STERLING – Anthony Frank “Tony” Papoccia, 59, of Sterling, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Huntsville, Ark., while on a golfing vacation with friends. He retired in 2004 from UPS Inc. after 28 years. After his retirement, he managed and operated Moonlight Bay Marina until his death.
Tony was born Jan. 22, 1955, in Sterling, to Tony and Helen (Conklin) Papoccia. He graduated from Newman High School in 1973, and attended Elmhurst College. Tony was an avid golfer, boater, Chicago Bears, and St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Survivors include two sons, Nick (Shay) Papoccia of Lanark and Matt (Jennifer) Papoccia of Belvidere; friend, Harlene Hammett of Sterling; three sisters, Nancy (Gene) Hafner and Bobbi (Gary) Adams, both of Sterling, and Sue (David) Ely of Dixon; three brothers, Mike (Mary) Papoccia and Terry (Pam) Papoccia, both of Sterling, and Mark (Noelle) Papoccia of Mokena; and six grandchildren that he cherished, Cora, Cecilia, Brooklyn, Molly, Oliver, and James Papoccia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Helen; his paternal grandparents, Peter and Cecelia Papoccia; his maternal grandmother, Nellie Conklin; and his great-grandparents, Ed and Dora Sheehan.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Visitation also will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday and the Mass of the Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. James Keenan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling arrangements.
A memorial has been established.
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