JM Brucker

NEW LENOX — John Mills Brucker passed away on the morning of Aug. 17, 2020, during his morning swim with his partner, Jodi Maxstadt.

For those who would like to join family and friends for a final toast to John Mills Brucker, there will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Mount Calvary Cemetery, 2000 E. Court St., Kankakee.

Family and friends will gather at John and Carol’s gravesite at the far end of the cemetery beginning around 10:15 a.m. The service will be held outdoors rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.

Masks and social distancing are mandatory.

Although the current health crisis prohibits the family from hosting a gathering afterwards to further celebrate John’s life, they hope everyone will reminisce in small groups safely.

“Our wish is to be able to get together to share stories and memories at a later date. Thank you for your understanding,” the family said.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., John became an adopted son of the Chicago area where he fulfilled his lifelong passion for learning and educating.

A graduate of Phoenix Country Day School in Arizona, John taught at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School while attending the University of Illinois in the evenings until his graduation. He continued his studies at Governors State University and his teaching career at Plainfield North High School and Plainfield Central High School.

John created a life with his wife, Carol Brucker, and lovingly cared for her until she succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease.

He is survived by his partner, Jodi Maxstadt; his daughter, Kristin Brucker; and his siblings, Lucie Mills, Jay Mills, Leslie Skarecky and Mary Brammer.

John will be remembered as a devoted caregiver, teacher, fixer of cars, helper of those in need and lover of life.

To honor John’s life, please consider making a donation to either Save the Children or The Alzheimer’s Association.