James Compobasso James Compobasso died peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev., his home for the past 25 years. Jimmy was born on May 2, 1925, in Chicago, the son of Patsy and Carmella Campobasso. His fathers and brothers owned Patsy's Pizzeria on Ogden Avenue, and it was here Jimmy developed his love of the restaurant and food business. Jimmy worked in this industry up until his death at a number of Chicago establishments and then with Aramark in Las Vegas, where he worked at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the MGM Grand Hotel. He was preceded in death by his beloved Florence (nee Genovese). The pair met at a Chicago dance hall, where they shared an instant attraction fueled by the loves of dancing and being the life of the party. After raising their family in Chicago, they retired together to Las Vegas where Jimmy remained following Florence's death. No matter where Jimmy went, he was the mayor of the small community of people he drew around him. He will be missed by many family members and friends. He is survived by his son, Patrick (Barbara); daughters, Carm (Robert) Morrison and Carol (Pat) Ventrello; grandchildren, Cherise (Timothy) Mattix, Christy (Jesse) Byrer, Carrie (Andrew) Kittrell, Carly Compobasso, Rosie Ventrello, Rocky Ventrello, Tiffany (David) Wayman and Scott Potempa; great-granddaughter, Lily Mattix; and brother, Len (Vera) Campobasso. To honor Jimmy, play the video poker machine the next time you're in Las Vegas, order a Tom Collins, and hope for a royal flush. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Saint Edna Catholic Church, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Ill., with a one hour lie in state prior. A visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine, Ill. Entombment will be in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. Memorials may be made to
. For information, 847-358-7411 or www.ahlgrimffs.com.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on April 13, 2012