John E. Ronchetti

Born on December 4, 1938 in South Bend, Indiana
Departed on August 9, 2021 in Melbourne, Florida

John E. Ronchetti, 82, of Melbourne, FL passed away August 9, 2021 at his home with his wife by his side.
He was born in South Bend, IN, son of James D. Ronchetti and Lillian (Zellmer) Ronchetti. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn (Bush), his daughter Robin (Daniel Kochevar) and grandson Kyle. Also surviving is brother Frank J. Ronchetti (Cheryl) along with nieces and nephews.

John graduated from Mishawaka High School where he played football, basketball and track. He held the school record for high hurdles for many years, and was the 1957 state of Indiana high hurdle champion. He attended University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend.

John was a long time banker and held various executive banking positions in both Mishawaka and Melbourne. He served on countless boards and volunteered for many organizations. He was always willing to help his fellow employees, clients and friends in any way possible.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be given to a charity of their choice, or Mishawaka High School Athletics, Attn: Dean Huppert, 1202 Lincolnway E, Mishawaka, IN 46544.
Services to be held at a later date.

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18 entries.
Lutfi M Mized from Merritt Island wrote on February 9, 2022:
Dear Christina, I learned today of Vito’s passing. Very sad news and I am sorry for your loss. Vito and I developed good friendship while at AJT and beyond. I lost contact with him after I left AJT. I am sad to hear of his passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Joe & Mary Ann Peter DeKever from Mishawaka wrote on August 19, 2021:
Dear Mrs. Ronchetti: Our sincere sympathies and prayers upon John's passing. He was a great athlete at Mishawaka High School, a great banker at Valley Bank and most importantly, a great person. Joe DeKever, Mishawaka
Kevin Edward Sullivan from Palm Bay wrote on August 18, 2021:
Vito I will miss you my great friend. Kev
Denny Schwartz and Ginette Poirier from Mishawaka, IN wrote on August 18, 2021:
Dear Carolyn and family: Please accept our deepest sympathy. John was one of my best friends. We worked together for many many years at Valley American Bank. John was instrumental in helping grow the bank to a major bank in Northern Indiana. We had many wonderful times including fun trips to Europe. We will cherish the wonderful memories. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Denny and Ginette
Dave and Susie Lehman from Elkhart,Ind wrote on August 17, 2021:
It is with a heavy heart, that we learn of John's death. Condolences from us to Carolyn and Robin. John was a true friend and a companion at work. We had fun at work and fun in our get togethers. Remember our trips together at Miami, Cleveland, Nappanee and elsewhere, what fun. Also, the bank parties and get togethers were a delight for us all.
Arlene Batalis from South Bend in wrote on August 16, 2021:
Carolyn, I’m sorry for your loss. We had such a good time when you two lived in South Bend. My condolences to you and your family.
Debbie and Dave Bistarkey from Micco wrote on August 16, 2021:
Carolyn, I am so very sad to hear of John’s passing. When he hired me at Southeast Bank , I was a young wife, mother and new college graduate. Over 42 years in the banking industry if anyone ask who was my most influential mentor I would say….John Ronchetti! A great friend and leader. You and John were a great positive influence for both Dave and I. I will always remember his booming voice….anytime I have been at the Chart House….I listened for it! Praying that God wraps his arms around you and your family and gives you comfort.
Alan & Pam Camren from South Bend/Mishawaka wrote on August 16, 2021:
Dear Carolyn & Robin We were sorry to read of John's passing in the South Bend Tribune. We remember you all from church and John's always friendly welcome and acknowledgement. Be at peace in God's care.
Pete Deeks from Merritt Island wrote on August 15, 2021:
Christina and family, I am so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Vito. A truly great man, friend and trusted manager. I am glad that he was serving the Lord through the Church and KofC as I don't know that he would ever stop serving and working for something. I will remember always his kind spirit, energy and willingness to get things done as well as his love for his family. We miss you Vito.
Bob Decola from Mishawaka wrote on August 15, 2021:
I was sorry to read of Johns passing. What a great guy. He was always so positive and upbeat. He was a friend to everyone and his infectious smile and laugh will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May God rest him well .
Joyce fox from Mishawaka wrote on August 15, 2021:
Carolyn I’m not sure if you even remember me and my late husband, Pete. Our relationship mostly through our shared friendship with Bob and Marilyn Wentz, but also with your counseling of a few of our kids at Penn. I was very sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a nice guy and you were a good couple, an example of what a good marriage is. My condolences to your and your daughter and to your’s and John’s extended families.
Bob Decola from Mishawaka wrote on August 15, 2021:
I was so sorry to read of Johns passing. What a great guy who always was so positive and upbeat. John was a true professional but most importantly was an outstanding person. May God rest him well. You will all be in our prayers
Phyllis and Jerry DeVorkin from South Bend, IN wrote on August 15, 2021:
Carolyn, I am so sorry to read that John has passed. John and I were the best of friends in High School and I will miss the occasional phone calls we had. Again, I am sorry to read that John has passed away. Jerry
Linda and Bipin Doshi from Mishawaka wrote on August 15, 2021:
Dear Carolyn and family, Please accept our deepest sympathy. Bipin said he always remembered his smiling face. We had fun in the neighborhood and you both made us welcome when we moved here. Linda and Bipin
Mike and Kathy Terry from Melbourne wrote on August 15, 2021:
To Carolyn and family, We are saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a good friend and enjoyed working together at Southeast Bank. Stay focused on God, as He will get you through this difficult time.
Bob DeCola from Mishawaka wrote on August 15, 2021:
I had privilege of working with John and he was a great banker but a better person . He always had a warm smile and positive attitude. My prayers go out to his family . Rest well big guy you were one of the Best
Terry O'Dell from Mishawaka, IN wrote on August 15, 2021:
Sharon and I were sorry to hear about John. John and I grew up in the same neighborhood. He and Sharon were in the same class at Mishawaka high school and confirmation class at St. Peters Lutheran church. He was always easy to talk to....a truly good person. We offer our condolence.
Dennis & Francie Beville from Parrish wrote on August 14, 2021:
Carolyn & family How sorry we are to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful, caring and true friend. How many great times we shared. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Rest In Peace our dear friend John. Denny, Francie & our family.
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