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Official Obituary of: John J. Unterweger 01/24/2021

John J. Unterweger 01/24/2021

John Jacob Unterweger, 40, of Westwood, formerly of Plainville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

 

Born in Providence, RI on August 25, 1980, John contracted a virus as an infant which left him severely disabled. He was unable to walk or talk, but with his incredible smile he could light up the world.

 

He loved riding in his van and going shopping with his mom and his many friends. As long as John was on the go, he was happy.

 

John went to school at the BICO collaborative in North Attleboro and since the age of 22, attended the Lifeworks (SNCARC) day habilitation program. He lived at home for almost 40 years and last June, moved into a home for medically fragile clients in Westwood. He loved hanging out with his new friends and roommates, always enjoying the rides that they took together.

 

The family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to all of John’s friends who played a part in his life, to the Wampanoag Road Runner’s Club for their support and for waving to John as they would run by the house, as well as all a special thanks to all of the doctor’s, nurses, and support staff who helped them in giving John the best life possible, especially the dedicated staff at the Lifeworks home in Westwood who provided excellent care during John’s last 7 months.

 

He was a loving son of Diethard and Meta C. (Neumann) Unterweger of Plainville, the dear brother of Michael Unterweger of Plainville, and the cherished uncle of Sydni and Travis Unterweger of Plainville. He was the dear nephew of Willi Unterweger and his wife Heidi, Henny Metzeler and her husband Peter, and Inge Johst and her husband Heinz, all of Germany. He also leaves 6 cousins, all in Germany and Switzerland.

 

His funeral service, to which relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend, will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1 PM in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro, MA.

 

Interment will follow in the Wrentham Centre Cemetery in Wrentham, MA.

 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John’s memory to: Lifeworks, 789 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood, MA 02090 or www.lifeworksarc.org.

  • Comment (44)
  • So sorry to hear this.
    I worked with John at SNARC for many years. He was a special person who changed my life in so many ways. I will never forget his sweet smile.  

  • Dearest Dee and Meta…. I spoke with our mutual friend, Steve Doucette yesterday. I asked for you, as always saying I needed to call you ( life always getting in the way). Steve informed me about John’s passing. Oh, how that hit me.I can not tell you how sorry we are to hear this. Our Dan loved spending time with John at Respite. My boy was very protective of him. It was beautiful to witness.I have not broken the news to him yet as it has been a tough year for him, as well. I pray for you both and I second, Alice Doucette’s statement, you were the perfect parents for that sweet guy. Many prayers coming and way. Joyce/ Jeff Devolve and, of course, Daniel Hayman

  • What a beautiful tribute to John. He was loved by all who knew him. Meta and Dee, your loving care guided him through the years. I will always remember him from BICO in classes with Scott. We were lucky to know him. Cherish the best memories. His life was a blessing.

  • Our sweet, sweet Johnny, I remember your son fondly as a person who would help me learn the field of nursing hands on. I will greatly miss his extraordinary spirit. I won’t forget his great big smile because your son, Johnny was a happy person and dearly loved.

  • Hi Dee, I am extremely sad to hear this heart breaking news. May his soul rest in peace and I sincerely hope you and your family will heal over time and celebrate what an amazing individual can contribute bring joy to his parents.

    Savithri Subramanyam

  • Rest in the sweetest peace, Johnny.  You were a fantastic friend who forever changed my world.  I love you buddy. 

  • My deepest condolences to Dee and Meta and their family. I had the honor of being John’s driver for a few years. He is greatly missed. God Bless.

