Anthony John "Tony" Leonetti
Anthony John “Tony” Leonetti, 94, of Sherman, died at 7:25 pm, Monday, March 10, 2014 at Villa Health Care East. He was born December 15, 1919, in Sherman to Tony and Nastasia Michalone Leonetti. He married Nora Lue Miller July 6, 1944 and she preceded him in death June 16, 2013.
Also preceding him in death were four brothers, Frank and Adolph Leonetti and Amato and Henry Gazza, twin sister, Rose Harvey, two sisters, Lena Polistina and Mary Leonetti.
Survivors include a daughter, Amber Lue (James) Boehm of Springfield; son Timothy J. (Christina) Leonetti of Sherman; five grandchildren, Angelina Leonetti, Nick Leonetti, Peter (Dawn) Leonetti, James (Nikki) Boehm, and Erich (Ashley) Boehm; five great-grandchildren; brother Sam Leonetti of Egg Harbour, NJ and several nieces and nephews.
Tony was a US Army Air Corps Veteran serving during WWII. He was a member of St. John Vianney Church in Sherman. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Riverton Marion Council and a Republican Precinct Committeeman for 28 years and was district chairman of District 2. He retired in 1979 after 31 years as a welder at Fiat. He served on the Sangamon County Board for 14 years. Tony was a member of the World War II memorial committee.
Visitation: 4 – 7 pm, Thursday, march 13, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4pm.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 am Friday, March 14, 2014 at St. John Vianney Church in Sherman with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
Memorials may be given to St. John Vianney Church.
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I worked with this wonderful man at the IDOT Div. of Aeronautics for several years. I had the great pleasure of taking him flying with me once which he enjoyed immensely. I loved talking with him of his years in the Army Air Force and his experiences on Tinian Island. They just don't come any better than Tony.
We'll miss u Tony. Thanks to u and Nora for including us in your lives
Tim, I'm in Rock Island visiting my Mother and Meridy called me to say that Tony has passed away. I'm so sorry for your loss. I fondly remember the two or three times we were out "just buming around, or goofing off" and stopped by the old Standard gas station in Sherman and visited with you Father. He was a great "character". I'm sure you and and your family will miss him. Dave Gillespie
Tony was a Grand Man, a Gentile Person and a Special Uncle. Thank you Tony for serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, serving our country, and loving your family! You ways made everyone smile by the contagiousness of your smile, your positive attitude and your sense of humor made all who you associated with better people. The world needs more Uncle Tonys. You are loved and have been loved by so many. You will be missed, but you made this world a better place because of the quality life you lived and shared!
I've had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Leonetti a couple of times. He taught me how to play Bocce ball! He was a very sweet man and I know he'll be dearly missed. God bless the Leonetti family during this difficult time. I'm sure he was ready to reunite with his beautiful bride.
I fondly remember Tony from the many times we had joint church choirs between St. John Vianney and Holy Family. Tony was always full of life and enjoyed singing in the choir, now he can sing in the Choir of Heaven. God Bless the Leonetti Family in this time of loss and know that Tony is in my prayers.
I was really blessed to spend so much time with you the last couple of years. I enjoyed the stories and learn so much about the history of Sherman. You were the best uncle Love you a lot Robert polistina
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. We always enjoyed being around Tony!
I'll always remember my first year in college, when Uncle Tony helped me learn Italian for my language class. He was livelier and much more fun that the class! Keep an eye on us Uncle Tony and give Aunt Nora a hug. Love, Tammy, Ray and Cole
Bill & Edna Seipel posted on 3/24/14
"We were so sorry to read of Tony's passing and that we were unable to personally extend our deepest sympathy. It was always such a pleasure whenever we would have the opportunity to visit with both Tony and Nora Lue on various occasions; the last being when we volunteered at the Sherman Sesquicentennial. Tony and his wonderful personality, knowledge and love for his family will be missed. May God be with all of you as you mourn his passing."