Anthony L. Garnero

Anthony L. Garnero, age 94 of Bonita Springs, FL, born September 12, 1923 in Maryville, IL passed away on March 22, 2017 in Woodstock, GA.

Anthony attended Collinsville High School. After which he was invited to try out for the St. Louis Cardinals, but missed the cut. Tony served during WWII in the 96th Infantry Division. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He met Madeline while in military training in Wheaton, IL. She wanted to marry before he deployed. He wanted to wait. That decision was decided with a bowling match; they waited. Madeline and Tony were married on March 2, 1946 and shared 55 years of life together. He was an honest, straight-forward individual. He was kind, fair, and compassionate.

After being discharged from the Army, he began his working career in construction. He retired at the age of 57 as President of CMD Reality Co. He was also competitive and enjoyed games of skill and intellect. Tony had a true passion for golf, which was demonstrated by his many accomplishments: St. Charles CC Club Champion 1980-82; qualified and played in seven National Senior Amateur Championships; shot his age for the first time at 67 and proceeded to duplicate that feat many times, his last at age 92.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Marie nee Molinar Garnero; his wife, Madeline F. nee Dinan Garnero; a brother, Joe Garnero; a sister, Cathryne Kinder; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Garnero.

He is survived by three children: Mary Lee Johanson of St. Charles, IL, Larry Garnero of St. Charles, IL, and Joe (Sharon) Garnero of Woodstock, GA; two grandchildren: Michele Johanson and Shaun Garnero; and two great grandchildren.

Memorial visitation will be from 11am to 1pm on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville, IL.

Memorial service will be at 1pm with Father Joseph Havrilka officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Fairland Cemetery, Maryville, IL. 

Memorial donations can be made, in his name, to your local Junior Golf program or Veteran’s Charity of your choice.

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