John Tonin, 85, of Waukegan, Illinois passed away August 31, 2006 at his home. John was born July 9, 1921 at the family's home on Market Street in Waukegan. He was the son of Leopoldina Rostan and John Tonin.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines. John retired in 1997 from North Shore Gas Company after 57 years of dedicated service. His love of 12 inch, fast pitch softball began at West School in 1936 as third baseman. John's team won two Tri-State and two Lake County Tournament Championships. John formed the Waukegan Bombers in the 50's playing and managing the team for 10 years. He played until 1976 when he decided to hang up his glove. He was inducted into the Waukegan Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. His first wife, Helen (Buksas) Tonin died of cancer in 1968. John remarried Ann Redmond Yore of Lake Forest and they were together until Ann's death in 1991.
John is survived by a sister, Mary Langford of Dallas, TX; two foster brothers, Chuck Alcorn of Mission Viejo, CA and Bobby Alcorn of Phoenix, AZ; a son, Thomas (Daniel) Tonin of Beach Park, IL; daughter, Barbara (Ken) Albert of Waukegan; step daughters, Doralee (Stu) of Vernon Hills, Sue Moody of California; grandchildren, Joseph and Susan Tonin of Beach Park; step grandchildren, Lori (Scott) Knesley and Holly (Mark) Speckan of Vernon Hills, Gary Grogan and Tim Grogan of Lake County, IL, Tara Cottrell, Natalie Cottrell and Vanessa Moody of California; step great grandchildren, Melissa, Andrew Knesley and Katie, Kelly Speckman.
He was predeceased by siblings, John Tonin who died as an infant, Jennie Tonin who died in the 1918 flu epidemic, Sophie Magden Wallace Ellsworth , Pauline Tosi, Anna Louise Wegrzyn.
Visitation will be held 5 to 8:30 PM Tuesday, September 5, 2006 and Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at MARSH FUNERAL HOME, 1521 Washington St., Waukegan, IL, 60085. The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Anastasia Church. Interment will be at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, IL, 60601-7633. For additional funeral info please call 847-336-0127.