  • Meta, so sorry to hear John has passed away. Just want to let you know you and family are in my thoughts and prayers. With love and kindness, Aurora Nunes

  • John, you had this contagious smile that brought joy to everyone in the room. I miss you and thank you for teaching me so much about people and what is most important in life. Dee, Meta, and Mike, I love you all. Thank you for sharing your beautiful boy with us. Much love, Niki 

  • [size=4]I never actually met John but knew his mom as she was an avid morning walker and they all lived in Plainville near my folks. I often saw John only when being helped into the van as it departed or returned home. I pray for him and his family that they find peace believing he is finally at rest and in the place where everyone is equally whole.[/size]

  • My deep sympathy and love go out to the entire family: Meta, Dee, Mike, Sydni and Travis.  It was the great love and care given to John by Dee and Meta and many others that gave John the good life he had.  John was a powerful person because anyone who met and spent time with John was changed for the better.  May we all remember John and be better people because of his example. As someone else said John’s light is shining bright.

    John’s spirit is now free to soar.

  • Dee and Meta, may you and your family relish in the love, life and memories of your dear son John.  My deepest condolences to all of you.  Love, Diane Gibson

  • Dee and Meta,
    It has been a bleesing to me to have had the pleasure of spending the last 7 months with  John. His smile was infectious and he had the ability to inspire everyone whose path he crossed. My deepest condolences to you both. 

  • Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to you and your family at the passing of your beloved son John. 
    Fondly,
    Larry and Jeanne Milligan

  • Dee, Meta & Mike,  So very sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. He is smiling down upon all of you for the love, care and wonderful life you gave him. 
    Beckie & Rich

  • Meta and Dee, we are so saddened for your loss. John was so loved and so full of joy. I’m grateful to have known him. We love you and are holding you close even though we are far. With love, Kate and Amália.

  • Our sincere condolences to all of John’s family.  I will always think of John as a teacher because of the time he spent in the Plainville Schools helping students to have a better understanding of people with disabilities.  May you find peace in knowing that he touched so many lives.  Thinking of you all.

  • Meta and Dee,
    Very saddened in hearing of John’s passing.  He was so blessed to have you both and your family and friends with him for his 40 years, and we know you were as blessed to have him.  Our prayers are with you.

  • We are so sorry for your loss ?Kerry and I are sending our deepest sympathies to you and the Families ?❤️? Love to All❤️  Kerry Strang/ Rita Parker(Strang)

  • Dear Dee and Meta – so sorry to hear of John’s passing.  We so admired the way you cared for him for so many years!  May our God bless you richly as you go on in this life without dear John.

  • Meta, although I did not know John I was aware of the shining love within your family.  Please know that his transition, while so difficult now, has him in a peace which in time will be yours also.  My heart is with you and your family.

  • Dee and Meta, I’m so sorry for your loss. It was my pleasure to care for John in his early years. So many memories! I’ll never forget the Disney parade when Alice in Wonderland gave him a kiss. He was so loved! Hugs and prayers.

  • Dear Meta, Dee, and Michael,
    We were so saddened to hear of John’s passing.  Although we did not see him that often, we enjoyed his company when we did.  You were such wonderful parents and family to him.  You made his life for him and for that I am sure he is deeply grateful. In return, he made a life for you, full of joy and happiness.  We wish you peace and contentment knowing this.  Our prayers and condolences go out to you at this time.  We are thinking of you. Blessings.   

  • Meta, Dee and Michael. I was so sad to see the passing of your beautiful son John.  I remember the Bico  days with our boys.  He always had that smile,  he was so fortunate to have all of you for the love and care you gave him ever day,  He will now be watching over you. Happy memories!

  • My deepest condolences to you Meta and your family . I was privileged to have known John, many happy memories with our Bico family, will always remember his beautiful smile.RIP sweet John. Love and blessings,Betty 

  • John was beyond blessed to be born into your loving family. He knew how very much he was cherished every day of his too short life. His BICO family will never forget John and his contagious smile. Sending love to all of you 

  • Meta and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing.  What a small world after reading the comments my mother was one of John’s drivers.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ♥️

    Love,
    Chris, Pat, Tori and Kevin Klug

  • You have experienced a deep, tragic and unimaginable loss, my dear friends. Our family’s hearts go out to you, as we try to comfort you during your time of mourning. Your unquestioned dedication, boundless love and excellent home care of John, for so many years, was like nothing I have ever seen – and I’m certain he could not have received anything better. His smiles, laughs and expressions of joy reflected that love and care. He is resting in peace now – liberated from any pain or discomfort. I hope you can comfort yourselves a bit with that thought and accept the comfort offered by your loving friends.  Love Jerry.

