Obituary: Joseph William Giannantonio

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September 23, 1927 – September 20, 2019

information provided by Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home

Joseph William Giannantonio age 91 of Crete, Illinois—formerly of Lansing, Illinois—passed away peacefully on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Joseph is survived by his loving daughters Laura (Richard) Spegel and Nancy (Andrew) Nelson. Cherished grandfather of Mandy (Scott) Showalter, Frankfort, IL; Stephanie Bach (Robert Nowakowski), Valparaiso, IN; Nicholas Reid, Calumet City, IL; Justin Joseph Reid, Sr., Calumet City, IL. Great grandfather of Alexander J. Straley, Aileen M. Straley, Aiden Showalter, Audrey Showalter, Austin Showalter, Justin J. Reid, Jr., and Cody Nowakowski. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are loving and long-time companion Gladys Hudson, Highland, IN, and loving brother Albert (Debbie) Giannantonio, Crete, IL. Joseph is preceded in death by his beloved wife Aileen (nee Wallace) Giannantonio of 47 years and parents Dominic and Anna (nee Sereci) Giannantonio.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 2:00 to 8:00pm at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois. Funeral services for Joseph will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, with closing prayers beginning at 11:00am, then processing over to St. Ann Catholic Church, 3010 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, for an 11:30am Mass of Christian Burial. Joseph will be laid to rest at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.

Joseph was a member of the Greatest Generation and a proud veteran of the United States Navy, serving in WWII. Joseph retired from Ford Motor Company in Chicago Heights, IL. He was a member of the American Legion Post 697 and a member of the VFW. He enjoyed the outdoors and truly loved camping and fishing, especially Circle C Campground in Rensselaer, IN, and Rush Lake in Watervliet, MI. Joseph enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle. He was loved by many, and he will be truly missed.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Joseph’s name to the American Heart Association.