ROCK FALLS – Silvio Sylvester Segneri passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2014, at his home, after a short illness. Silvio was the last generation of his Segneris.
He was born Dec. 3, 1924, to Louis Anthony and Angeline (Ferri) Segneri. Silvio was married to Helen M. Parker for 64 years. She preceded him in death in 2009. Silvio served in World War II in the Tank Corps. He was a lifetime member of the local Amvets, and was local commander several times. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls.
He worked his whole life in the Sterling-Rock Falls area as a salesman. As a child, he sold vegetables door-to-door. As an adult, he worked for Crescent Cookie and Macaroni, and later, Sterling Produce Co.
He had such a work ethic that he always held two jobs. He tended bar at Miami Lounge, Red Carpet, and Rocket Lanes Bowling Alley. He also worked many years at Persico’s Liquor Store for his good friend, Jim Persico.
After his retirement, he started his own business, Silvio’s Scrap, where he recycled metals from dumpsters. He had his regular daily routes while he worked, even at 89 years old.
The world was a better place because Silvio was in it. He had a positive influence on all he met – such a great guy. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by two sons, Lawrence Segneri of Sterling and Robert (Robin) Segneri of Rockford; one daughter, Ann (Gary) Schmidt of Sterling; three granddaughters, Gina (Brett) Froeliger, Josie (Aaron) Thompson, and Bailey (Stephen) Raham; one grandson, Christopher Segneri; 10 great-grandchildren, Hayden, Wil and Jude Froeliger, Olive and Esmeralda Thompson, Michael and Kevin Segneri, and Justin, Isaac and Nathaniel Woolwine; one sister-in-law, Mary Rose Zoph; and many number 1 nieces and nephews.
Silvio was preceded in death by his parents; and all of his brothers and sisters, Genevieve Concotelli and Guido and Mario (twins), all born in Ferentino, Italy, and Helen Martha Reilly, Anthony Joseph, Nancy Angeline Cooney, and Alfred Joseph, all born in Sterling.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls, with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak officiating. Military honors will be accorded immediately following the Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
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