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 Louis J. Bottino

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Louis J. Bottino

  • Birth 29 May 1918 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 30 Jan 2012 Streator, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Streator, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 84339873

STREATOR — Louis J. Bottino, 93, of Streator, died Monday morning, Jan. 30, at Evergreen Place in Streator.

Funeral services for Louis Bottino will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Elias Funeral Home in Streator. The Rev. Dustin Schultz will officiate and also conduct graveside services at Riverview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dalton Brown, Bob Brown, Scott Schafer, John Miller, Paul Burkett and Kurt Freese. Full military rites including honor guard, taps and flag folding will be provided by members of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1492 and American Legion Post 217. Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday at Elias Funeral Home.

Born May 29, 1918, in Chicago, he was the son of Joseph and Josephine (Asciutto) Bottino. He married Evelyn L. Handzus on Aug. 16, 1941. She died July 2, 2010.

He is survived by daughters, Marilyn (Ray T.) Spencer of Divernon, Marcia (Arthur) Burkett of Batavia and Linda (Greg) Carpenter of Streator; grandchildren, Carolyn (Robert) Brown, Tracey (Larry) Shaw, Paul (Sheila) Burkett, Gina (John) Miller, Carrie (Scott) Schafer, Kris (Kurt) Freese and Amy (Adam) Porter; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Agnes Campise of Chicago, Connie Doran of Chicago and Josephine (Ignatius) Fricano of Divernon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; granddaughter, Susanna Spencer; brothers John, Steven and Steve Bottino; sisters, Mary McDonald, Antoinette Lanucha and Rose Kurban.

Louis served in the U.S. Army, serving in the War of Occupation and was a guard on a transport train that transferred POWs.

He worked all his life as a plaster and cement mason and also worked at the Seneca Shipyard as a welder before he was drafted.

He was a former member of St. Stephen's Church, Veterans of Foreign War Post 1492 and American Legion Post 217, all of Streator.

Dad was the fourth child born into a large Italian family that eventually numbered 10. In the 1920s his immigrant parents moved to Streator from Chicago after a family tragedy that claimed the life of his older brother, Steven. They settled on Water Street in a neighborhood comprised mainly of Italian and Irish families where the smell of spaghetti sauce and corned beef and cabbage lingered in the air long after the children finished their nightly prayers.

He was inventive and intuitive and once fashioned himself a bicycle out of discarded parts he found in the junkyard. His older brother, Jack, taught him how to drive a truck at the age of eight. When attending St. Mary's school he was a diligent student and appreciated his opportunity to learn. However, at the tender age of 11 his father informed him he would have to quit school in order to work and contribute to the family income. With a heavy heart he turned in his schoolbooks for a shovel and bucket mixing lime, or gypsum, sand and water and began his apprenticeship in plastering at the knee of his father and brother Jack. He and Jack would perfect their trade and eventually become partners as Bottino Brothers Plaster and Stucco Contractors.

Although he had only a limited education, he accrued a vast amount of knowledge over the span of 93 years. He was a crossword puzzle fanatic and a voracious reader. He traveled the world from the confines of his recliner, each book a different destination taking him further than he ever traveled by car. From Grisham to Baldacci, McMurtry to King, he tried them all. He taught himself plumbing and carpentry and at the age of 82 decided to remodel his house. He never gave up on life until it gave up on him.

"Dad made each of us girls a wooden bench. Mine sits on my front porch next to the door. Welcome, sit and rest awhile, it calls to me. The paint is peeling. It has been seasoned by the snow and rain and dried by the sun. It says dad."


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  • Created by: Ken Nagel
  • Added: 1 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84339873
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louis J. Bottino (29 May 1918–30 Jan 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84339873, citing Riverview Cemetery, Streator, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Ken Nagel (contributor 47221898) .