ST. JOSEPH — Attorney John L. Globensky passed away on Jan. 8, 2005, at his home. John was born July 24, 1922, in Benton Harbor, the son of Dr. L.M. and Clara Globensky. Following graduation from St. John’s Catholic High School in 1940, John began his college career at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. In 1943, John’s entire class was activated into World War II. He served as a gunnery officer on the battleship Tennessee until the end of the war. He returned to graduate from the Citadel, from the University of Notre Dame Law School and to receive a master’s degree in taxation from Harvard University. Upon returning to Benton Harbor, he began his law practice in 1952 with the firm of Gray and Gray, evolving during the years into Globensky, Gleiss, Bittner, and Hyrns. In the past few years, he has remained Of Counsel with the firm of Bittner, Hyrns, Riemland, and Daly. He has been active in his community as a member of the Foundation Board of Lakeland Hospital, President of the former Chamber of Commerce, President of Point O’Woods Golf and Country Club, a member of the Board of Directors of Intercity Bank (now Chemical Shoreline), a member of the Board of the Michigan Maritime Museum, a board member of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and a member of the St. Joseph River Yacht Club, the St. Joseph Junior Foundation, Rotary and Elks. He served many years on the Executive Committee of the Berrien County Republicans and as its Vice President. He was the general chairman of each of the three successful Congressional campaigns of David Stockman, member of the Berrien County, Michigan and American Bar Association. He loved to ski, play golf, sail, dance, travel, be with his family and to have a glass or two of merlot. He is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Janet (Mark) Zielke, son Jack (Ashley) Holton, stepdaughters Susan (David) Timoner and Anne (Joe) Caliento, grandchildren Mark and Elizabeth Zielke and Ian and Emery Holton and stepgrandchildren Reed and Grayson Timoner and Augie and Marley Frank. Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today, Jan. 11, at Kerley-Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Celebration of Life Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph. Burial to follow in Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice at Home, the St. Joseph Junior Foundation or the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Globensky was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Richard Globensky.
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