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Richard A. Ciarniello Richard A. "Cheech" Ciarniello, 63, passed away Nov. 9, 2012, at Bethany Rehab and Nursing Center after, a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family who will miss him dearly in the days ahead. He was born Nov. 30, 1948, in Chicago, to Philip and Phyllis Ciarniello. He married Andrea, "the love of his life" on May 25,1991. Some of their favorite memories include seeing The Jersey Boys six times, an Alaskan Cruise, and spending time with family and friends. Rich was a lifelong Cubs and Bears fan, but his greatest joy came from his five grandchildren who range in age from 2 to 22 years old. Rich had a special bond with his younger brother, Joe. They were not just brothers, they were best friends. His passion for cooking and good food led him to a life long career in the food industry. He was employed by his alma mater, N.I.U. for the past 16 years in the dining and food services, where he developed lifelong friendships. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the outstanding care provided by Kishwaukee Cancer Center, Bethany Rehab Center and Heartland Hospice. "You provided comfort to not only Rich but his entire family. We will be forever grateful." Survivors include his wife, Andrea; stepchildren, Kelly (Wade) Maisto of St. Charles, Tina (Kevin) Mastrangelo of St. Charles and Jim (Becky) Burke of DeKalb; his five grandchildren, Erica, Jordan and Kevin Maisto, and Aidan and Connor Mastrangelo; his mother, Phyllis; brother, Joe Ciarniello of Oswego; nephew, Philip Prusa of AZ; cousins, Valerie Beckwith of Elgin and Mickey Zalusky of CA; and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Philip; and sister, Phyllis Prusa. His visitation will be on Monday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m., with Rev. Paul Bischoff officiating. Burial will be private. At the families request, please refrain from expressing any condolences/cards to his mother. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Heartland Hospice, Bethany Rehab and Nursing Center or the Kishwaukee Cancer Care Center, c/o the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Nov. 11, 2012
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