Obituary for John Cottrell Vignali | Ryan Funeral Homes
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John Cottrell Vignali

March 15, 1954 ~ April 14, 2018 (age 64)

John Cottrell Vignali was born on March 15, 1954.  He died peacefully at home on April 14, 2018 after a courageous battle with colon cancer.  John’s happiest times were spent in his cottage in the Northwoods of Wisconsin: feeding the deer, fishing and remodeling the cottage.  He enjoyed woodworking, watching documentaries and reading.  John worked at Orbitec in Madison for approximately 20 years as a manufacturing engineer and most recently as a plant manager.  He was quiet, mellow, funny, caring and adventurous.

His parents were Claude Vignali and Irma (Cottrell) Vignali.  He had 10 brothers and sisters, David, Lawrence, Carl, Wilbur, Ruth, Marian, Edie, Margaret, Jim, and Joe.  He is survived by his wife Debby and children, Moriah (Mike), Nathan, Gabrielle (Brett) Merkes, one grandson Roman Merkes, in-laws, Cathy and Dale Walters, and many fun nieces and nephews.

A private memorial will be held during the summer.

The family would like to thank all the people who prayed for and encouraged John and them during this difficult time.  God has been faithful!  They would especially like to thank the Lord Jesus Christ who conquered death and provided eternal life for all those who believe in Him.  “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm 73:26

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