John Jarosinski

John A. Jarosinski, a Baltimore businessman who was an active member of several veterans organizations, died Thursday of cancer and a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 88.

The White Marsh resident had earlier lived in Govans for 30 years.


Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, John Adam Jarosinski was a 1942 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. After graduating from high school, he worked at General Motors' Eastern Aircraft Division in Baltimore, before enlisting in the Navy in 1943.

Mr. Jarosinski served at Grande Island at Subic Bay in the Philippines, helping establish a fleet recreation site on the island.

After being discharged in 1946, he worked at the old Chevrolet plant on Broening Highway while attending the University of Baltimore on the G.I. Bill.

In the early 1950s, he worked for Baltimore Contractors Inc. as an office manager, and later joined F&S Masonry Contractors in the same capacity.

When the company closed, he became office manager at Colmar Garden Apartments on Cold Spring Lane, and then was comptroller of the Belvedere Hotel after its restoration during the 1970s, when it was owned by Victor Frenkil.

Mr. Jarosinski had been secretary-treasurer and managing director of the Eagle Building & Loan Association on Eastern Avenue, which he helped convert into a savings and loan during the 1980s. In 2003, he helped merge the credit union into the Municipal Employees Credit Union.

He also worked with his father's company, Simon P. Jarosinski Real Estate and Insurance, selling insurance until recent years.

Mr. Jarosinski had been an active member and department commander for Maryland of the Catholic War Veterans. He helped establish a post at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Highlandtown in the 1950s and had been commander of St. Patrick's CWV Post 766.

He had also been a member and commander of American Legion Gen. Joseph Haller Post 95, where he had been treasurer for 60 years.

Mr. Jarosinski had been a member of the Maryland Veterans Commission and Joint Veterans Commission, was a board member of the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, and served on the War Memorial Commission.

He volunteered at the veterans hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard and at Fort Howard, where he hosted parties for veterans and took them to Mass on Sundays, and frequently testified in Annapolis on veterans affairs.

Mr. Jarosinski was a parishioner of Holy Rosary Church, 408 S. Chester St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Regina Ferguson; three sons, John M. Jarosinski of Wilmington, N.C., Russell S. Jarosinski of Texarkana, Texas, and Jeffrey M. Jarosinski of Budd, Va.; four daughters, Judith M. Henderson of Perry Hall, Kathleen Jarosinski of Catonsville, Janet Grant of Bel Air and Jean M. Peroutka of Foster City, Calif.; a brother, Jerry Jarosinski of Sparks, 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.