs and did silly things. He had a real kindness even at a young age.
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. J at Mclaren Hospital. He was one of the most caring and knowledgeable doctors I knew. He will be missed!
the world lost a good friend and good doctor.....i so enjoyed his stories of his little bichon......rest in peace dr john
Many prayers and good vibes to Paul and the rest of John's family. He was a great doctor and a wonderful soul.
Deepest condolences at the news of John's passing. He was the penultimate gentleman of our age, and willingly shared his accomplishments and achievements with his friends. With prayer and lasting respect for Dr. John Jovanovich. Larry Kallie & Family
My thoughts are with Paul and all John's and their family and friends. When I think of John I think of his sense of humor, his generosity & compassion, his courage, his smarts, and his tirelessness. He set a high bar for being a great human. Hugs to you Paul.
Paul, We love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cynthia wrote this poem from both of us. The angels have our breath in their soul. One with us always. Their presence is mystified and existence communicated through our strengths and spiritual enlightenment. Their wings forever connect to our daily and giving existence. Love, Stephanie & Cynthia Sarris
So sorry to hear of John's passing. I knew him from his school days at St. Rita's, and was impressed and inspired by all he did to help in the medical struggle against AIDS.