John L. “Johnny” Speranza, 76, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Born Nov. 23, 1939 in Madison, WI, Johnny was the son of John and Bertha (Ahrens) Speranza.

He graduated from West High School in 1957. Johnny worked in the family restaurant, John’s Dairy Bar, in the Waunona Way area prior to joining the US Coast Guard, in which he served for 38 years.  Johnny married his high school sweetheart, LeeAnne Brandt, in 1958.  After his divorce, he had a long time loving relationship with Kathy King.  He worked for Case New Holland, retiring after 45 years.

A member at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Johnny regularly volunteered at their food pantry.  He loved sports and continued to play softball. He especially loved his Packers, Badgers, Brewers, Bucks and was an avid NASCAR fan.  Fond of traveling with his family, Johnny’s favorite places included Rainy Lake, Bonneville and Florida.

His spirit lives on in those who knew and loved him.

Johnny is survived by his children, Randy (DeEtte), Danny (Teresa) and Shawn (Eric) Hermansen; grandchildren, Andrew “AJ”, Zack, Nick, Emma and Tiffany; siblings, Irene, Joanne, Marcia, Phil, Tom and Kay.  He is further survived by countless friends, nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his loves Lee and Kathy.

Funeral Details For Johnny Speranza

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 5700 Pheasant Hill Road, Monona, with Pastor Kathy Gerking presiding.  A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 North Sherman Avenue, Madison and again from 10 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the church.  Burial at Roselawn Memorial Park after the service with full military honors.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com

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