William Maniscalco
1944 - 2021
Smith-Corcoran Palatine Funeral Home
185 E. Northwest Hwy.
Palatine, IL
William Maniscalco of Palatine, Illinois was called home to join his mother and father in Heaven on Friday, November 19 at age 77. Bill was an example to everyone he met of how to be a loving son, father, grandfather, husband, and friend. He was the beloved husband of Josephine, nee Gattuso. Adored father of William (Wendi) and Anthony (Brandi) Maniscalco. Loving Papa of Allison, William, Dominic, Aidan, Olivia, Lily, and Chase. Dear brother of John (the late Bonnie) Maniscalco and Francene (Ken) Rosenkrans. Loving cousin and uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Known by some to Bill and to many as Papa, Bill was born in Chicago in 1944 and was raised by an elegant, strong Italian mother and a gentle and kind father. He had childhood friends who he stayed close to for 70 years and spent time with weekly until the end of his life. His father owned a business called Mid-City Paving, which he and his brother John took over, turned into a thriving business, and ran for 35 years. Bill was a veteran; he loved his country fiercely and served in the Air Force National Guard as a Teletype Technician.

Bill met his wife Josie in 1963 when they were only 18 years old, at Merrimac's, a social athletic club where Bill would go every day with his friends. It was love at first sight. They were a living example of a classic love story to all who knew them. Bill proposed to Josie on Lake Michigan and they were married on May 7, 1966. Bill was intensely and selflessly devoted to Josie and their two sons, Bill and Anthony, and always ensured they were taken care of. When his sons got married and had kids, he cherished and adored all of his grandchildren. They all felt how proud he was and how much he loved them every moment they spent together. He was a doting husband, loving father, beloved grandfather, and a great friend to many.

Bill retired at 56 and never regretted it, enjoying his retirement and loving his life and his family for every moment. In his retirement, Bill could be found golfing with his friends (once even hitting a hole in one), rooting for the White Sox through the good and the bad, cooking pasta and pizza, and traveling with his family.

Nothing brought Bill more happiness than being surrounded by wife, his two sons, and his seven grandchildren. He would never end a conversation or walk away from you without making sure you felt loved. His sense of humor brought warmth and comfort and laughter to every room he entered. The impact he has left on all of our lives is beyond measure. We are all so much better for having known him, and we take comfort in celebrating his life and being grateful that we got to be a part of it.

The family will be welcoming visitors on Friday, November 26th, 5PM to 8PM, Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E Northwest Highway, Palatine. Funeral Mass on Saturday, November 27th, 10AM, St Theresa Church, 455 N Benton St, Palatine. Interment St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's name may be made to The V Foundation, http://www.v.org.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Nov. 24, 2021.
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Smith-Corcoran Palatine Funeral Home
185 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine, IL
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St Theresa Church
455 N Benton St, Palatine, IL
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The Mendez Family
December 2, 2021
Louis and Anna DeFilippi
November 27, 2021
Dear Josie and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Bill´s passing. We pray our Heavenly Father will watch over you all and give you strength at this most difficult time. When we were kids I had so many fond memories of Bill and what a loss your family will have but try to remember all the good and loving times you had together. Love Elaine and Family.
Elaine Parker
November 26, 2021
Our prayers are for strength for Josie and their family at this most difficult time with the loss of our cousin Bill Love Elaine
Elaine Zielke Parker
November 26, 2021
Josie and family ,So very sorry to hear about Billy passing away. I pray for our heavenly Father to comfort you and give you strength at this difficult time. Love, Debbie
Deborah Mallin
November 26, 2021
It is so hard to lose friends and so hard to lose trustworthy people you rely upon. Bill Maniscalco was both. I first met Bill when his son by the same name moved next door to me. As I got to know Bill and his wife Josie Bill and I used to kid each other... hello old man... who are you calling old man? You are as old as I am. No I am not. Etc. It was just friendly banter. As we go to know each other better a friendship developed further. He would tell me stories of how he grew up in Chicago and the tough characters he had to deal with. After a while I brought Bill on board as a Trustee of our sanitary district and Josie became my daughter´s sponsor for her Confirmation at Saint Collette RC School. Bill became my trusted partner as a Trustee and he will be sorely missed; but more than that he will be missed as a friend. Bill was a good guy, and that is just about the highest compliment anyone can receive.
Louis DeFilippi
November 26, 2021
Friends of Bill and Wendi
November 26, 2021
Bill, We were so saddened to hear of your dad's passing. Read about what a good guy he was. We know he will be missed by friends and family but will always be remembered in their hearts. Wishing you heartfelt condolences. Paul and Lisa
Paul and Lisa Blumberg
November 26, 2021
I have many fond memories of being at their loving home. They were the perfect couple and were so in love. I remember Josie singing the song all of the time. "Won´t you marry me Bill". May he Rest In Peace and now look down on his family and see all of the love.
Cynthia Hall Lantigua
November 25, 2021
Josie & Family, My deepest sympathy for the loss of your incredible husband & father. I will keep you all in my thoughts & prayers. Love, Ann Marie Randazzo
Ann Marie Randazzo
November 24, 2021
Our deepest sympathy at the loss of Bill. He was a truly a wonderful man who will be greatly missed .
Bob and Sally Kleis
November 24, 2021
Dear Bill, Wendi and family: I am so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but by reading this amazing tribute to him, I feel like I knew him. It's no wonder you, Bill, are the man you are. May you be comforted by the many memories you shared with your Dad and all the opportunities you had to spend time with him - for that is truly a gift. I am truly very sorry for your loss and send my heartfelt condolences to you, your entire family and your dear mom. Warmly, Stacey Kalamaras
Stacey Kalamaras
November 24, 2021
Raul and Amy Rizo-Patron
November 24, 2021
I am very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Bill and I worked together at Schaumburg Golf Course. We became friends and golfed together often. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to the entire Maniscalco family.
James Drexler
November 24, 2021
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