Angelo Orlando

Angelo Orlando

1935 - 2012

Angelo Orlando, 77, late of McHenry County, Ill., died Thursday, Nov. 8, at Northeastern Illinois Hospice, Woodstock, Ill., following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Chicago, Aug. 23, 1935, son of Joseph and Caroline Orlando.

Angelo joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1953. During his 14-month stay in Korea, he was promoted to Corporal, then to Acting Mess Sergeant. In 1956 in California he married Lois Olbekson. For four years, they owned and operated two restaurants outside San Diego.

After relocating to Lake County, Ill., in 1961, he joined the Waukegan News-Sun where he worked for four years. Upon leaving the News-Sun, he was part-owner and publisher for the Lake County Circle and the Buyers Guide.

In the mid-1970s, serving as general manager of the Great Lakes Bulletin, he was instrumental in area businesses being able to advertise in the Bulletin. In 1978, he joined the Zion-Benton News and Bargaineer as general manager. Shortly thereafter, United Communications Corporation, Kenosha-based publishers of the Kenosha News, purchased the Zion operations and retained Angelo as general manager. After suffering a heart attack, he retired in 1988, but was retained as a consultant.

Angelo was actively involved in many business organizations in Zion and the surrounding areas. He served as president of the Zion Business Association, vice president of the Zion Chamber of Commerce and Round Lake Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Italian-American Club of Western Lake County.

Angelos interest in antiques lead to his opening the first antique shop in Richmond, Ill., in 1970. His favorite past time for 30 years was as a boater on the Chain-of-Lakes where he was the proud owner of a 1968, 31-foot Chris Craft Commander, his pride and joy.

He is survived by sons, Gary (Linda) of Garner, N.C., and Joe (Karen) of Harvard, Ill.; and daughter, Valerie (Larry Haustein) of Littleton, Colo. Other survivors include grandchildren, Michael (Santina) of McHenry, Ill., Lisa (Gabriel Perez) of Wonder Lake, Ill.; two great-grandsons, Jayden Orlando Perez and Jonah Michael Orlando; step-children, Tim and Tina Freeman and step-grandchildren, Matthew, Stephanie and Aaron Freeman and Katelyn, Nathaniel and Breanna Smith. His children, grandchildren and great-grandsons were the shining lights in his life. He was preceded in death by his devoted partner Dianne Orear Orlando, his parents, sisters, Diane and Joan, and an infant son.

He lived his life to the fullest as the life of the party and, because of his love for people, had many, long-lasting friendships.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, Ill. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Colonial Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Millburn Cemetery, Millburn, Ill.

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