  • We are so very sorry. John was an amazing and wonderful person. I have such fond memories of driving around with Meta, Carol & Sandra with John when he got home from school. The roller coaster of Fuller Rd in Plainville was quite exciting!! Everything with Meta & John was upbeat, positive and fun. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Revelation 21:4, John 5:28,29 

  • So sad to read of this… it was always a pleasure to wave at John as we ran by. He was a wonderful fan of the Wamps. Sorry for your loss, Dee and Meta.

  • My deepest condolences to Meta and Dee & all of John’s family. This is truly heartbreaking. I am so glad I was able to work with John for so many years at the ARC. The joy he brought into everyone’s lives will never be forgotten. Much love, Kristin Porter

  • What a beautiful memorial.
    We, that were privileged to know John, will treasure his memory forever.

    Our prayers, heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out with love to the 
    family.   ❤️?

    We will honor the family’s request to make a contribution to lifework. 

    Rest in peace dear sweet John ✝️

  • Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Meta, Die, Michael and all the family on the untimely loss of your beautiful John.  I was fortunate to have some memorable moments with John & his family.  John did have one of the most engaging smiles.  He also earned some well deserved pilot’s wings when he was a little boy.
    Wherever John went people took notice because he connected with his eyes and looked at you in a curious way.  His parents & brother enriched his life with excellent hands on care and unending love.  He now joins his beloved Uncle John to relax and watch over his Family. God Bless You John.  Your Light is Shining Bright.

  • Meta, So very saddened to read about your sons passing. may God comfort you & Dee. Love to you, Robin Gigone Lasky

  • I was a van driver when John was in school. John had a big smile every day he was so happy all the time.
    John was loved very much. Sorry for your loss.

    Love Linda

  • Meta, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember John’s contagious giggle when he laughed. He may not have been able to speak but he always communicated his love of all around him. My sympathy is with you and your family. Margo Quaglia

  • John and my son Nick were together   for 39 years thru every transition even becoming roommates in a specially built home for them. His Mom and I are inseparable because of our 2 beautiful boys that brought us together. John will be dearly missed. 

  • Dee and Meta, we were so saddened to hear of John’s passing. I remember meeting him many years ago when I took nursing students into the day program. They loved spending time with him and he loved seeing them! You both have been incredible parents and we have learned so much from both of you. He will be so missed. 

  • Rest in peace Johnny for we will meet again and we will both be able to run together for Jesus has promised,” “Come to me and I will make you whole” and I have in my soul claimed that promise. 

    Your Wampanoag R.R. friend 
     

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44 Responses

  1. Rest in peace Johnny for we will meet again and we will both be able to run together for Jesus has promised,” “Come to me and I will make you whole” and I have in my soul claimed that promise. 

    Your Wampanoag R.R. friend 
     

  2. Dee and Meta, we were so saddened to hear of John’s passing. I remember meeting him many years ago when I took nursing students into the day program. They loved spending time with him and he loved seeing them! You both have been incredible parents and we have learned so much from both of you. He will be so missed. 

  3. John and my son Nick were together   for 39 years thru every transition even becoming roommates in a specially built home for them. His Mom and I are inseparable because of our 2 beautiful boys that brought us together. John will be dearly missed. 

  4. Meta, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember John’s contagious giggle when he laughed. He may not have been able to speak but he always communicated his love of all around him. My sympathy is with you and your family. Margo Quaglia

  5. I was a van driver when John was in school. John had a big smile every day he was so happy all the time.
    John was loved very much. Sorry for your loss.

