John A. Witzel, 67, of Shrewsbury


Shrewsbury/Northborough – John A. Witzel, of Shrewsbury, formerly of Sudbury and Northborough, passed away July 17, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 67 years old.

John was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Walter and Doris (Scoones) Witzel. He was proud to be a Marine, having served his country during Vietnam.

Keeping his needs simple, his passions were hot rods, greasy food, coffee with the guys, hanging at Tilz, and just plain doing as he pleased. Living life full throttle, he enjoyed street racing from time and was recognized as Top Dog at the A&M in Marlborough.

He leaves his daughter, Jennifer Michalik and her husband Michael; his son, Paul Witzel and his wife Rachel Donovan; four grandchildren whom he loved to tease, Bradley, Tyler, Emily, and Andy; former wife Gayle Witzel; nieces, nephews, numerous friends; and his beloved ’57 Chevy.

Friends are invited to attend John’s 11AM graveside service Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m., at Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring John by sponsoring Jennifer’s team (Madison Place Squad) in the UMass Cancer Walk and Run, 333 South St., 4th Floor, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (

To leave a condolence, please visit John’s Book of Memories at