Alphonse "Lonny" Jerome Arnone
March 28, 1967 – March 23, 2021
Lonny Arnone was a warm-hearted, generous, and caring person who was known for being helpful to those around him, anytime and anywhere. He grew up in Wheeling, IL. Throughout his life, Lonny was a big fan of the musical band KISS, and always took an interest in computers. He liked to take apart and rebuild computers and experiment with programming, eventually becoming trained and employed in the IT field. He created a company to continue this work, called “Computer Upgrades and Repairs.” He could be found cheering for Chicago teams like the Cubs and Bears, but also grew to like the AZ Rattlers after moving to Arizona in 2001.
Lonny’s mother, Lori, supported him strongly throughout the years. They were close, and Lonny was protective of her. He was adored by his friends, whom he spent much time with. Lonny was also shy by nature, avoiding crowds, and he was not a fan of small talk. He was, however, a great listener, humble, and spoke with conviction. You could count on Lonny to inquire about how you were doing and authentically share what was on his mind. Lonny joined the Army when he was nineteen years old. His service was cut short due to physical health reasons. He had been training to work in Satellite Communications.
Raising four dogs in his lifetime, Lonny’s most recent furry friend, Wrigley, didn’t like to leave Lonny’s side. He would snuggle with Lonny whenever he could. Wrigley was a two-week-old stray when he rescued him from a parking lot at work. The two became fast friends, and Wrigley brought Lonny much joy, and many laughs. Humor, in fact, was a big theme in Lonny’s life. He loved to make people laugh, (especially his wife Stacy,) with funny computer animation tributes, quirky telephone messages, and witty commentary and observations on life. In his early 50’s, Lonny was invited into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A new, bright chapter in his life began, as newfound connections developed quickly with the Church’s bishop, Church elders, congregation members, and with God. After consistent devotion and commitment to his new faith community, Lonny’s generosity of spirit was quickly recognized as he was invited to become a Church elder in his congregation, reliably looked upon to help other members in need.
Lonny was lucky to find his soulmate. He met Stacy Gail in high school and they became sweethearts. As adults, they drifted in and out of each other's lives throughout the years, and finally realized the lifelong love they were meant to share, 35 years after they first met. They married on Feb.15th, 2020, and their friendship and marriage became the most beautiful part of Lonny’s last chapter in life. Lonny died of natural causes six days before his 54th birthday. He will be missed immensely by his wife, mother, family, friends, and dog.
Lonny is survived by his wife, Stacy Arnone, Lori (Sam) Mormino (mother/step-father), Vincent (Louise) Arnone (father/step-mother), step-children Dustin & Shannon Gail, half-siblings Michael Arnone, Vincent Arnone, Theresa Arnone, Tom Billingsley, Camyle Tate, Maria Arnone, and step-siblings Debbie Macklin, Steve Mormino, Tammy Mormino, and Len Mormino. He is also survived by Richard Arnone (uncle), Michael Ward (uncle), Janice Gunther (aunt), Harriet Zimmerman-Gail (mother-in-law), Jack Gail (father-in-law), Robert Gail (brother-in-law), Benjamin (step-grandson), and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial Service for Lonny will be held on April 10th at 11am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 422 East University Drive, Mesa, Arizona. If you are unable to attend in person, a zoom broadcast will also be available at https://zoom.us/j/93804378384. In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate donations to the missionaries of the Church at https://philanthropies.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary .
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Alphonse "Lonny" Jerome Arnone
April 5, 2021
I am so sadden and heartbroken to hear this news about Lonny. Lonny was such a fun, loving, free spirit kind of guy, always ready to help anyone in need. I will miss his jokes, his laughter, and smiles, and so much more. My love and prayers go out to all of his friends and family. Of course to our “Wheeling group of friends” growing up. A lot of fun and great memories we sure all had with Lonny. Lonny was such a kind hearted man. My heart especially goes out to his wife Stacey, You all have my deepest, thoughts, condolences, and prayers. May Lonny Rest In Peace.
April 4, 2021
The way I met Lonnie was unique. A girl met met in the hall looking for a home to do massages for a male. I accepted her request and Lonnie came to our house often. Due to conversations between the therapist and Lonnie missionary lessons began at our house. In his first lessons the missionaries asked him if he would commit to be baptized the very next month. I was so surprised when he answered yes. There were many miracles that followed a well as the ones that lead the therapist to his door in the first place. It was simply one of the most miraculous conversations I ever witnessed. His mother stood beside him thru all. I truly grew to love Lonnie his mother and step father as well as his wife Stacy. I'm so blessed to have been a part of his life and then to be able to be with him when he went to the temple. What a sweet man!
April 3, 2021
From the time I was old enough to speak, Lonny would tease me, by repeatedly mocking me (jokingly, of course). Instead of saying, "hello"- Lonnys always greeted me with, "Jesus loves you, Marissa". Over & over he would say it- telling me how that was always the first thing I said to him, when I saw him, when I was just a little girl.
It never got old to him, which made it all the funnier. He would often do his imitation of how he said I sounded- which always cracked me up.
Anyways.... I hope he knows that I meant what I said as a child: Jesus does love him....he is loved always.
I will forever miss you, cousin.
You were my only family at the worst point in my life & I will never forget that.
I miss you so much, Cousin.
At least I know you are in the best company where you are!!! *HUG*
I included a photo of Lonny, myself, and Joey at Michael's funeral in March 2004. It is one of the only pictures I have of Cousin and myself.... Sigh.
Spencer and Becky Price
April 1, 2021
We feel so blessed to have know Lonny even if it was for a short time. He had a contagious smile and was always so kind. We are so very sorry for your loss. We know that the Lord has a plan for us . Sometimes we may not understand why but know that he is watching over you and your family at this difficult time.
April 1, 2021
My sweet Husband ❤️🤵💔
I will always love you with all my heart!! You mean everything to me!! I can't imagine my life without you, now that we just started one together, again. For the last time, for eternity. I will miss everything about you, because I love everything about you!! From head to toe, I have never loved anyone more. I don't know how to say bye for now. The thought of it, breaks my heart into tiny pieces. My everything is gone, I don't know how to go on.
Your Wife & love forver,
Stacy Beth ❤️👰💔
March 27, 2021
We are so very sorry for the loss of Lonny. He helped me when I was at a low point in my life and I will be forever grateful. He was everybody's friend here in Tarentum, PA and will be greatly missed.