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Charles Vansaghi

9/15/1930 - 4/13/2019

MANITO ~ Charles Vansaghi, 88, of Manito, passed away at 7:17 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin.
 
Born September 15, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Charles and Nellie (Forney) Vansaghi, he married Janice Kelley in 1951 in Peoria.  He later married Helen Chism in 1971.  She preceded him in death in 1994.  He then married Shirley Taylor Smith in 2003 in Manito.  
 
Surviving are his wife, Shirley, of Manito; four sons, Kelly (Sue) Vansaghi of Pekin, Tony (Donetta) Vansaghi of South Pekin, Greg (Miro) Vansaghi of San Antonio, Texas and Randy (Lorie Recar) Vansaghi of Pekin; one sister, Charlene Davidson of Peoria; one step-son, Robert Smith of Manito; two step-daughters, Sherry (Rodney) Emmons of Manito and April (Dan) Riggs of Rockford.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Lee Davidson; his first wife, Janice Kelley; and his step-son, Don Smith.
 
Charlie had worked for Lonza, Inc., retiring in 1992 after over 25 years of service.  He also had previously worked for Armour Meats in Peoria and Commercial Sullivans in Peoria.
 
He attended Spalding Academy High School.  He played every sport that was offered, including baseball, basketball and football.  When he played basketball there, his team made it to the Sweet 16.  He later played semi-pro football for the Peoria Rockets.
 
Charlie was proud to be part of five living generations in the Vansaghi family.  He had a zest for live and lived life to the fullest.  He treasured memories of hunting with his Dad and cousins.  He also enjoyed fishing, bowling and golfing throughout his life.
 
Later in life, Charlie loved traveling with his beloved wife, Shirley.  They would often visit casinos and enjoyed playing cards and Bingo.  He loved to eat and appreciated a good meal.
 
Cremation rites will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  There will be no services or visitation.  
 
Memorial contributions may be given to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at 1250 Fourth St. Santa Monica, CA 90401.
 

 

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