Guido Tiezzi

WASHINGTON - Guido "Tiz" Tiezzi, 97, of Metamora, formerly of Washington, passed away at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Snyder Village.

Guido was born on Sept. 2, 1915, in Farmington to Torquato and Camilla Tiezzi. He married Jean I. Birkett on Oct. 18, 1939, in Washington. Jean passed away on July 28, 1988, in Peoria.

Among those surviving are four sons, Stuart (Nancy) Tiezzi of Elmwood, Craig (Bonnie) Tiezzi of Brimfield, Curtis (Jan) Tiezzi of Washington and Bryan Tiezzi of Morton; six sisters, Nina Gray of Texas, Shirley Kellersterass, Louise Bonikowski and Elda Graves, all of Peoria, Virginia Laible of Washburn and Hazel Catteau of Washington; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Phyllis Sutton of Washington.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

Guido served as a marksman during World War II in the United States Army.

Following the service, Guido went to work for CILCO, where he retired after 30 years with the utility, last working as a crew leader for the gas department.

He was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington. He also had been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Eureka American Legion and a charter member of the Washington Lions Club. Guido also had served on the Washington Fire Department and was a retired volunteer fireman and also had served on the Washington Township Board as well as a precinct committeeman.

He will always be remembered for loving to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Guido also loved to dance, was a great cook and a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

Funeral services for Guido will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Crossroads United Methodist Church with Pastor Bob DeBolt and Pastor Tom Goodell officiating. Burial will follow in Glendale Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded. Visitation for Guido will be on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mason-White Funeral Home and a half hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to either Apostolic Christian Home for the handicapped in Morton or Washington Fire Department.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2013