    Love Linda

  6. Meta, So very saddened to read about your sons passing. may God comfort you & Dee. Love to you, Robin Gigone Lasky

  7. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Meta, Die, Michael and all the family on the untimely loss of your beautiful John.  I was fortunate to have some memorable moments with John & his family.  John did have one of the most engaging smiles.  He also earned some well deserved pilot’s wings when he was a little boy.
    Wherever John went people took notice because he connected with his eyes and looked at you in a curious way.  His parents & brother enriched his life with excellent hands on care and unending love.  He now joins his beloved Uncle John to relax and watch over his Family. God Bless You John.  Your Light is Shining Bright.

  8. What a beautiful memorial.
    We, that were privileged to know John, will treasure his memory forever.

    Our prayers, heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out with love to the 
    family.   ❤️?

    We will honor the family’s request to make a contribution to lifework. 

    Rest in peace dear sweet John ✝️

  9. My deepest condolences to Meta and Dee & all of John’s family. This is truly heartbreaking. I am so glad I was able to work with John for so many years at the ARC. The joy he brought into everyone’s lives will never be forgotten. Much love, Kristin Porter

  10. So sad to read of this… it was always a pleasure to wave at John as we ran by. He was a wonderful fan of the Wamps. Sorry for your loss, Dee and Meta.

  11. We are so very sorry. John was an amazing and wonderful person. I have such fond memories of driving around with Meta, Carol & Sandra with John when he got home from school. The roller coaster of Fuller Rd in Plainville was quite exciting!! Everything with Meta & John was upbeat, positive and fun. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Revelation 21:4, John 5:28,29 

  12. You have experienced a deep, tragic and unimaginable loss, my dear friends. Our family’s hearts go out to you, as we try to comfort you during your time of mourning. Your unquestioned dedication, boundless love and excellent home care of John, for so many years, was like nothing I have ever seen – and I’m certain he could not have received anything better. His smiles, laughs and expressions of joy reflected that love and care. He is resting in peace now – liberated from any pain or discomfort. I hope you can comfort yourselves a bit with that thought and accept the comfort offered by your loving friends.  Love Jerry.

  13. Meta and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing.  What a small world after reading the comments my mother was one of John’s drivers.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ♥️

    Love,
    Chris, Pat, Tori and Kevin Klug

  14. John was beyond blessed to be born into your loving family. He knew how very much he was cherished every day of his too short life. His BICO family will never forget John and his contagious smile. Sending love to all of you 

  15. My deepest condolences to you Meta and your family . I was privileged to have known John, many happy memories with our Bico family, will always remember his beautiful smile.RIP sweet John. Love and blessings,Betty 

  16. Meta, Dee and Michael. I was so sad to see the passing of your beautiful son John.  I remember the Bico  days with our boys.  He always had that smile,  he was so fortunate to have all of you for the love and care you gave him ever day,  He will now be watching over you. Happy memories!

  17. Dear Meta, Dee, and Michael,
    We were so saddened to hear of John’s passing.  Although we did not see him that often, we enjoyed his company when we did.  You were such wonderful parents and family to him.  You made his life for him and for that I am sure he is deeply grateful. In return, he made a life for you, full of joy and happiness.  We wish you peace and contentment knowing this.  Our prayers and condolences go out to you at this time.  We are thinking of you. Blessings.   

  18. Dee and Meta, I’m so sorry for your loss. It was my pleasure to care for John in his early years. So many memories! I’ll never forget the Disney parade when Alice in Wonderland gave him a kiss. He was so loved! Hugs and prayers.

  19. Meta, although I did not know John I was aware of the shining love within your family.  Please know that his transition, while so difficult now, has him in a peace which in time will be yours also.  My heart is with you and your family.

  20. Dear Dee and Meta – so sorry to hear of John’s passing.  We so admired the way you cared for him for so many years!  May our God bless you richly as you go on in this life without dear John.

  21. We are so sorry for your loss ?Kerry and I are sending our deepest sympathies to you and the Families ?❤️? Love to All❤️  Kerry Strang/ Rita Parker(Strang)

  22. Meta and Dee,
    Very saddened in hearing of John’s passing.  He was so blessed to have you both and your family and friends with him for his 40 years, and we know you were as blessed to have him.  Our prayers are with you.

