John Fitzgerald Polfus, 55, of Virginia Beach, died Monday, March 9, 2020.
John was born at Great Lakes Naval Station, North Chicago, Illinois. Although John was born with Down syndrome, his personal achievements were many. He ushered at the Mass for St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church for 17 years, acted as an altar boy for the chapel at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Oceana, for 9 years and worked 15 years for Lillian Vernon and 13 more dedicated years of service to Beach Packaging.
John participated in the Special Olympics most of his young years, winning 27 Gold Medals, 17 Silver Medals, many ribbons and other trophies and certificate-of-achievement awards.
John is survived by his mother and father, Muriel R. Polfus and Robert E. Polfus; brother, Robert F.; sister, Rhonda Ellen, and her husband, John; and his younger brother, Edward J., and hsiwife, Noel. John was engaged to Michele Levine for 38 years.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Princess Anne Chapel. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 12, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Virginia Beach Special Olympics in his name.
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