McHENRY – Raymond P. Pieroni, 89, of McHenry, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.|
He was born June 17, 1923, in Chicago to Ernesto and Teresa (Peccioli) Pieroni. He married Mabel D. Pioli on Jan. 13, 1951.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served during World War II in the western Pacific as a gunner's mate aboard the U.S.S. Maddox. Raymond was severely injured when the Maddox was struck by an enemy Japanese kamikaze aircraft on Jan. 21, 1945. He received the World War II victory medal and was awarded a Purple Heart.
While living in Chicago, Raymond summered in McHenry for many years before moving to McHenry with his family in 1949. He and his family, including his father and brothers, founded and operated the original Bimbo's restaurant since 1949. After flourishing as a popular restaurant in McHenry for many years, the family operation was sold in 1988, and remains in operation today as a popular McHenry destination.
Raymond enjoyed many Navy reunions throughout the years, as well as memberships in the American Legion Post 491 and VFW Post 4600 in McHenry.
He also was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in McHenry, a member of Moose Lodge 691 in McHenry and a former member of Woodstock Elk Lodge 1143.
He and his wife received recognition by a national company as well as local publications for Christmas decor and design and promoting family traditions during the holidays. Raymond was a gifted handyman and enjoyed playing cards, but especially enjoyed spending time with his loving family.
He is survived by three children, Renee (Michael) Carberry of Avon, Ind., Denise Pieroni of McHenry and Delavan, Wis., and Raymond (Nancy) Pieroni of Crystal Lake; seven grandchildren, Brian Carberry, Derek Pack, Daniel Carberry, Kevin Pack, Elizabeth Pieroni, Caitlin Pieroni and Michaela Pieroni; a brother, Edward; a sister, Diana (Chuck) Tonyan; and a sister-in-law, Julie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mabel, on June 8, 2005; and brother, Ernest "Jr."
The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry. The visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the funeral home, before leaving in procession for the 11 a.m. funeral Mass celebration at St. Patrick Catholic Church, McHenry. Interment with military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, McHenry.
Memorials may be made to JourneyCare, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an online condolence message for his family.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Apr. 8, 2013