Robert "Bob" Green
Robert “Bob” Green of Rochester, IL, formerly of New Berlin, IL, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2017, and he is on the highway to heaven. He was born on March 25, 1940, in Vandalia, Illinois, to his loving parents Leon and Mary Agnes Green, whom both preceded him in death. Bob attended Cathedral Boys School and graduated in 1958. He is survived by his wife Antonina “Tina” (Alessandrini) Green, to whom he married on January 3, 1959. Together they raised three daughters who are eternally grateful for a loving home and selfless parents; Colene Cranwill of Kansas City, MO (husband Thomas “Trent”); Julie Lohmar of Rochester, IL (husband Daniel “Dan”); and Teresa Benedict of Springfield, IL (husband Troy). They were blessed with 7 grandchildren, Michael Cranwill (wife Christina) of Bridgeton, MO; Kaila Cranwill of Kansas City, MO; Grace, Jack and Luke Lohmar of Rochester, IL; and, Maria and Giovanni Benedict of Springfield, IL. Michael and Christina are expecting a baby girl in July, and she will be the first great-grandchild for whom great-grandpa will be guiding from above. Bob has two sisters Marianna Bacon (husband Paul) of Normal, IL and Diana Hetherington (husband Gary) of Leland Grove, IL. He has three brothers James Green (wife Tamara) of Madras, OR; Tom Green (wife Deanna) of Springfield, IL; and, Charles “Pat” Green whom preceded him in death.
Bob was passionate about cars and was fortunate enough to make a living doing what he loved as an auto mechanic and business owner for almost 60 years. He specialized in European cars and was recognized as one of the best! He built his business through hard work, honesty and word of mouth of satisfied customers. He also raced go-karts, was an avid Sprint Car and NASCAR race fan and a proud owner of a red, 1960 Porsche 356 which he proudly entered into antique car shows.
Bob was involved in the community as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, a member of the West Sangamon Republican Club, Trustee of Curran-Gardner Water District Board, Curran-Gardner Township Tax Collector, brother of the Knights of Columbus New Berlin and a member of the NRA. He was an outdoors man who loved to deer hunt and appreciated nature. He was also a member of St. Agnes Church in Springfield.
Bob will be greatly missed by his family and friends. As a father, he taught us the importance of family, true friendships, helping your neighbor, loyalty and above all, be true to yourself.
Bob fought his battle with brain cancer gracefully and was truly admired for his courage and unwavering positive demeanor until the end. A special thank you to each and every one of the staff at Wyndcrest Assisted Living for providing exceptional care for our father and treating him with the care, dignity, respect and friendship which embraced him at the end of his life.
Visitation: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017 at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield. A prayer service will be held at 4:30 pm.
Funeral Mass: 10 am, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Church of St. Jude in Rochester with Reverend Brian Alford officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League.