Riverton – Joe Rusciolelli, 86, of Riverton, died at 10:30 a.m., on September 30, 2010. He was born October 22, 1923 in Riverton, the son of Paris and Lidia Roscetti Rusciolelli. He was married to Mary Lou Houston and later married Mary E. Szoke in 1975. He is preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister.
He is survived by his wife: Mary E. Rusciolelli, 2 daughters: Linda (Tim) Burow of San Antonio, TX and Julie (Dave) Campbell of Sherman; 1 son: Joseph D. (companion: Jody Brown) Rusciolelli of Riverton; 2 step sons: Frank (Joyce) Szoke of Sherman and Steve (Jan) Szoke of Riverton; 5 grandchildren: Amy (Tim) Harris, Eric (Carissa) Szoke, Leah (Brent) Wise, Sarah (Companion Dale Snyder) and Trevor Burow; 6 great-grandchildren: Jack, Carley, Joshua, Mackenzie, Jaelyn and Jarred, 1 sister: Mary Howard of Springfield, 2 brothers: Dominic Rusciolelli of Springfield and Biagio Rusciolelli of Riverton and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joe was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during WWII in the South Pacific and New Guinea areas, and he served during the Korean Era. He continued his service in the Illinois National Guard. He was a member of St. James Church in Riverton, the VFW, and the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail. He served as the mayor of Riverton, IL for 30 years where he was a lifelong resident. Attending annual reunions of WWII comrades, gardening and woodworking were some of the things he enjoyed. He worked for Allis Chalmers/Fiat Allis as a Union Committeeman from 1947-1979 retiring after 30 years and was a member of UAW local 1027.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home with prayers at 3:45 p.m.
Lie-in-State: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Monday, October 4, 2010 at St. James Church
Funeral Mass: 11:30 a.m., Monday, October 4, 2010 at St. James Church in Riverton with Reverend Joseph Ring officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Church in Riverton or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.