Rockford Police Relief Association, 42nd Biennial Ball – 1986

Source:  Rockford Police Relief Association, 42nd Biennial Ball, May 23, 1986, Forest Hills Lodge

John M. Girardin, 1922 – 2018 – obituary

Source:  Rockford Register Star 4/18/2018

Castrogiovanni, Anthony A. (wife Lena) – from 1979 obituary

Castrogiovanni, Anthony A. (wife Lena) (owner of Sanitary Meat Market)  homeowner 1519 Montague St.,  Source:   1937 Rockford City Directory

Castrogiovanni, Anthony A.  “Anthony Castrogiovanni, grocery founder, dies”      Source:  Rockford Morning Star 11/15/1979

Anthony “Tony” Castrogiovanni, 77, 1509 Montague St., co-founder of a grocery business that grew into Hilander Foods, died Wednesday in St. Anthony hospital after a brief illness. He came to Rockford with his parents, 70 years ago, from Aragona, Sicily.

Mr. Castrogiovanni and his brother, Joseph, started out in the meat business in 1919 at 1016 S Main St. He was associated with his brother in the first Hilander Foods market on Rockford’s east side Highland District. Before his retirement, he was President of Hilander Foods, Inc., a business made up of members of the Castrogiovanni family.

Member St. Anthony Catholic Church, member and past president of Aragona Club.

Survivors include wife, Lena, a son Anthony F. Castrogiovanni, a Rockford dentist, 3 daughters: Joanne Celitti and Patricia Di Tullio, both of Rockford, and Margaret Castelli, of Naperville, and 13 grandchildren.

Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home, St. Anthony Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 11/15/1979, and also Rockfordiana: Biographies – CAR – CAZ, 1967 to present


“Suspect in killing quiet; service today for victim” – 2004

Source: Rockford Register Star, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004

Mathew P. Cicero – 1920 – 2016


Source:  Rockford Register Star May 1, 2016


Victor “Joe” Rotello – 2010

Victor Joe Rotello

Source:  Rockford Register Star July 20, 2010

Zammuto, Raymond

68, 1203 West St., retired Rockford grocer, died Wednesday in Rochester, MN born  Jan.1, 1892 in Aragona, Italy. Married Christina LaFosa in Ladd, IL he owned and operated South Side Market on S. Main St., until 5 years ago member St Anthony Catholic Church and Aragona Society. Survivors include his widow. Arrangements by Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home.  1/21/1960

Source: Rockfordiana – Biographies – X Y Z through 1966

Parlapiano, Joseph A. – obituary, 1997

Joseph Parlapiano obit sm

Source:  Rockford Register-Star  June 17, 1997