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Michael Jonas

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 10:33 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 2:23 p.m. CDT

LASALLE — Michael S. Jonas, 41, of LaSalle passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

He was born Feb. 27, 1972, in Bradenton, Fla., to John R. and Catherine (Griffey) Jonas.

He worked as a stockman at Walmart in Ottawa. He was a semi-pro wrestler known by most as “Jonas the Giant” and a graphic novel artist in the process of being published. He attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ottawa.

Surviving are his fianceé, Lynn Keyt of LaSalle; three daughters, Manda S. Jonas and Michaela S. Jonas, both of Tiskilwa, and Maleeya S. Jonas of LaSalle; two stepchildren, Jesika E. Muzzarelli and Kalub J. Muzzarelli; two brothers, Mark Jonas of Tiskilwa and John (Mary) Jonas of Washington, Ind.; one sister, Cynthia Crooks of Shelburne, Ind.; and four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son in infancy.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home, LaSalle, with Pastor Kim Wood of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ottawa officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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