Anthony G. Chinino
April 30, 1948 - October 28, 2008
Oak Forest officials on Tuesday mourned the loss of one of their own, Ald. Tony Chinino (1st), who died Monday. [SSDI says "Tuesday, October 28, 2008".
Friends and family remembered Mr. Chinino for being outspoken, forthright and sometimes gruff. But he also was remembered for being passionate about his work as an alderman, his community and the youth sports teams he coached.
Resident Felicia DePyper, who managed Mr. Chinino's first aldermanic campaign six years ago, said she never knew him to be in a negative mood.
"He was always just so positive. On the campaign, he just loved to sit with people and talk to them for hours. And anything I wanted to talk to him about going on in our ward, I could always call him," DePyper said
Mr. Chinino had been beset by health problems during the past 18 months. He had the lower part of one leg amputated in the summer of 2007 following an infection. He had a heart attack several weeks ago but only missed one city council meeting.
Despite his health problems, Mr. Chinino maintained his upbeat demeanor.
Ald. Chuck Toland (4th) said Mr. Chinino's greatest attributes were his generosity and willingness to work.
"He always said, 'Give it to me, I'll do it,' " Toland said.
That attitude was what led Mr. Chinino to run for alderman. Toland said Mr. Chinino had heard consistent complaints from residents in his ward, so he decided to run for the office to resolve the problems.
Mr. Chinino and Toland worked together for more than a decade with the Oak Forest Raiders youth football team, where Mr. Chinino developed a reputation as being a dedicated coach, booster and mentor to kids. He also coached with the Oak Forest Baseball Association.
He worked for Nabisco for 37 years and often woul load up his car trunk with donated food and pass it out to his football players whenever he could, friends said.
Mr. Chinino also was committed to veterans issues. An Army Vietnam veteran, he worked to bring a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Oak Forest earlier this month.
Ald. Richard Simon (2nd) worked with Mr. Chinino on that project. He said he will dearly miss his council colleague.
"He was the kind of guy who accomplished so much. He was well liked, and he genuinely cared for the position he held and the constituents he served in his ward," Simon said.
Mr. Chinino is survived by his wife, Lynn, sons Tony and Brian, brothers Eugene and Michael, sister Patricia Wilfringer and grandson Michael.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Lawn Funeral Home, 7732 W. 159th St., Orland Park. A chapel service will be at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday.
Lawrence W. Batson
Lawrence W. Batson, 57, formerly of Frankfort, died Oct. 24, 2008. He was an insurance agent. Arrangements are by Gerardi Funeral Home, (815) 469-2144.
Kevin E. Bishop
Kevin E. Bishop, 55, formerly of Frankfort, died Oct. 25, 2008. He was a truck driver. Arrangements are by Gerardi Funeral Home, (815) 469-2144.
Raymond P. Gnat
Raymond P. Gnat, 87, of Evergreen Park, died Oct. 27, 2008. He was a salesman. Arrangements are by Kosary Funeral Home, (708) 499-3223.
Betty Jane Hall
Betty Jane Hall (nee Lausch), 84, of Matteson, died Oct. 28, 2008. She was a homemaker. Arrangements are by Colonial Chapel, (708) 532-5400.
Romona Presz (nee Belz), 84, of Palos Hills, died Oct. 27, 2008. She was a homemaker. Arrangements are by Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, (708) 974-4410.
Irene A. Pruim
Irene A. Pruim (nee Lodewegen), 88, of Palos Heights, died Oct. 27, 2008. She was the co-owner of Pruim's Farm Stand. Arrangements are by Colonial Chapel, (708) 532-5400.
Wallace Washington, 61, formerly of Chicago Heights, died Oct. 26, 2008. He was a school teacher. Arrangements are by McCullough Funeral and Cremation Services, (708) 758-2880.
Anthony "Mickey" Coyle
Anthony "Mickey" Coyle, 84, of Palos Hills, died Oct. 26, 2008. He was a retired Chicago firefighter. Arrangements are by Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, (708) 975-4410.
Irene A. Kurzweil
Irene A. Kurzweil (nee Asplund), 85, formerly of Midlothian, died Oct. 26, 2008. She was a homemaker. Arrangements are by Hickey Memorial Chapels, (708) 385-4478.
Edmund Wein, 90, of South Chicago Heights, died Oct. 25, 2008. He was a retired tool and die foreman for General Motors' ElectroMotive Division. Arrangements are by Panozzo Brothers Funeral Home, (708) 481-9230.
Carol R. Koch
Carol R. Koch (nee Heft), 57, of Country Club Hills, formerly of Chicago Heights, died Oct. 22, 2008. She was an office manager. Arrangements are by Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (708) 754-0016.
Don VanMilligan, 71, of Highland, Ind., formerly of Harvey, died Oct. 24, 2008. He owned a delivery service. Arrangements are by Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, (708) 333-7000.
May M. Dalach
May M. Dalach (nee Wesbrook) , 91, of Midlothian, died Oct. 22, 2008. She was a retired bank teller. Arrangements are by Thornridge Funeral Home, (708) 460-2300.
William A. Harrison
William A. Harrison, 66, of Crete, died Oct. 21, 2008. He worked in sales and served in the Air Force. Arrangements are by Woods Funeral Home, (708) 755-2010.
Dorothy O. Sparks
Dorothy O. Sparks (nee Shaw), 90, of University Park, died Oct. 23, 2008. She was a homemaker. Arrangements are by Gerardi Funeral Home, (815) 469-2144.
Lawrence M. Blum
Lawrence M. Blum, 80, of Palos Hills, died Oct. 22, 2008. He was a precision grinder. Arrangements are by Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, (708) 974-4410.
Evelyn Chiocca (nee Triezenberg), 87, of Orland Park, died Oct. 21, 2008. She was a homemaker. Arrangements are by Colonial Chapel, (708) 532-5400.
Linda L. Hagen
Linda L. Hagen (nee Anderson), of Oak Lawn, died Oct. 22, 2008. She was a homemaker. Arrangements are by Kosary Funeral Home, (708) 499-3223.