Albert J. Apponi

–  05/04/2016

 

Albert J. Apponi 83, of Villa Park, IL beloved husband of the late Evonne nee Ptacek, loving father of Doreen (Scott) Anderson and Michael (Kate) Apponi, dear grandfather of Larissa (Daniel) Mueller, Marina Anderson and Xander and Willow Apponi, fond brother of the late Carlo (Pearl) Apponi, dear uncle of Carl, Ron Apponi and Marisa Boffa, great uncle of Gina, Carla and Vince Boffa and George Kosmach. Visitation Monday May 9, 2016 3 to 8 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home 350 S. Ardmore Ave, Villa Park, IL Funeral Tuesday in state 9:00 a.m. until Mass time 10:00 a.m. at St. Alexander Church 300 S. Cornell, Villa Park, IL Interment private in lieu of flowers memorials to Misericordia 6300 North Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660 for info 630-832-4161

Born in Amaseno, Italy immigrating to the U.S. as a young boy at the age of 4, he didn’t let a day go by where his Italian heritage didn’t influence his life. Growing up in the Cicero/VanBuren area of Chicago, he attended St. Mel Catholic high school graduating class of 1952 named the Romeo’s. The friendships he made then carried through to present day where he joined the Romeo’s every month to share lunch and conversation.After a short stint in the army as a drum major, he then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. This allowed him to begin his lifetime career as a graphic artist. Starting off in the late 1950’s doing this design work manually laying out type by hand, continuing with that method until he converted in the 1990’s (in his early 60’s) to use computers and software which is still in use by designers in present day.

He always said that Italian cooking was easy, as long as simple quality ingredients were used and he shared his love of cooking with his children and grandchildren allowing them to continue the traditions. Gardening was a passion of his, growing basil every summer which became some of the best homemade pesto Genovese ever made.

His love of Italy, brought him and his family back there numerous times along with venturing to many other countries on additional trips. Al was always teaching and advising family members to help them ensure long-term stability and happiness, by having values to always do what’s right along with strong work ethic.

 

 

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