Nelson Joseph Capitano, Jr.
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Nelson Joseph Capitano, Jr., 71, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Nelson was born April 11, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Long Island, N.Y. His parents were the late Nelson and Concetta Benedetto Capitano. He met Malinda Ann Hoecker, an Eastern Airline attendant and love of his life, while he was working as a NYC police officer at the World's Fair. They married Feb. 19, 1966; "Muff" preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 2010.
Nelson began his public service career as a policeman in NYC and was in the US Marine Reserves. After moving to Illinois, he was a Trooper with the Illinois State Police, served as the ISEARCH officer for missing and exploited children, and with the DARE program. Nelson and his wife were Realtors in the Springfield area for many years. After retirement, Mr. Capitano was a communication consultant with several Verizon companies, and led the company in sales. He enjoyed sales because he got to talk with people.
Nelson recently restored his 1969 Camero RS. Fully restored, it received first place at every show it was in!
Nelson will be greatly missed by his children: Nicholas (Melissa) Capitano of Ashburn, Va., Michael (Lindsey) Capitano and Kristin Capitano all of Springfield; grandchildren: Gia and Tessa of Ashburn, Va., and Tony of Springfield; brother-in-law, Bob (Barbara) Hoecker of Danville, Ill.; several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Visitation: His family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, July 28 at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham.
Funeral will be at 9:30 a.m., Monday, July 29 at Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham, with Msgr. David Lantz officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to the www.cancer.org.
Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham, is serving Mr. Capitano's family. For online condolences, please visit www.staabpolk.com.