Funeral services for Louis D. Viscioni, 99, of East Moline, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline, where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Mr. Viscioni died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Village Activity Fund. Louis was born May 2, 1913, in Moline, the son of Emidio Dominick and Barbara Fidanza Viscioni. During the 1930s, he was a Silver Gloves Boxing Champion and an active member of the Viscioni Tigers Boxing Club. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Elsie M. Janssens Feb. 23, 1946, in Rock Island. She died May 31, 1991. He retired from John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, in 1971, after 35 years of service. Louis was active in his community. He had served as 4th Ward alderman in East Moline for 16 years. He had been a member of the East Moline American Legion Post 227 and its Honor Guard, AMVETS, Catholic Order of Foresters, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Moline Boulders Club and UAW Local 865. He enjoyed bowling, rolle bolle and working jigsaw puzzles. He had been a proud member of the former St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Moline. Survivors include his daughters, Patricia (Ron) Thompson, Colona, and Michelle Viscioni, East Moline; sons, Thomas (Laura) Viscioni, East Moline, and Gerald (Diana) Viscioni, East Moline; grandchildren, Michael (Lia) Hanson, Heather (Joe) Sullivan and Anthony (Yvonne) Viscioni; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Leandra Viscioni and Colin Hanson; five nieces; many great nieces and nephews; and special caregiver, Jan DeCap. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Barbara; grandson, Ronald Viscioni; sisters, Anne DeMeyer and Mary Mueller; brother, Albert "Bert" Viscioni; two nephews; and a niece. The family would like to thank Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo, for its excellent care. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.
Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch. 1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department. 1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.