Niosi, Emil J. 92, of Bradenton, FL, previously of Bloomington, MN, passed away, Feb. 2, 2013. He was born Apr. 28, 1920 in the Bronx, NY. Emil married his high school sweetheart Madeline (Jackson) on May 20, 1942 in Stewart Manor, Long Island. He is survived by his wife, Madeline, and two sisters; by five children, Donald (Jeanne), Punta Gorda, FL; Charles (Patricia), St. Cloud, MN; James, Bradenton, FL; Stephen (Kimberly), Prior Lake, MN and Catherine (Doug) Dehn, Anoka, MN; and by ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Emil spent his formative years in Floral Park, Long Island, where he graduated from Sewanhaka High School. He went on to study flute and piccolo at the Juilliard School of Music. He performed professionally first with the St. Louis Symphony in 1942 and moved to the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1944 (presently Minnesota Orchestra) until his retirement in 1988. During those years, he performed with the Goldman Band of New York for 19 summers and accompanied the famous opera singer, Lily Pons, on four lengthy tours. He travelled the world with the symphony. He taught and inspired hundreds of students from Minnesota high schools. He was a faculty member of the University of Minnesota and other colleges. Beside music, Emil loved flying and piloted his own planes. He was a member of various flying organizations. He also loved the water and sailed "the Music Man" in Minnesota and on Sarasota Bay. He was an avid photographer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2:00 pm at Brown & Sons, 5624 26th Street W., Bradenton, FL with a reception to follow. Memorials can be donated to American Legion Post 24 in Bradenton.
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Published in Star Tribune on Feb. 10, 2013