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John Albert Monnier
February 13, 1941 ~ November 12, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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John Albert Monnier, 82, of Summerville South Carolina, entered God’s Kingdom on November 12th, 2023. He was born February 13, 1941 to Lynn and Helen Monnier in Chicago Illinois. John, a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather is survived by his loving wife, Teresa; daughters, Denise, Jennifer (Tom), Georgianna, Margaret, and Roberta (Brian); and son, John. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Patrick, Christopher, Eric, Eve and Colleen Shanahan; Fallou, Biram and Fatou Sarr; Luna Monnier-Cano; and Madalena Monnier-Reyna.
John grew up on the north side of Chicago and remained an avid Cubs fan throughout his life. His entire wardrobe consisted of Cubs gear and he was overjoyed when the Cubs finally won the world series in 2016.
One of the “Sheffield Boys”, John spent his early years participating in a variety of sports and working on his studies. John and his brother, Dick, worked the local paper boy route for many years and took great pride in this job. John attended DePaul Academy and DePaul University where he majored in Philosophy. In 1963, John joined the Army and served as an intelligence officer. He always said he felt the military training was great preparation for the future, but he chose to leave after a single tour to be there for his wife and young daughters. John took the CPA exam and earned the Elijah Watt Sells award for outstanding performance. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago after retiring from the Army and worked in finance at Kendall College. John was offered a position at the University of Chicago in the Comptroller’s Office where he continued to advance his career. He continued his love for working at universities and accepted a position at the University of Arizona as the Comptroller and Assistant Vice President of Administrative Services.
John moved to Pennsylvania and worked at Jefferson Medical College for almost two decades as the Dean of Finance. After retiring from Jefferson, John was never one to sit still, and he helped to build the program at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton Pennsylvania. John also flew to Dubai and assisted in the startup of a new medical university.
John was an avid golfer and a supporter of his children’s and grandchildren’s hobbies and passions. In his retirement he was a volunteer fire policeman, and he was on the Board of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America where he was honored with the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service. John was an instrument rated pilot who enjoyed flying small planes, was an excellent cook and in his youth was a marathoner and fly fisherman. After moving to Summerville he was active in the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. John the Beloved parish. John was known for his eccentric Christmas lights at his home in Pennsylvania and it became a Christmas tradition for families to drive by every holiday season.
John was a truly wonderful and deeply loved man whose impact will be forever felt by his family. His devotion to his family and friends means that his passing leaves a chasm in the hearts of his loved ones that cannot be filled. His ability to sacrifice, provide, support, forgive and love will be forever ingrained in all he knew.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following charities John was passionate about:
St. Vincent DePaul Society of St John the Beloved Church, Summerville SC Camp Fund - Northeastern PA Council, Boy Scouts of America, Moosic PA
Arrangements by PARKS FUNERAL HOME, 130 W. 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483. www.parksfuneralhome.com