This morning my dearest Grandpa left this world and headed right toward the pearly gates where no doubt he is eating chocolate covered cherries and playing a game of Euchre. Today will be short - we are making preparations now to get ourselves and family to Knoxville for the services on Wednesday. Just in our immediate family that has meant people coming from New Hampshire, New York, Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California. Please pray for the safe travels of our whole family.
Connor - your Great Grandpa was a wonderful man and I will be sure his legacy lives on. He was oh so hoping you would be born on his birthday 9/1 but was just as thrilled to have you arrive just a few days later. He was looking forward to adding you to the "Labor Day" birthday celebrations. He loved you very much.
Here is the obituary on your Great-Grandpa Tom:
TOM SACCO, age 82, of Knoxville, Illinois died on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 7:58 A.M. at his residence in Knoxville, Illinois. Tom was born on September 1, 1927 in Clarkdale, Iowa, the son of Charley and Mary Valentine Sacco. He married Betty N. Willaert on September 17, 1949 in East Moline, Illinois. She survives of Knoxville, Illinois.
Also surviving are one daughter, Christine (Jim) Coughlin of Peru, Illinois; two sons, David (Marissa) Sacco of Phoenix, Arizona and Dan (Penny) Sacco of Dubuque, Iowa; grandchildren, Keith Coughlin of Astoria, New York, Kristin Sacco of San Diego, Caolifornia, Erin (Michael) Sacco Pineda of San Diego, California, Tracy (Scott) Leffler of Fridley, Minnesota, Julie (Dan Paulsrud) Coughlin of New Berlin, Wisconsin, Natalie Sacco of Dubuque, Iowa and Gabriel (Amanda Davidshofer) Sacco of Dubuque, Iowa; four great grandchildren, Grace Leffler, Connor Paulsrud, Nolan Sacco Pineda and Jacob Sacco Pineda; three brothers, Bob Sacco of Cincinnati, Iowa, Paul (Mary) Sacco of East Moline, Illinois and Gary (Donna) Sacco of Moravia, Iowa; three sisters, Joann (John) Lasley of Moline, Illinois, Mary Ann (Joe) Wetmore of Centerville, Iowa and Judy (Tony) Buban of Mystic, Iowa and many nieces and nephews in Illinois and Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
Tom was employed by John Deere in Moline, Illinois and Dubuque, Iowa for 35 years, retiring in 1982. A skilled woodworker, he built four homes and many furnishings, toys and gifts for family and friends. He was a member of the Knox County Woodworkers Group building wooden toys for needy children. He and his wife lived at Oak Run for many years, where Tom served as a board member for the Property Owners Association and President of the Golf Committee. He served as president of the Holy Ghost Parish Council in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Galesburg, Illinois and of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Tom suffered from macular degeneration and underwent treatment at the University of Iowa Medical Center where he was able to regain his sight. He shared his experience and information about macular degeneration with various community groups and individuals. Tom enjoyed fishing, golf and card games, especially bridge and euchre, with family and friends.
Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Galesburg, Illinois. Father William Miller officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois with Rosary at 7:00 P.M. Private Inurnment at a later date at the Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church to establish a fund to assist the poor or for the intentions of the family. On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
I miss you already Grandpa.