John Willinger

Jul 22, 1956 - Mar 9, 2014

John Willinger, 57, residing in Sandusky, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Cleveland Clinic Foundation after a brief illness.

John was born July 22, 1956, in Sandusky, to Albert J. and Peggy (Rogers) Willinger. 

He received his HVAC degree from Terra Technical College. John was previously employed by Sorgen Refrigeration in Port Clinton for 15 years, and worked at Cedar Point in the HVAC refrigeration maintenance department as foreman for the last 18 years. 

John was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Local 42 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, and the Harley Owners Group. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing at Resthaven, riding his motorcycle, barbecuing, and spending time with his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife, Donna (Nolan) Willinger, whom he married Nov. 21, 1980; his son, Joseph Willinger of Kent, Ohio; brother, Michael (Kathy) Willinger of Sandusky; nephews, A.J. Willinger of Rocky River, Ohio and Chuck (Falon) Willinger of Sandusky; two great-nieces; one great-nephew; several other relatives in Canada and England.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his in-laws, Lester Nolan in 1979, Sylvia Nolan in 1999; and a brother-in-law, Dannie Nolan in 1983.

At John's request cremation has taken place and private services for the family will take place at later date. John was able to give the gift of sight by donation through Life Bank in Cleveland. 

Those wishing to contribute to John's memory may do so to American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631.

Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory are assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at