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Tony L. Arduini

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Tony L. Arduini

ROCK FALLS – Tony L. Arduini, 92, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 19, 1921, in Rock Falls, the son of Phillip and Antonette (Carrino) Arduini. He served in the Army during World War II, in the South Pacific theater. He married Bernice Foley in January 1949. She died May 1, 1969. He married Arlene (Munson) Williamson on June 27, 1970.

He had worked as salesman at the former Bun Austin Chevrolet in Sterling for many years. Tony served for more than 61 years in public service. He was a justice of the peace from 1953 to 1961. He served on the Whiteside County Board from 1965 until present, and from 1990 to 2012 as board chairman. He also served on many other boards, including the Whiteside County Agricultural Extension Board, Public Aid Committee, Emergency Planning Committee, Emergency Telephone System Board, Tri-County Opportunities Council, Veterans Assistance Commission, and the United Counties Council of Illinois as president, past president, and treasurer of the executive committee for 15 years. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls, and for many years served as an usher.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene; their children, Philip (Sharon) Arduini and Barbara DeJonge, both of Rock Falls, Mary Kay (Ernie) Hernandez of Sterling, Tony (Karen) Arduini Jr. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Greg (Gail) Arduini of Amboy, Kathy (Bill) Milby of Rock Falls, Dave (Debra) Williamson of Tampa, Fla., Cheryl (Doug) Harms and Judy (Gary) Hall, both of Rock Falls, Rory (Teresa) Williamson of Tampa, Fla., Mike Williamson and Theresa (Terry) Fritz, both of Rock Falls, and Mary (Raymond) Burkholder of Green Bay, Wis.; 28 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Patricia Menchaca; granddaughter, Brianna Menchaca; two great-granddaughters, Sierra Hall and Brealynn Mendoza; six brothers, Paul, Jim, Ralph, Louis, Joe, and Angelo; and two sisters, Sunday Pyse and Victoria Pierce.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Homes is handling arrangements.

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