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Marengo-Union Funeral Home

505 East Grant Highway, Marengo, IL

OBITUARY

Antonio Vasco

April 21, 1943April 17, 2020

Antonio “Tony” Vasco, 76, passed away on April 17, 2020. He was born on April 21, 1943 to Giovanni and Leonarda (nee Rossi) Vasco. He was the devoted husband of 54 years to Elaine (nee Chmiola) Vasco. He was the dear brother Giovanni Vasco, Angela (nee Vasco) Mignano, Michael Vasco, and Rocco Vasco. He is preceded in death by siblings Nino Vasco, Vincenzo Vasco and Antoinette (nee Vasco) Stramaglia. He was the fond uncle and friend to many. The always smiling Tony will be remembered and celebrated on his 77th birthday.

We remain committed to the health and well-being of our community, our guests and our associates; keeping in mind the public health concern (COVID-19), please leave a memorial message at www.Marengo-UnionFuneralhome.com, in lieu of attendance. Facebook Live Service scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 11am. Please call (815) 568-8131 for information.

Services

  • Facebook Live Streaming Event

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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Michael A Crowley

April 21, 2020

I remember hanging off my uncles arm and doing pull-ups.

Richard Crowley

April 21, 2020

You always knew when Uncle Tony showed up, from the distinctive energy he would bring to the room. Always one to check up on everyone, shake their hand, share a good story, laugh. Warm, caring, animated. And even though the room will be a bit quieter, he'll forever live on in our memories.

Yi and I will miss you.

Rich Crowley

April 21, 2020

Uncle Tony was a huge part of my childhood. We lived in the same building in Chicago with my Grandparents. I still remember going to Wrestling matches at the International Amphitheater with Uncle Tony and my Dad and then going out for Apple pie after the matches.

When we moved to Stickney, Aunt Elaine and Uncle Tony also had a house there. Uncle Tony and I used to get up early on Sunday mornings in the Summer and go play Tennis. Every once in a while, he would see me waiting for the bus as he came down Harlem Ave. and he would honk his horn, pull off to the side of the road in his massive truck and bring me home. It was always funny to be picked up by a massive truck and the looks of the other kids at the bus stop were priceless as I climbed into some seemingly random truck.

After Joanne and I got married, we would always celebrate Christmas Eve at our house with the family and Uncle Tony always appreciated the huge homemade spread that Joanne would put out.

Uncle Tony was always fun to be around. Joanne and I are truly going to miss him.

Sue Knudsen

April 20, 2020

Tony was the type of person who was always a genuine pleasure to be around. He was the guy everyone seemed to gravitate toward in social situations. Always kind, funny, friendly, and wearing an irresistible smile, he was generous with his time and always let you know that he cared about how you were doing. You knew he would give you the shirt off his back if the situation called for it. Favorite memories of Tony include the way he made his Italian accent so entertaining and the way he would jokingly complain that he wasn't allowed many sweets and ask us to sneak him cake at family gatherings. We knew he was exaggerating but indulged him and made kind of a game out of it. He always made us laugh, was deeply loved and admired, and will be greatly missed.

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