John Joseph Ondovchik – Shelburne

John Joseph Ondovchik, 81, of Shelburne, died on Friday, June 8, 2012, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, with his family at his side. He was born in Montreal, PQ, on May 7, 1931, the son of George J. and Anna (Kustochik) Ondovchik. He was educated in Canada and in 1951, he was married to Ingeborg Margaret Wagner. She predeceased him on Aug. 16, 1997. John was well known in the community for single-handedly building the Driftwood Motel, which later became the Days Inn. This, of all his building projects, was his grandest accomplishment. He is survived by his two daughters and their spouses, Dianna Olsen and husband, Grant, of Shelburne, and Patricia Ondovchik-Serrano and husband, Michael Serrano, also of Shelburne; three grandchildren, Wyatt Olsen of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Alexis and Shannon Serrano of Shelburne; one sister, Anna Anderson and husband, Bill, of Ontario, Canada; and several nieces and nephews in Canada. He was predeceased by a brother, George Ondovchik. Funeral services were held on June 13. To send online condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Ronald McDonald House, 16 South Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

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