Bruno DeToni

Date of Birth

Apr 21,1924

Date of Death

Nov 02,2017

Bruno DeToni, age 93, of Elburn, IL, formerly of Franklin Park, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Geneva, IL, at Delnor Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 21st, 1924 to proud parents, Santo and Teresa DeToni of Belluno, Italy. They were first generation Italians and he was the third of six children. Bruno grew up in the city of Chicago, attended Crane Technical High School, and graduated in 1942. In his younger years, he was an avid baseball player; some might say he was the best on his team. For Bruno, nothing was more important than baseball. The Chicago Cubs were his all-time favorite team. Bruno had always hoped to make it to the Major Leagues. After being drafted by the Memphis Chicks, he suddenly had to come back to Chicago due to his father’s passing and to help support his family. His dreams of being in the Major Leagues had begun to fade. Bruno married in the 1940’s and had 5 beautiful children with his former wife. Holidays were very important to Bruno. Each holiday was filled with family traditions, with no shortage of food or eating, and it was family time well spent together. He had a passion for food, his favorites being pasta and meatballs. Bruno also had a love for fishing. His boat was like his second home and he was always out on the water. One of his greatest accomplishments was when salmon were introduced to Lake Michigan and he caught the largest one on record. Of the many tournaments Bruno won, that winning catch was his most prized. When Bruno wasn’t competing, he would often bring his boys out on his “second home” and teach them the ways of fishing with the hopes that one day they would carry on the tradition like their dad. When he wasn’t on the water, Bruno worked for Klockner Engineering, where he was a tool/dye maker before he retired in April of 1989. Shortly after retiring Bruno moved to Elburn, IL where he has made his home for the last 21 years, in a retirement community and his family atmosphere did not fade. He never missed Bingo, though others thought they had won when he shared his home made cakes with all his friends. While Bruno was living there, he was able to realize a dream and see his beloved Cubs finally win the World Series. He always knew his team would pull through for him someday and they did. His memory will live on through his family and friends, who will miss him dearly. He is survived by his beloved children: Dale (Connie) DeToni, Paul (Ginny) DeToni, Gina (Anthony) Salemi, Brian (Shannon) DeToni, Daughter-in-law Angela DeToni; seven grandchildren: Angela, Giavanna, Nicholas, MarkAnthony, Tawnirae, Michelle and Samantha and two great grandchildren: Frank and Alissa. Bruno is preceded in death by his parents, Santo and Teresa, and his son Mark A. DeToni.

All services are private.

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