Family Login:


Share This Obituary
Resources

Send Flowers


Memories & Candles

“Dear Ellen and JeanMy thoughts and prayers are with you both at this trying time. The tributes and love I've seen since John's passing are a...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Matthew LaMourie - Yarmouth, MI

“Dear Jean and Ellen, I was a student of John's at UofM and also played music with him a few times. He was brilliant, modest, kind, and generous. ...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Danny Schaffa - Richmond, VA

“Very sorry to hear about John's passing. He accomplished so much in his lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Angela and Orlando Visocchi - MI

“Dear Ellen, Of this, I am certain: you were the best sister to your beloved brother John. Your love for him and memory of him will never diminish. ...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Barb Smerecki - Dearborn, MI

“My sincere condolences to the family. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Isaiah 26:19

“I am sorry for your loss. God is opening his hand and satisfying the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:16 ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Jean, Ellen, and familyMy family and I were very sad to hear of John's passing. We lived near John and Jean on the west side of Ann Arbor for...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Dan Silverman - Tempe, AZ

“Ellen , Jeanwe are very sorry of John passing.we will remember our American cousin for his personality which made him a special person.we won't...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: luisa D'Alessandro - terni

“Ellen, JeanWe are very sad for John's passing. Even if we could share only few moments with John, we remember and enjoyed our talks, appreciating his...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Bruno D'Alessandro - Terni

“I will dearly miss John as a friend, a colleague, an intellect and as a person. He used his talents to shed some light on what we know and what we do...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: John Bound - Ann Arbor, MI

“Jean, Ellen, I've never enjoyed learning more than I did when I learned from John! He was a unique and inspiring spirit. In deepest sympathy, - eli ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Eli Berman - La Jolla, CA

“Jean, you have my deepest sympathy. John left this world far too early, and he will be remembered with great fondness and admiration by the...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Rob Valletta - San Francisco, CA

“Over the years we shared at the Ford School, I often saw John in the hallway or outside the building taking a smoke break. He would always have...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Ann Lin - Ann Arbor, MI

“Shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. It has been many years since those wonderful visits that our families spent together but the fondness...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Albertina Simone - MI

“Our sincere condolences for your loss. May the family be spared further grief. God Bless. From Giuseppina Gallucci (cousin to Enrico DiNardo) ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Anna Badia - Montreal - Family

“Jean I am so very sorry for your terrible loss! Thinking of you during this terrible time. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Elsa Batman - Hockessin, DE


John Enrico DiNardo, age 56, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away on Saturday, August 26, after a long struggle with complications from leukemia. The child of Italian immigrants, he was born in Detroit and raised in Allen Park, MI, where he graduated from St. Frances Cabrini High School. He received a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan before receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Since 2001, he was a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan with appointments in the Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics. Previous academic posts include UC-Irvine, UC-Berkeley, MIT, Princeton and RAND. He was a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. Widely recognized for his contributions to applied econometric methods, he wrote seminal papers on the economics of labor unions, including studies on their impact on wages and inequality. He was a dedicated advisor and mentor to Ph.D. students and junior faculty and a beloved co-author. An enthusiastic musician, he was a founding member of Ann Arbor's premier economics rock band, the Solonators. He was preceded in death by his parents, Enrico and Concetta. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jean Elizabeth Wohlever, who he met at Princeton, and his sister, Ellen. John's generosity of spirit, infectious humor and singular personality will be greatly missed. His passion for truth and social justice will remain an inspiration to all those who knew him. A small graveside service will be held on September 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, 18303 Allen Road, Brownstown, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ACLU.