John “Johnny” Glinka

John “Johnny” Lawrence Glinka, 62, Lawrence, died at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Mach 10, 2012 after a short illness.  He was born July 27, 1949 in Lawrence, son of John Louis and Charlotte E. (Rabb) Glinka.  Charlotte preceded him in death April 11, 1994.

Private inurnment will be at Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence.  A private memorial service is pending.

Born developmentally disabled, John overcame many challenges and illnesses growing up.  One of the best parts of his life began in 1992 when he entered the Work Enrichment program at Cottonwood, Inc. and began living in a Cottonwood residential home with other companions.  During his 20 years with Cottonwood, he was supported in living a meaningful life.  He truly enjoyed laughter and being with his friends.

Survivors include his father, John Louis Glinka and his wife, Almeda, Lawrence; sister, Charlee Glinka and her husband, Greg Shipe, Eudora; several cousins; and his entire Cottonwood family and friends. 

John’s family wishes to express their deep appreciation to everyone at Cottonwood, and to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital ER and ICU staff and doctors.  You are caring givers, one and all.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in John’s name to the Cottonwood Foundation, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

10 Condolences

  1. Phyllis Hess on March 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

    John will be greatly missed at Cottonwood.My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  2. Heather Thies on March 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of John. I will miss him dearly.
    Sincerely, Heather Thies

  3. Joan Van Nice on March 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    My deepest symphthy to John’s family for their loss. He will be greatly missed here at Cottonwood.

  4. Sheri Holmes on March 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

    John was an important part in the lives of many here at Cottonwood. We are deeply saddened by this loss and miss him greatly. We are all the better for knowing him, and I am so happy he was a part of my life for many years. My condolences go out to John’s family and friends.

  5. Kathy Long-Morrow on March 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

    John will be greatly missed by his Cottonwood family. My deepest sympathies to all he has left behind.

  6. Pam Richards on March 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Johnny will be missed by many here at Cottonwood. My prayers and blessings for his family. I’m grateful for the opportunity to get to know him.

  7. Eugenea (Genea) Wilson on March 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

    John & Charlee,
    so sorry for your loss. Just wanted you to know . . . I’m thinking of you during this difficult time.

  8. Maria Butler on March 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Dear Charlee, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you.

  9. Wendy Grant on March 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I will miss Johnny so much. I learned so much from working with him the last 5 years. He always brought a smile to my face. Miss you John-John.

  10. Teresa Knight on March 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Johnny will be greatly missed here at Cottonwood! My thoughts and prayers are with his family! He’s definitely changed all of our lives for the better. 🙂

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