Welcome to the memorial page for

John M. Salanik

April 1, 1954 ~ July 27, 2018 (age 64)

John M. Salanik, age 64, of Swansea, IL, born on April 1, 1954 in East St. Louis, IL, died peacefully at his home on Friday, July 27, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Geneva, nee Rowe, Salanik; his brother, David Salanik, and family member, Jeannette Johnson.

John worked as a painting contractor, owning and operating Salanik Painting from 1992 to 2011.  He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Belleville, IL, and was an active participant in the music ministry.  He loved his family, playing music, and fishing.  He had several favorite artists, but a paraphrased quote from George Harrison's family sustained him through his most recent health struggles.  When he was ill, George said he wanted three things when he passed; to be conscious of God, fearless of death, and surrounded by his family.  John, like George, had all three.

John is survived by his wife, Cris Salanik, nee McLemore; his children, Rachel (Anthony) Palmisano of Fenton, MO, Matthew (Elizabeth) Salanik of St. Louis, MO, and Sarah (Daniel) Cook of Kalamazoo, MI; his grandchildren, Jack and Mark Palmisano and Brennan Cook; his brother, Mark (Olivia) Salanik of Granite City, IL; and his mother-in-law, Billie McLemore.

Donations may be made to Catholic Urban Programs or to Community Link, City of Breese, Clinton County, c/o John Hueskamp.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd, Fairview Heights, IL.

A funeral procession will leave Kassly Mortuary, Ltd, Fairview Heights, IL on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. for a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Cremation will follow services.

Burial of cremated remains will be held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL at a later date. 

Charitable donations may be made to:

Catholic Urban Program
P.O. Box 3310, East St. Louis IL 62201

Community Link, City of Breese, Clinton County, IL

 Service Information

July 29, 2018

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kassly Mortuary
9900 St. Clair Avenue
Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208

Funeral Mass
July 30, 2018

11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament
8707 West Main St.
Belleville, IL 62223

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