  23. Our sincere condolences to all of John’s family.  I will always think of John as a teacher because of the time he spent in the Plainville Schools helping students to have a better understanding of people with disabilities.  May you find peace in knowing that he touched so many lives.  Thinking of you all.

  24. Meta and Dee, we are so saddened for your loss. John was so loved and so full of joy. I’m grateful to have known him. We love you and are holding you close even though we are far. With love, Kate and Amália.

  25. Dee, Meta & Mike,  So very sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. He is smiling down upon all of you for the love, care and wonderful life you gave him. 
    Beckie & Rich

  26. Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to you and your family at the passing of your beloved son John. 
    Fondly,
    Larry and Jeanne Milligan

  27. Dee and Meta,
    It has been a bleesing to me to have had the pleasure of spending the last 7 months with  John. His smile was infectious and he had the ability to inspire everyone whose path he crossed. My deepest condolences to you both. 

  28. Dee and Meta, may you and your family relish in the love, life and memories of your dear son John.  My deepest condolences to all of you.  Love, Diane Gibson

  29. My deep sympathy and love go out to the entire family: Meta, Dee, Mike, Sydni and Travis.  It was the great love and care given to John by Dee and Meta and many others that gave John the good life he had.  John was a powerful person because anyone who met and spent time with John was changed for the better.  May we all remember John and be better people because of his example. As someone else said John’s light is shining bright.

    John’s spirit is now free to soar.

  30. [size=4]I never actually met John but knew his mom as she was an avid morning walker and they all lived in Plainville near my folks. I often saw John only when being helped into the van as it departed or returned home. I pray for him and his family that they find peace believing he is finally at rest and in the place where everyone is equally whole.[/size]

  31. John, you had this contagious smile that brought joy to everyone in the room. I miss you and thank you for teaching me so much about people and what is most important in life. Dee, Meta, and Mike, I love you all. Thank you for sharing your beautiful boy with us. Much love, Niki 

  32. Meta, so sorry to hear John has passed away. Just want to let you know you and family are in my thoughts and prayers. With love and kindness, Aurora Nunes

  33. My deepest condolences to Dee and Meta and their family. I had the honor of being John’s driver for a few years. He is greatly missed. God Bless.

  34. Rest in the sweetest peace, Johnny.  You were a fantastic friend who forever changed my world.  I love you buddy. 

  35. Hi Dee, I am extremely sad to hear this heart breaking news. May his soul rest in peace and I sincerely hope you and your family will heal over time and celebrate what an amazing individual can contribute bring joy to his parents.

    Savithri Subramanyam

  36. Our sweet, sweet Johnny, I remember your son fondly as a person who would help me learn the field of nursing hands on. I will greatly miss his extraordinary spirit. I won’t forget his great big smile because your son, Johnny was a happy person and dearly loved.

  37. What a beautiful tribute to John. He was loved by all who knew him. Meta and Dee, your loving care guided him through the years. I will always remember him from BICO in classes with Scott. We were lucky to know him. Cherish the best memories. His life was a blessing.

  38. Dearest Dee and Meta…. I spoke with our mutual friend, Steve Doucette yesterday. I asked for you, as always saying I needed to call you ( life always getting in the way). Steve informed me about John’s passing. Oh, how that hit me.I can not tell you how sorry we are to hear this. Our Dan loved spending time with John at Respite. My boy was very protective of him. It was beautiful to witness.I have not broken the news to him yet as it has been a tough year for him, as well. I pray for you both and I second, Alice Doucette’s statement, you were the perfect parents for that sweet guy. Many prayers coming and way. Joyce/ Jeff Devolve and, of course, Daniel Hayman

  39. So sorry to hear this.
    I worked with John at SNARC for many years. He was a special person who changed my life in so many ways. I will never forget his sweet smile.  

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