INDEPENDENCE – Anthony F. (Tony) Alessio 70, of Independence died Saturday morning, Jan. 4 at ABCM Rehabilitation Center East Campus in Independence.
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Tony was born on Aug. 21, 1943 in Oelwein, the son of Fred and Marlys (Bennett) Alessio. After graduating from Oelwein High School, Tony served his country as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Tony and Joanne (Nolan) were married in 1967 in Cedar Rapids. They moved to Independence where Tony owned and operated Little Anthony's Pizza House. Later he worked at Corn Blossom meat processing plant, and then he attended nursing school. He was employed at Buchanan County Health Center as an RN until his retirement in 2006. Tony especially enjoyed fishing, gardening, music and dancing, and supporting his favorite sports teams; the Cubs, Yankees, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Packers. He was a history buff, coin collector, and an avid movie watcher.
Tony is survived by his wife Joanne and his five children; Angela (Michael) Toale of Cresco, Anthony (Ellen) Alessio of Marion, Theresa (Troy) Butters of Independence, Lucia (Tim) Waskow of Dunlap, Ill., and John (Melissa) Alessio of Centennial, Colo.; eight Grandchildren; Madeline and Catherine Toale, Joseph and Sophia Alessio, Lydia and Alaina Butters, and Matthew and Mason Waskow. Also surviving is his brother John (Lucie) Alessio of Lighthouse Point, Fla.; and three sisters: Patricia Mahoney, Maureen (Jerry) Nolan, and Teresa (Mitch) Murphy, all of Oelwein.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents Marlys and Fred Alessio, and two brothers Fred and Gregory. We will miss his love for family and life's lessons within his witty sayings.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence with Rev. Don Plamondon officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, where a rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. and a Parish Wake service at 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 6 to Jan. 25, 2014
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